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Rugby World Cup Sevens
Sport Rugby union sevens
Instituted 1993
Number of teams 24 (Finals)
Country International (IRB)
Holders  Wales (Men's)
 Australia (Women's) (2009)

The Rugby World Cup Sevens is the premier international Rugby sevens competition. The event is organised by the sport's governing body, the International Rugby Board (IRB), and is contested by the men's national sevens teams every four years. The inaugural tournament was held in 1993 in Scotland, the birthplace of rugby sevens. The tournament is traditionally dominated by England and New Zealand, who have both won one title, and twice previous world cup holders Fiji. While both Australia and South Africa have reached the finals, but have not secured a title.

The winners of the tournament are awarded the Melrose Cup, named after the Scottish town of Melrose where the first rugby sevens game was played.

Wales are the current World Champions having won the Melrose Cup in 2009.

The 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens was held in Dubai during the first weekend of March 2009. Wales, Samoa, Argentina and Kenya combined to stun the rugby world by defeating the traditional powerhouses of New Zealand, England, South Africa and Fiji in the quarter-finals. This guaranteed a new Melrose Cup winner. Wales and Argentina met in the final after winning their semi-final games, with Wales triumphing 19-12. Wales' Taliesin Selley was named player of the tournament.

Contents

Tournaments

Men's

Year Host Final
Winner Score Runner-up
1993
Details
Scotland
Scotland

England
21 - 17
Australia
1997
Details
Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Fiji
24 - 21
South Africa
2001
Details
Argentina
Argentina

New Zealand
31 - 12
Australia
2005
Details
Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Fiji
29 - 19
New Zealand
2009
Details
Dubai
Dubai

Wales
19 - 12
Argentina

Women's

Year Host Final
Winner Score Runner-up
2009
Details
Dubai
Dubai

Australia
15 - 10
New Zealand

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Simple English

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 winning trophy is the Melrose Cup, named after the Scottish town of Melrose where the first sevens game was played. The current holders are Fiji who have won the Cup twice since it was first played in 1993.

Year Host Final
Winner Score Runner-up
1993

Scotland

England
21 - 17
Australia
1997

Hong Kong

Fiji
24 - 21
South Africa
2001

Argentina

New Zealand
31 - 12
Australia
2005

Hong Kong

Fiji
29 - 19
New Zealand
2009

Dubai








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