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. 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.

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Past Olympics

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.

Significant Performances

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.


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Olympics Extra

The next Olympics will be the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games, followed by the Winter Olympics 2022 in Beijing. Check out the list of Olympic Games sports, as well as discontinued and demonstration sports.

Major Events Extra

The largest sporting event in the world is the Olympic Games, but there are many other multi-sport games. In terms of single sport events, nothing beats the FIFA World Cup. To see what's coming up, check out the calendar of major sporting events.

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