The World School Sevens is an international u18 sevens rugby event with over thirty two teams from Japan, Canada, USA, Australia, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Zealand. The tournament is broadcast live on NZ’s Sky Sport and streamed internationally.
The competition has showcased the best young talent in the world with currently twenty players going on to represent their countries at the highest level, since we started in 2016.
For 2021, the tournament, now to be played in January 2022, will feature only New Zealand based boys and girls teams due to Covid19 travel restrictions currently in place. We expect to welcome overseas teams again in late 2022 once borders reopen, and international travel resumes.
The aim of the tournament is to give players a life changing experience in New Zealand, showcase their talent and act as a development tool for the next generation of athletes in rugby sevens.
The event also involves a week of activities including an official team welcome and pōwhiri ( traditional Māori welcome), a cultural evening and a warm up game.
Next Generation Sport, the event management company, has been in involved in rugby sevens for the last 14 years including growing the National Secondary Schools programme over the last eight years from sixteen teams to over one hundred teams.