Rugby Sevens World Cup
The Rugby Sevens World Cup is the premier Rugby Sevens competition, and is organised and held by the sport’s governing body, World Rugby.
The tournament is contested every four years as per ‘World Cup’ standards. The tournament was first held in 1993 in Scotland, the birthplace of the game itself.
The Melrose Cup is awarded to the winning nation, with the trophy named after the town of Melrose in Scotland where the game was first played.
Fiji and New Zealand have won the tournament twice, with England and Wales taking home the trophy once each.
In 2009, after the inclusion of Rugby Sevens at the Olympic Games was announced, the International Rugby Board (IRB, now World Rugby) stated their intention to end the World Cup Sevens so that the Olympic Games would be the premier Rugby Sevens tournament. However, after further thought the IRB announced that the World Cup would remain, and integrated into the Olympic calendar, meaning that an elite level Rugby Sevens tournament would take place every two years from 2016.
Rugby Sevens World Cup Winners
Below is a list of Rugby Sevens World Cup winners, runners-up, Finals scores, and host nations.
|1997||Fiji||24–21||South Africa||Hong Kong|
|2001||New Zealand||31–12||Australia||Mar del Plata, Argentina|
|2005||Fiji||29–19||New Zealand||Hong Kong|
|2009||Wales||19–12||Argentina||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|2013||New Zealand||33–0||England||Moscow, Russia|
|2018||TBD||TBD||TBD||San Jose and San Francisco, USA|
Rugby Sevens World Cup – Players of the Tournament
Below is a list of Rugby Sevens Players of the Tournament
|2001||New Zealand||Jonah Lomu|
|2013||New Zealand||Tim Mikkelson|