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.

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Registration forms are available right now for the 2021 World School Sevens Tournament!

Our History


The first World Schools Sevens event was a great success with 10 teams competing at Sacred Heart College and being broadcast on Sky Sport 1. Australia Won the boys’ title and the NZ Condors team beat the Wasps to place first in the girls’.

3 players went on from the tournament to represent their nations at the senior level during the HSBC World Series event.


After a stellar first year, the event grew to host 14 sides including teams from Canada, Japan and Tonga. The NZ u17 girls triumphed over Australia to win the girls’ title, while the NZ Condors Boys side defeated the NZ Fijians for first place in the Boys’ division.

Key developments included expanding live coverage to both NZ Sky Sports and Fox Sports in Australia, as well as being broadcast to Fiji. Media coverage also increased with interviews on TV1 & TV3 and content highlights on the NZ Herald & TVNZ websites.


The 3rd edition of the World School Sevens lived up to the hype, as 19 teams competed over two days for top position. The NZ boys squad and the Australian girls team won their respective finals which were broadcast throughout New Zealand on Sky TV.

The tournament is also gaining strong media attention including local papers, several TVNZ news stories and over 120,000 views on social media. The event was also live streamed with large international followings in NZ, Australia, Fiji, Canada and parts of Europe.