Rugby World Cup Sevens

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. England and New Zealand have both won one title each with Fiji having won twice in 1997 and 2005. 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.

 

Rugby World Cup Sevens History

 

 

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