Rugby Sevens has been played at four Commonwealth Games since its first appearance, at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Appearing in 2002 and 2006, it is now considered a 'Core' sport by the Commonwealth Games Federation, necessitating its appearance at all future games, and was included in the 2010 Games. It is one of the two male-only sports at the Commonwealth Games, the other being boxing.
Overall Medals Table for Rugby Sevens at the Commonwealth Games
Coach Michael O’Connor’s Rugby Sevens squad broke a 12-year drought and achieved Australia’s best-ever result at a Commonwealth Games when they claimed silver in Delhi, after pushing four-time champions New Zealand all the way in the gold medal decider.
The Australians held a 10-point lead early in the second half but the experience of the Kiwis shone through when they piled on three-unanswered tries to claim their fourth successive gold medal at the 16-nation event.
The silver medal-winning performance put an end to a long drought which set in after captain David Campese’s team won bronze in Kuala Lumpur when the sport made its debut on the Games playing roster in 1998. Australia had come up short in their last two attempts, finishing fourth in Melbourne in 2006 and equal sixth in Manchester in 2002.
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