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Rugby 101: Qualification

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Rugby 101: Qualification

How rugby teams qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics. 

12 teams will participate in the 2016 Rio Olympics rugby tournament. How they will qualify:

4 teams: 2014-2015 World Rugby Sevens World Series
The top four teams in the final ranking of the 2014-2015 World Rugby Sevens World Series.

6 teams: 2015 World Rugby Regional Association Sevens Championships
The winner of each of the six 2015 World Rugby Regional Association Sevens Championships:

  • Africa 
  • Asia 
  • Europe 
  • North America and the Caribbean 
  • Oceania 
  • South America 

1 team: Final Olympic Qualification Tournament
A tournament with 16 teams. The winner will qualify to go to Rio.

1 team: Host Country Place
As the host country, Brazil is guaranteed a quota place. 

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