Fiji, New Zealand, South Africa qualify for Rio Olympics

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) Fiji, New Zealand and South Africa are the first nations to qualify for the Olympic debut of men's rugby sevens at next summer's Games in Rio.

The three teams qualified through the results achieved at the Sevens World Series ahead of the final leg of the competition in London. They joined Brazil, which is automatically qualified as the host nation.

The top four nations in this year's Sevens World Series qualify for the Olympic tournament, with England currently fourth, 16 points ahead of Australia. The hosts will secure qualification for a British team either if they reach the quarterfinals next weekend in London or Australia fails to make it to the last-eight.

Seven-a-side rugby will feature at the 2016 Olympics for the first time.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.