Sevens Rugby gained approval as an Olympic Sport in 2009 and will be making its first appearance in 2016 at the Rio De Janeiro Olympic Games.
This creates an exciting opportunity within Australian Rugby, which has a proud history of Sevens. Queensland Rugby currently supplies a large number of players to both men's and women's national squads. Queensland's contribution to nurturing the growth and development of the seven-a-side game can be seen at schoolboy level with Keebra Park High taking out the inaugural Australian National Schoolboy Sevens Championships in 2010 and again in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Queensland Rugby will continue to grow the game of Sevens in the future by developing programs throughout many regions in Queensland, giving anyone interested an opportunity to learn and master the game at all levels. It is believed that Sevens can find a place in the rugby calendar that will allow it to add to the enjoyment of the game, while also providing another means for introducing rugby to new and emerging markets.
This will include the introduction of new Sevens competitions, along with the further development of existing tournaments/competitions.