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Encyclopedia > Rugby World Cup Sevens

The Rugby World Cup Sevens is the world's premier international contest in the Sevens version of rugby union, first held in Scotland in 1993 and held every four years. The prize is the Melrose Cup, named after the Scottish town of Melrose where the first Sevens game was played. The current holders are Fiji. Bold text // Rugby sevens being played at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, which was held at Melbournes Telstra Dome. ... A rugby union scrum. ... This article is about the country. ... Melrose(Am Maol Ros in Gaelic) is a small, historic town in the Scottish Borders. ...

Contents

Tournaments

Year Host Final
Winner Score Runner-up
1993
Details
Scotland England
England
21 - 17 Australia
Australia
1997
Details
Hong Kong Fiji
Fiji
24 - 21 South Africa
South Africa
2001
Details
Argentina New Zealand
New Zealand
31 - 12 Australia
Australia
2005
Details
Hong Kong New Zealand
Fiji
29 - 19 New Zealand
New Zealand
2009
Details

The inaugural 1993 Rugby World Cup Sevens was held at Murrayfield in Edinburgh in April 1993. ... This article is about the country. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... The English national rugby union sevens team compete in the World Sevens Series, Rugby World Cup Sevens and the Commonwealth Games. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The 1997 Rugby World Cup Sevens was the second edition of the tournament and held in Hong Kong, China, Fiji defeated South Africa 24-21 to take the title for the first time. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Fiji. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Africa. ... The 2001 Rugby World Cup Sevens or the Melrose Cup was the 3rd edition of the tournament and held in Argentina. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The 2005 Rugby World Cup Sevens or the Melrose Cup was the 4th edition of the tournament and held in Hong Kong, China. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Fiji. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... The 2009 Rugby Sevens World Cup will be the 5th edition of the tournament. ...

History

The Rugby World Cup Sevens originated with a proposal by the Scottish Rugby Union to the International Rugby Football Board. The inaugural tournament was held at Murrayfield in Edinburgh in April 1993. Logo of Scottish Rugby Union The Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) is the governing body of rugby union in Scotland. ... The IRB logo. ... Murrayfield Stadium is a sports stadium in the capital of , Edinburgh, and is the home of Scottish Rugby Union. ... , Edinburgh (() pronounced ; Scottish Gaelic: ) is the capital of Scotland and its second largest city. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ...


Hong Kong, which had played a major role in the international development of the Sevens game, would host the 1997 event. The final, won by Fiji over South Africa, is still considered one of the best Sevens matches of all time. The Fiji team had promised the country it would return with the title, and captain Waisale Serevi had also promised his daughters the same. Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... Waisale Tikoisolomoni Serevi (born 20 May 1968 in Qarani on the island of Gau, Fiji) is a Fijian rugby union footballer. ...


The 2001 tournament, held in Mar del Plata, Argentina, would add another chapter to the legend of New Zealand's Jonah Lomu. Lomu, used sparingly in pool play, received his opportunity when New Zealand captain and Sevens legend Eric Rush broke his leg against England in the last pool match. Lomu went on to score three tries in the final. Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Map of Mar del Plata and the surrounding region Panoramic view of Varese beach, Mar del Plata Mar del Plata is an Argentine city located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in the Buenos Aires Province, 400 km south of Buenos Aires. ... Jonah Tali Lomu, MNZM (born May 12, 1975) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer who has played 73 times (63 caps) as an All Black after debuting in 1994. ... Eric Rush is a New Zealand rugby union footballer and a Rugby Sevens legend, arguably one of the greatest Sevens players to grace the game. ...


The 2005 event returned to Hong Kong. Serevi, who came out of international retirement to captain Fiji, placed an exclamation point on his storied career by leading Fiji to their second Melrose Cup. In the process, they denied New Zealand their second consecutive Melrose Cup and also prevented England from becoming the first nation to hold the Rugby World Cup in both fifteens and Sevens. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The William Webb Ellis Trophy, the main prize of the Rugby Union World Cup The Rugby World Cup is the premier international Rugby Union contest in the world, first held jointly in Australia and New Zealand in 1987, a full 33 years after the first Rugby League World Cup and...


The top all-time try-scorer for the Rugby World Cup Sevens has been Fijian rugby winger Marika Vunibaka who has scored 23 tries in 3 of the sevens world cups he has played in since he made his debut in 1997. Marika Vunibaka (born 3 November 1974) is a Fijian rugby union footballer. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ...


See also

For the world cup that is contested in rugby league, see Rugby League World Cup. ... The Hong Kong Sevens (香港七人欖球賽) is generally considered the premier tournament on the World Sevens Series in Rugby Union. ... The Wellington Sevens or The AXA New Zealand International Sevens (known in 2007, however, as the NZI Sevens) is an annual rugby sevens tournament held in Wellington, New Zealand. ... The IRB Sevens World Series, known officially as the IRB Sevens before the 2006-07 season and also sometimes called the World Sevens Series, is a series of international rugby union sevens tournaments organised for the first time in the 1999-2000 season. ...

External links

  • 2005 Rugby World Cup Sevens website (from the IRB)
  • RugbyRugby.com world rugby news website

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