However this was scrapped because the club in charge of the venue missed the deadline to present its project.
The Organising Committee considered Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, which would have had to have been shared with the athletics competitions.
Pool B includes South Africa, Australia, France and Spain while pool C consists of New Zealand, Great Britain, Kenya and Japan.
As is the case with olympic boxing, rugby in Ireland is organised on an all-island basis.
This means that Northern Irish players who have chosen to represent Ireland in rugby, despite the fact that they are residents of the UK, must play for the IRFU and thus must compete for Ireland.
Northern Irish players who have qualified to play international rugby for the other home nations could still play for Great Britain.
Another issue was to make Brazil's automatically qualifying team competitive.
This structure led to some minor issues regarding participation of a Great Britain team in the qualifying stages of the 2016 Games.
Due to a tradition of cooperation between the governing bodies of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland—especially during the quadrennial tours of the Southern Hemisphere by the unified British and Irish Lions 15-a-side team—these were far less contentious than in football; as early as 2011, World Rugby (then known as the International Rugby Board) endorsed the concept of a united Great Britain team for the 2016 Games.
These three British unions agreed in advance of the 2013–14 men's and women's Sevens World Series that their highest-finishing teams in that season would represent all three unions in the first stage of qualification in both 2014–15 series.
The England men's and women's teams earned the right to represent the British unions in that stage of their respective competitions.
Brazil men’s and women’s teams automatically qualified for the events.
Qualification began with the 2014–15 Sevens World Series (men's) and 2014–15 World Rugby Women's Sevens Series, where the 4 teams at the top of the standings qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games.
It will comprise 16 teams from the regional qualifiers: 4 from Europe, 3 from Africa, 3 from Asia, 2 from Oceania, 2 from North America and 2 from South America.