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What is World 12s?

World 12s is a new rugby union tournament for our changing fast-paced world. The world’s best players will be split into franchised teams and will compete annually around the world in an exciting 12 v 12 format. This reduced format will lead to a high scoring, high pressure and attractive rugby being played, whilst keeping the shape and a semblance of the structure of 15s. World 12s will also offer unprecedented prize money for the tournament winners.

It’s going to bring so many positive changes to enhance our game, It will have speed, physicality and skill. Similar to T20 cricket it will create an excitement that we are missing at present.

Former Rugby World Cup-winning
All Black coach & World12s ambassador,
Steve Hansen

“It’s going to bring so many positive changes to enhance our game, it will have speed, physicality and skill. Similar to T20 cricket it will create an excitement that we are missing at present.”

Rugby World Cup-winning All Black coach &
World 12s ambassador,
Steve Hansen

How will World 12s be played?

World 12s will follow the current laws of 15s, but with a few exciting adaptations:
• 12 players in a team – six forwards and six backs
• 15-minute halves
• Conversions will be drop goals only
• Only one scrum reset, followed by a free kick
• Scrum infringements are penalised by a differential penalty (a penalty that cannot be kicked at goal)
• In the knockout stages, if matches are tied at full time, a golden point will decide the winner

Latest News

Matt Giteau announced as latest World 12s Ambassador

The Wallaby legend tells us what he is excited about when it comes to World 12s

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Schalk Burger is batting for a new format with new challenges

Schalk Burger talks to us about what he thinks World 12s can bring to the game of rugby

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Significant interest from potential franchise owners

An ‘extremely encouraging’ response from potential franchise owners.

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