What is Rugby X? How is it different from Rugby?

What is Rugby X? The first event – featuring men and women – has been confirmed for 29 October 2019 at London’s iconic 02 Arena.

The five-a-side format is described as “fast and furious”, while retaining rugby’s “core principles”.

“It will bring new players and supporters into the sport,” sau=id former England a Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan.

“I see it as a really exciting variation on the game.”

What is Rugby X?

  • a 5-a-side game played on a smaller pitch without posts
  • an emphasis on skill over power
  • launch event to take place during the latter stages of the Rugby World Cup
  • teams will be comprised of mainly international 7s players
  • to be shown on terrestrial television at peak hours
  • some international stars whose teams have been knocked out of the World Cup may be involved


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