Rugby at the Olympic Games
In August 2009, the IOC voted on which two sports were to be added to the Olympic program in 2016, selecting Rugby and Golf. Although Rugby has been part of the Olympics previously, it has not been on the program since 1924. Also, in 2016, the game was played in the more exciting fast paced Rugby 7s version of the game, with competitions for both men and women.
The first ever Rugby 7s gold medal was won by the Australian women's team
- US Rugby 7s player, and a New England Patriots defensive back, Nate Ebner became the first active NFL player to compete in a Summer Olympic Games.
Rugby was played at the Olympics in the years 1900, 1908, 1920 and 1924, and has been waiting patiently for their chance to be a part of the world's greatest sporting spectacle again. More about the results of early Rugby at the Olympics in the Discontinued Olympic Sports section.
- Daniel Carroll won gold in rugby at the 1908 Summer Olympics playing for Australia and also gold while playing for the United States at the 1920 Summer Olympics. He later coached the gold-medal winning USA Rugby team at the 1924 Olympics. See more on the Greatest Rugby Players at the Olympics.