About the Tournament
The Vancouver Sevens Invitational (VSI) is a two-day Rugby Sevens Tournament held at the University of British Columbia. Taking place on March 7-8, 2019, the VSI is the ideal stage for elite teams preparing for a packed summer of top level Rugby Sevens. In addition, it is a great platform for youth development squads to gain meaningful competition alongside some of the world’s best teams. Now in its fourth year, the VSI has become a regular feature in the West Coast rugby calendar and is one of the highlights of the Vancouver Rugby Festival.
On this page, you will find all the information you might need about the Vancouver Sevens Invitational
So whether this is your first time reading about rugby or you are looking to register for one of our exciting events, take some time and explore what the VRF has to offer.
The proximity of the Vancouver Rugby Festival to the HSBC Canada Sevens Tournament means this is more than just a couple of days of competition. Once again, players and staff taking part in the VSI will have exclusive access to reduced rate tickets for both Saturday and Sunday’s action at BC Place. This gives teams access to a perfect combo of playing and watching some of the best examples of Rugby Sevens anywhere in the world.
For the Elite teams, there is also the tantalising incentive of playing in front of an international crowd of thousands on Saturday, March 9th, with the final matches of this division held at BC Place during the HSBC Canada Sevens event. Does your team have what it takes to perform on the big stage?
Elite Men's & Women's
Elite competitions at the VSI have been a huge success. International men’s & women’s teams such as Canada Maple Leafs, USA Falcons, Fiji Blonde, France and South Africa have travelled to the event, with some lucky enough to play their final match at BC Place Stadium, in front of 35,000+ rugby fans. Once again, the tournament is expected to host a number of top-level sides from around the world in this division, all competing for the $5,000 prize for the winners.
Does your team have what it takes to challenge them for the top spot this year?
NextGen Men's & Women's
After the successful introduction of the NextGen division for developing young adult teams, it is back to provide plenty more action and excitement. Once again, we recommend players in NextGen teams to be born 2000 or before, creating a platform between the Age-Grade and Elite divisions where developing young adult players can thrive. We’re calling on college, university and development squads looking to battle it out and prove that they are the aspiring stars for tomorrow.
Who will be the NextGen champions this year?
Age-Grade Boys' & Girls' (U18 & U16)
The Vancouver Sevens Invitational is about teams with ambition, and this division is no different. Not only will your youth players find a high level of competition on the field, but they will have a unique chance to observe and learn from some of the top athletes in the sport. Give your players something to aim for and let’s inspire them to become the very best Rugby Sevens stars. For U18 players must be born 2001 or earlier and for U16 players must be born 2003 or earlier.
Venue - Gerald McGavin Rugby Centre
The tournament will once again be proudly staged at the Gerald McGavin Rugby Centre at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Exact field layout is still being confirmed, but meanwhile, you use the resources below to get an idea of the location of the field relative to the rest of the city.
BC Rugby acknowledges that the land on which we gather is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
If teams have any specific questions about the venue, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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FAQ - Get the Answers
Q. When will registrations close for the 2019 Vancouver Sevens Invitational?
A. Registrations will close on January 31st, 2018. Spaces are limited, so make sure your team signs up ASAP.
Q. Will I be able to purchase discounted tickets for the 2019 HSBC Canada Sevens Vancouver Tournament by entering a Team in the 2019 Vancouver Sevens Invitational?
A. Yes! BC Rugby will be offering exclusive discounted Tournament Passes to Teams entered into the 2019 VSI. Availability is limited as these passes are offered on a first come, first serve basis when you enter your team.
Q. Who do I contact for more information on the Vancouver Sevens Invitational?
A. For information on accommodation and coming to Vancouver, or further information on registering your team, please email email@example.com
Q. How can I volunteer for the Festival?
A. Events like this don't just happen by magic, they require a lot of work from volunteers behind the scenes. You don't need to be able to commit to both days, even just a few hours could make all the difference.
If you would like to volunteer your assistance to this year's Vancouver Rugby Festival, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. I’m a qualified Referee, how do I get involved?
A. With so many divisions in action at the same time, we are always on the lookout for qualified match officials to get involved. To register your interest in refereeing at this year's Vancouver Rugby Festival, please email Chris Assmus