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The 2014 New Zealand National Rugby Sevens Tournament known as the Bayleys National Sevens will be hosted in Rotorua, New Zealand on the 11th and 12th January 2014. The National Sevens was founded in 1975, with the Bay of Plenty ‘home of Sevens’ last hosting the event in 1997 and 1998 having matches played at the Rotorua International Stadium. Sixteen men’s and ten women’s provincial teams will qualify to compete in the annual national tournament following three regional tournaments (Southern, Central and Northern regions) in November and December.
The inclusion of Sevens Rugby in the 2016 and 2020 Olympics, combined with the increasing growth in the worldwide Sevens competition, has raised the profile of the game to a whole new level on the international stage.
Teams are divided into pools of four teams, who play a round-robin within the pool. The top two teams in each pool advance to the Cup competition. The four quarterfinal losers are dropped into the bracket for the Plate. The Bowl will be contested by the third-and fourth-place finishers in each pool, with the losers in the Bowl quarterfinals dropping in the bracket for the Shield.