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Rugby at the Olympic Games

Rugby is played at the Olympics in the more exciting fast-paced Rugby 7s version of the game, with competitions for both men and women. Rugby was added to the Olympic program in 2016. Although Rugby has been part of the Olympics previously, it had not been on the program since 1924.

1908 Olympic Games Rugby Match1908 Olympic Games Rugby Match (image source: State Library of NSW)

Past Olympics

Rugby was played at the Olympics in the years 1900, 1908, 1920 and 1924. This major team sport had 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.

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