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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 Scotlandmarker, 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 Melrosemarker 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 Dubaimarker during the first weekend of March 2009. Walesmarker, 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.

Tournaments

Men's

Year Host Final
Winner Score Runner-up
1993

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Scotlandmarker
21 - 17
1997

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Hong Kongmarker
24 - 21
2001

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Argentinamarker
31 - 12
2005

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Hong Kongmarker
29 - 19
2009

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Dubaimarker
19 - 12


Women's

Year Host Final
Winner Score Runner-up
2009

Details

Dubaimarker
15 - 10


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 Murrayfieldmarker in Edinburghmarker in April 1993.

Hong Kongmarker, 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 Platamarker, Argentinamarker, 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 Fijianmarker 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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