A Sevens History
A Scottish Beginning
Ned Haig, who invented
An International Tournament
An Olympic Sport
- The International Rugby Board introduces a men's Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament in 1993, with national teams meeting every 4 years. In 2009 Wales claims the men's World Cup with their 19-12 victory over Argentina. Fiji is the only team so far to have won the men's Rugby World Cup Sevens twice, both times with Waisale Serevi as captain. In 1997 Fiji ousts South Africa by 24-21 in the final, and wins 29-17 against New Zealand in 2005. Australia conquers the women's section when it is played in 2009 for the first time, defeating New Zealand by 15-10. The United States women's team reaches the semi-finals, but is knocked out of the tournament by the South African women - both teams end-up 3rd overall. The 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament will be held in Russia, from June 28-30.
- Sevens rugby becomes part of the Commonwealth Games in 1998, and New Zealand wins every Commonwealth Games tournament held since - most recently, in 2010.
- The IRB launches a men's Sevens World Series in 1999, with teams from around the world competing in matches staged in cities all over the globe. New Zealand wins the men's World Series 10 times. The IRB starts a Women's Sevens World Series in 2012-13, and in February 2013 the USA team reaches the finals of the Houston leg of the women's series. New Zealand wins the women's series, and the USA finishes 4th overall.
An Olympic Sport
- Sevens is accepted as an Olympic sport in 2009, and will be part of the Olympic Games from 2016.
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