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The 1997 Rugby World Cup Sevens was the second edition of the Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament and the first to be held in Hong Kong. It was the last major sporting event to be held in the then British dependency before the transfer of sovereignty to China which took place just three months later. Fiji defeated South Africa 24–21 to take the title for the first time.[1] The Final is considered to be one of the best sevens matches of all time.[citation needed]

1997 Rugby World Cup Sevens
Tournament details
Host nation British Hong Kong
Dates21 March – 23 March
No. of nations24
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Fiji
Tournament statistics
Top scorer(s)Waisale Serevi  Fiji (117 pts)
Marika Vunibaka  Fiji (12 tries)
1993
2001

Contents

Participating nationsEdit

The twenty four teams were divided into eight pools of three as follows:

Pool A

Pool B

Pool C

Pool D

Pool E

Pool F

Pool G

Pool H

SquadsEdit

ResultsEdit

Day 1Edit

21 March 1997
13:00
POOL A
England   33 – 12   Canada

21 March 1997
15:41
POOL A
Zimbabwe   42 – 7   Canada

21 March 1997
18:51
POOL A
England   26 – 7   Zimbabwe

21 March 1997
13:20
POOL B
Australia   19 – 19   Scotland

21 March 1997
16:03
POOL B
Romania   14 – 26   Scotland

21 March 1997
19:10
POOL B
Australia   38 – 7   Romania

21 March 1997
13:40
POOL C
New Zealand   47 – 14   Japan

21 March 1997
16:21
POOL C
Tonga   35 – 7   Japan

21 March 1997
19:30
POOL C
New Zealand   21 – 7   Tonga

21 March 1997
14:00
POOL D
Fiji   59 – 0   Portugal

21 March 1997
16:40
POOL D
Hong Kong   33 – 12   Portugal

21 March 1997
19:50
POOL D
Fiji   45 – 0   Hong Kong

21 March 1997
14:20
POOL E
France   35 – 5   United States

21 March 1997
17:00
POOL E
South Korea   7 – 33   United States

21 March 1997
20:10
POOL E
France   38 – 5   South Korea

21 March 1997
14:40
POOL F
Spain   26 – 5   Morocco

21 March 1997
17:19
POOL F
Cook Islands   31 – 17   Morocco

21 March 1997
20:30
POOL F
Spain   31 – 12   Cook Islands

21 March 1997
15:00
POOL G
South Africa   45 – 7   Argentina

21 March 1997
17:40
POOL G
Ireland   22 – 31   Argentina

21 March 1997
20:50
POOL G
South Africa   38 – 5   Ireland

21 March 1997
15:20
POOL H
Samoa   48 – 5   Namibia

21 March 1997
18:32
POOL H
Wales   12 – 12   Namibia

21 March 1997
21:10
POOL H
Samoa   26 – 24   Wales

Seedings after Day 1Edit

Team Pld W D L PF PA +/- Seed Day 2 Pool
  Fiji 2 2 0 0 104 0 104 1 A2
  South Africa 2 2 0 0 83 12 71 2 B2
  Samoa 2 2 0 0 74 29 45 3 C2
  France 2 2 0 0 73 10 63 4 D2
  New Zealand 2 2 0 0 68 21 47 5 E2
  England 2 2 0 0 59 19 40 6 F2
  Spain 2 2 0 0 57 17 40 7 G2
  Australia 2 1 1 0 57 26 31 8 H2
  Scotland 2 1 1 0 45 33 12 9 H2
  Zimbabwe 2 1 0 1 49 33 16 10 G2
  Cook Islands 2 1 0 1 43 48 -5 11 F2
  Tonga 2 1 0 1 42 28 14 12 E2
  United States 2 1 0 1 38 42 -4 13 D2
  Argentina 2 1 0 1 38 67 -29 14 C2
  Hong Kong 2 1 0 1 33 57 -24 15 B2
  Wales 2 0 1 1 36 38 -2 16 A2
  Namibia 2 0 1 1 17 60 -43 17 A2
  Ireland 2 0 0 2 27 69 -42 18 B2
  Morocco 2 0 0 2 22 57 -35 19 C2
  Romania 2 0 0 2 21 64 -43 20 D2
  Japan 2 0 0 2 21 82 -61 21 E2
  Canada 2 0 0 2 19 75 -56 22 F2
  South Korea 2 0 0 2 12 71 -59 23 G2
  Portugal 2 0 0 2 12 92 -80 24 H2

Day 2Edit

Key to colours in group tables
Team that progressed to the Cup Quarter Finals (also indicated in bold type)
Team that progressed to the Plate Quarter Finals (also indicated in bold italics)
Team that progressed to the Bowl Quarter Finals (also indicated in plain italics)

All times Hong Kong time (UTC+1)

Pool AEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA +/- Pts
  Fiji 2 2 0 0 101 0 101 6
  Wales 2 1 0 1 40 40 0 4
  Namibia 2 0 0 2 5 106 -101 2
22 March 1997
10:59
Fiji   66 – 0   Namibia

22 March 1997
13:40
Wales   40 – 5   Namibia

22 March 1997
16:19
Fiji   35 – 0   Wales

Pool BEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA +/- Pts
  South Africa 2 2 0 0 63 12 51 6
  Hong Kong 2 1 0 1 31 34 -3 4
  Ireland 2 0 0 2 12 60 -48 2
22 March 1997
11:19
South Africa   34 – 7   Ireland

22 March 1997
13:59
Hong Kong   26 – 5   Ireland

22 March 1997
16:39
South Africa   29 – 5   Hong Kong

Pool CEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA +/- Pts
  Samoa 2 2 0 0 70 12 58 6
  Argentina 2 1 0 1 45 35 10 4
  Morocco 2 0 0 2 7 75 -68 2
22 March 1997
11:39
Samoa   42 – 0   Morocco

22 March 1997
14:19
Argentina   33 – 7   Morocco

22 March 1997
16:58
Samoa   28 – 12   Argentina

Pool DEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA +/- Pts
  France 2 2 0 0 73 7 66 6
  Romania 2 1 0 1 17 45 -28 4
  United States 2 0 0 2 19 57 -38 2
22 March 1997
12:00
France   33 – 0   Romania

22 March 1997
14:38
United States   12 – 17   Romania

22 March 1997
17:19
France   40 – 7   United States

Pool EEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA +/- Pts
  New Zealand 2 2 0 0 78 5 73 6
  Tonga 2 1 0 1 40 57 -17 4
  Japan 2 0 0 2 26 82 -56 2
22 March 1997
12:19
New Zealand   47 – 0   Japan

22 March 1997
14:59
Tonga   35 – 26   Japan

22 March 1997
17:41
New Zealand   31 – 5   Tonga

Pool FEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA +/- Pts
  England 2 2 0 0 59 17 42 6
  Cook Islands 2 1 0 1 15 29 -14 4
  Canada 2 0 0 2 7 35 -28 2
22 March 1997
12:38
England   30 – 7   Canada

22 March 1997
15:20
Cook Islands   5 – 0   Canada

22 March 1997
18:00
England   29 – 10   Cook Islands

Pool GEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA +/- Pts
  South Korea 2 1 1 0 33 22 11 5
  Spain 2 1 1 0 31 24 7 5
  Zimbabwe 2 0 0 2 22 40 -18 2
22 March 1997
12:59
Spain   12 – 12   South Korea

22 March 1997
15:39
Zimbabwe   10 – 21   South Korea

22 March 1997
18:19
Spain   19 – 12   Zimbabwe

Pool HEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA +/- Pts
  Australia 2 2 0 0 57 26 31 6
  Scotland 2 1 0 1 47 38 9 4
  Portugal 2 0 0 2 14 54 -40 2
22 March 1997
13:19
Australia   26 – 7   Portugal

22 March 1997
15:59
Scotland   28 – 7   Portugal

22 March 1997
18:38
Australia   31 – 19   Scotland

Day 3 - Knockout ResultsEdit

BowlEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
 
 
  Japan24
 
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
 
  Namibia22
 
  Japan24
 
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
 
  Ireland22
 
  Portugal5
 
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
 
  Ireland33
 
  Japan28
 
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
 
  United States40
 
  United States24
 
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
 
  Canada21
 
  United States24
 
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
 
  Morocco0
 
  Zimbabwe12
 
 
  Morocco19
 
Quarter FinalsEdit
23 March 1997
10:00
Japan   24 – 22   Namibia

23 March 1997
10:22
Portugal   5 – 33   Ireland

23 March 1997
10:42
United States   24 – 21   Canada

23 March 1997
11:02
Zimbabwe   12 – 19   Morocco

Semi FinalsEdit
23 March 1997
14:52
Japan   24 – 22   Ireland

23 March 1997
15:12
United States   24 – 0   Morocco

FinalEdit
23 March 1997
16:51
Japan   28 – 40   United States

PlateEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
 
 
  Spain0
 
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
 
  Cook Islands36
 
  Cook Islands10
 
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
 
  Tonga43
 
  Wales12
 
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
 
  Tonga26
 
  Tonga40
 
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
 
  Hong Kong19
 
  Argentina2
 
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
 
  Hong Kong26
 
  Hong Kong43
 
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
 
  Scotland7
 
  Scotland43
 
 
  Romania19
 
Quarter FinalsEdit
23 March 1997
11:21
Spain   0 – 36   Cook Islands

23 March 1997
11:40
Wales   12 – 26   Tonga

23 March 1997
12:00
Argentina   2 – 26   Hong Kong

23 March 1997
12:20
Scotland   43 – 19   Romania

Semi FinalsEdit
23 March 1997
15:30
Cook Islands   10 – 43   Tonga

23 March 1997
15:51
Hong Kong   43 – 7   Scotland

FinalEdit
23 March 1997
17:25
Tonga   40 – 19   Hong Kong

CupEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
 
 
  Fiji56
 
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
 
  South Korea0
 
  Fiji38
 
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
 
  Samoa14
 
  England5
 
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
 
  Samoa21
 
  Fiji24
 
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
 
  South Africa21
 
  South Africa19
 
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
 
  France14
 
  South Africa31
 
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
 
  New Zealand7
 
  New Zealand40
 
 
  Australia12
 
Quarter FinalsEdit
23 March 1997
13:33
Fiji   56 – 0   South Korea

23 March 1997
13:54
England   5 – 21   Samoa

23 March 1997
14:14
South Africa   19 – 14   France

23 March 1997
14:32
New Zealand   40 – 12   Australia

Semi FinalsEdit
23 March 1997
16:11
Fiji   38 – 14   Samoa

23 March 1997
16:32
South Africa   31 – 7   New Zealand

FinalEdit
23 March 1997
18:00
Fiji   24 – 21   South Africa


 1997 Rugby World Cup Sevens Champions 
 
Fiji
First title

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mick Cleary and John Griffiths, ed. (1997). Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook 1997–98. London: Headline Book Publishing. ISBN 0 7472 7732 X.

External linksEdit