2023 Sevens Challenger Series – April 20-22

UPDATE 4/20: Watch on Youtube but note that we’re hearing it’s a very poor production. We’re also hearing that CONFIRMED scores will be released later as it doesn’t appear there is anyone on site that has access to the scoring module for World Rugby.

The third edition of the World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series 2023 is set to take place at Markotter Stadium in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The event comprises of combined men’s and women’s tournaments that will occur on April 20-22 and 28-30.

Similar to the Olympic Games format, the 12 men’s and women’s teams will be divided into three pools of four. The top two from each pool, along with the two best third-placed finishers, will advance to the knockout rounds, with the quarter-finals and semi-finals leading to the bronze and gold medal matches.

In the women’s tournament, the 12 teams have been divided into three pools, with Poland, Columbia, Hong Kong China, and Paraguay in Pool D. Hosts South Africa will compete against Madagascar, Mexico, and Czechia in Pool E, while Pool F features China, Belgium, Papua New Guinea, and Thailand.

The winner of the women’s competition will receive an automatic entry to the HSBC World Rugby Sevens World Series 2024.


Pool D

Pool E

Pool F

Hong KongMadagascarChina
ParaguayMexicoPapua New Guinea
PolandSouth AfricaThailand

Schedule & Results


Time (CST)

Team 1


Team 2



April 202:00 AMBelgium27
Papua New Guinea
12Pool Play
April 202:00 AMMadagascar26Mexico7Pool Play
April 202:22 AMChina12Thailand0Pool Play
April 202:22 AMSouth Africa7Czechia7Pool Play
April 204:22 AMColombia15Hong Kong12Pool Play
April 204:44 AMPoland15Paraguay7Pool Play
April 205:16 AMBelgium19Thailand0Pool Play
April 205:16 AMMadagascar7Czechia12Pool Play
April 205:38 AMChina46
Papua New Guinea
0Pool Play
April 205:38 AMSouth Africa36Mexico0Pool Play
April 207:19 AMColombia32Paraguay12Pool Play
April 207:46 AMPoland31Hong Kong0Pool Play
April 212:00 AM
Papua New Guinea
7Thailand48Pool Play
April 212:00 AMMexico7Czechia5Pool Play
April 212:22 AMChina33Belgium0Pool Play
April 212:22 AMHong Kong17Paraguay12Pool Play
April 214:10 AMSouth Africa14Madagascar5Pool Play
April 214:32 AMPoland26Colombia19Pool Play
April 216:54 AMSouth Africa29Thailand12Cup QFs
April 217:16 AMChina32Colombia0Cup QFs
April 217:38 AMCzechia17Belgium26Cup QFs
April 217:38 AMPoland19Madagascar5Cup QFs
April 218:00 AMHong Kong44Papua New Guinea79th/10th QFs
April 218:00 AMMexico19Paraguay59th/10th QFs
April 222:00 AMThailand19Colombia5 
April 222:22 AMCzechia10Madagascar5 
April 222:54 AMPapua New Guinea10Paraguay5 
April 222:54 AMSouth Africa5China0Cup SFs
April 223:16 AMBelgium24Poland19Cup SFs
April 223:16 AMHong Kong15Mexico12 
April 224:52 AMThailand10Czechia347th/8th
April 224:52 AMColombia12Madagascar145th/6th
April 225:46 AMChina14Poland10Bronze Final
April 226:33 AMSouth Africa17Belgium10Cup Final

Past Results

  • 2022
  • 2021 – cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
  • 2020

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