Rugby World Cup Sevens

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The Rugby World Cup Sevens was the world's premier international contest in the Sevens version of rugby union before the sport was added to the Olympics starting in 2016. The World Cup was first held for men's teams only in Scotland in 1993; a women's World Cup was added in 2009 when the event was held in Dubai. Through 2013, the World Cup has been held every four years; after a five-year break for the next tournament in 2018, the four-year cycle will restart. The trophy for the winners of the men's tournament is the Melrose Cup, named after the Scottish town of Melrose where the first sevens game was played. The current holders for both men and women are New Zealand, who won in 2013.

The tournament's most recent edition, in Russia in 2013, was planned to be the last. In October 2009, the International Olympic Committee voted to add men's and women's rugby sevens to the Summer Olympics starting in 2016. The International Rugby Board (IRB), which runs rugby union around the world, said in September 2009 that it would no longer hold a World Cup if the sport would be part of the Olympics. However, the IRB changed its mind, saying in 2013 that the World Cup would be kept. The next World Cup will be held in 2018, and from that point will continue every four years.

Men's tournaments[change | change source]

Year Host Final
Winner Score Runner-up
1993
Scotland
Scotland
England
England
21 - 17 Australia
Australia
1997
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Fiji
Fiji
24 - 21 South Africa
South Africa
2001
Argentina
Argentina
New Zealand
New Zealand
31 - 12 Australia
Australia
2005
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Fiji
Fiji
29 - 19 New Zealand
New Zealand
2009
United Arab Emirates
Dubai
Wales
Wales
19 - 12 Argentina
Argentina
2013
Russia
Russia
New Zealand
New Zealand
33 - 0 England
England
2018
TBA

Women's tournaments[change | change source]

Year Host Final
Winner Score Runner-up
2009
United Arab Emirates
Dubai
Australia
Australia
15 - 10 New Zealand
New Zealand
2013
Russia
Russia
New Zealand
New Zealand
29 - 12 Canada
Canada
2018
TBA