THE International Rugby Board council has approved the qualification process for the 2016 Olympic Games.
IRB Head of Competitions and Performance Mark Egan yesterday announced the road to Rio.
He said there would be three qualification processes. He said teams have three chances of making it to the Olympics.
"What will happen is that there'll be three stages of the qualification process, the first stage is the IRB Sevens World Series will be used to qualify four teams from the 2014-15 season," he said in a press conference.
"So the top ranked four teams of that season by the end of May 2015 qualify directly for the Olympic Games in Rio.
"And between June and September of 2015 each of the six IRB regions will have an Olympic qualifications event where there will be one team from each of the six regions qualifying for the Olympics so that will bring us up to 10 teams qualified.
"And then the final stage of the process is a repechage tournament.
"Teams that haven't qualified through the series or their region based on rankings and will participate in a final tournament to qualify either one or two teams whether Brazil get automatic qualification or not," he added.