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Rugby

Whether it be rugby league, rugby union, or rugby sevens, is there another sport on earth as obviously loved by its fans and players? With federations on every continent (we're not sure about Antarctica, but we wouldn't be surprised) rugby thrives and rugby sevens, with a vote of confidence from International Olympic President Jacques Rogge, is trying to become an Olympic event. The following is a small sampling of the sport from the last couple weeks. ( 25 photos total)

Japan's Hidefumi Yamamoto bleeds during the preliminaries of the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament against England March 28. Hong Kong is the fifth stop on the eight-leg Sevens world series with further events to come in Australia, England and Scotland which will reinforce the sport's claims for a berth at the 2016 Olympics. (REUTERS/Tyrone Siu)

Fans enjoy the second day of the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens, the fifth leg of the RIB World Seven Series in Hong Kong March 28. (MIKE CLARKE/AFP/Getty Images) #

Emosi Vucago of Fiji scores a try during the final match against South Africa at the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens tournament in Hong Kong March 29. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) #

Gloucester's Olly Morgan, left, battles for the ball with Ospreys' Jonathan Spratt during their EDF Energy Cup semi-final rugby match in Coventry, England March 28. (REUTERS/Darren Staples) #

Ifan Evans, bottom, of Wales fights for the ball with Chinese players during the second day of the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens. (TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images) #

England's Mark Cueto, center, vies with Scotland's Graeme Morrison, right, and Alasdair Strokosch during the Six Nations Rugby Union match between England and Scotland at Twickenham stadium in London March 21. (CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images) #

Ben Gollings of England is tackled by He Zhongliang of China during the first day of the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens. (TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images) #

Fans enjoy the last day of the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens. (MIKE CLARKE/AFP/Getty Images) #

Fans enjoy the second day of the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens. (MIKE CLARKE/AFP/Getty Images) #

Children enjoy the second day of the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens. (MIKE CLARKE/AFP/Getty Images) #

Rugby fans wearing costumes of TV "Teletubbies" characters watch a second day match of the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) #

Shalom Suniula of the US dives to score against Kenya during the second day of the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens March 28. (TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images) #

Justin Boyd of the US is tackled by Kenyan players during the second day of the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens March 28. (TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images) #

A rugby fan smiles in the second day of the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens March 28. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) #

England fans react during the game against Fiji in the cup quarter-final during the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens March 29. (ANTONY DICKSON/AFP/Getty Images) #

Ospreys' Ryan Jones cleans blood from his face during the EDF Energy Cup semi-final rugby match against Gloucester in Coventry, England March 28. (REUTERS/Darren Staples) #

Perpignan's Farid Sid is tackled by Dax' Julien Brugel during the French Top 14 rugby union match March 28 in Dax. (JEAN-PIERRE MULLER/AFP/Getty Images) #

Kenya celebrates their win over New Zealand on the last day of the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens March 29. (MICHAEL PERINI/AFP/Getty Images) #

Beauties and a beast: fans enjoy the last day of the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens March 29. (PAUL DEL BIANCO/AFP/Getty Images) (REUTERS/Bobby Yip) #

Australia's Domonic Shipperley is tackled by South African players during the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Sevens March 29. (REUTERS/Tyrone Siu) #

Australia's Jonathan Jenkins, left, fights for the ball with South Africa's Ryno Benjamin during the quarter-finals match at the Hong Kong Sevens March 29. (REUTERS/Bobby Yip) #

England's Isoa Damu is tackled by Fiji's Vereniki Goneva during the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Sevens March 29. (REUTERS/Bobby Yip) #

Toulouse's Cedric Heymans, center, and Paris' Juan Manuel Leguizamon, on ground, stare at the ball in a ruck during a French Top14 rugby union match in Toulouse, France March 29. (REMY GABALDA/AFP/Getty Images) #

Toulouse's Romain Millo Chluski grabs the ball in a line-out during a French Top14 rugby union match in Toulouse, France March 29. (REMY GABALDA/AFP/Getty Images) #

Glenn Stewart of the Sea Eagles sports a large bump as he receives treatment for a blow to the head during the round three NRL match between the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles and the Penrith Panthers at Brookvale Oval March 30 in Sydney, Australia. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images) #