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2007 Dubai Sevens

The Dubai Sevens is an annual rugby sevens and social event held at The Sevens Stadium in Dubai, UAE. Founded in 1970, the event is the longest running sports event in the Middle East.[1]

EventsEdit

The Dubai Sevens has four competitions each year:[2]

Dubai is the first leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series. Sixteen teams compete in the men's tournament divided into four pool of four teams. On the first day, each team plays the other three teams in the pool. The two highest teams in each pool advance to the quarterfinal knockout rounds, and the bottom two teams move to the challenge bracket.

Dubai also hosts a stop on the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series. Twelve teams compete in the women's tournament.

For the invitation tournaments, rugby teams take part in 15 sections.[3] The rugby invitational tournament is popular, with hundreds of teams participating.[4] The netball tournament includes teams in three sections: gulf women, open youth, and open women.

The Dubai Sevens is one of the more popular sporting events in Dubai, with over 100,000 fans attending the 2016 event.[5][6]

VenueEdit

The Dubai Sevens has been held at The Sevens Stadium since 2008. Facilities at The Sevens include: eight rugby pitches, six cricket pitches, four netball/tennis courts, one basketball court, a grandstand, and ancillary facilities.[7]

The tournament's move to that venue in 2008 was a success. The tournament broke the World Series single-day attendance record in its first year with over 50,000 fans appearing on the first day of the tournament.[8]

World Series resultsEdit

Summary of resultsEdit

Five teams have won the Dubai Sevens at least once. The early years of the tournament on the World Series were less competitive. Prior to 2003, New Zealand won the final with a comfortable 20+ point margin each year. In the first decade from 1999–2008 only five teams (New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, South Africa, and England) had reached the Dubai Sevens final. Since then, the tournament has been more competitive, with several additional teams making the final and semifinal stages.

Team Champion Runner-up Semifinalist Top 4 placing
  New Zealand 6 4 6 16
  South Africa 6 1 5 12
  England 4 2 8 14
  Fiji 2 6 7 15
  Samoa 1 3 4 8
  Australia 1 3 4
  France 1 1 2
  United States 1 1 2
  Argentina 1 1
  Kenya 1 1
  Wales 1 1
Total 19 19 38 76

Results by yearEdit

Year  Venue  Cup final Placings Refs
Winner Score Runner-up Plate Bowl Shield
1999 Dubai Exiles  
New Zealand
38–14  
Fiji
 
Australia
 
Scotland
n/a [9]
2000 Dubai Exiles  
New Zealand
34–5  
Fiji
 
South Africa
 
Ireland
n/a [10]
2001a Dubai Exiles New Zealand 45–7 South Africa Scotland Wales n/a
2002 Dubai Exiles  
New Zealand
38–12  
Samoa
 
Fiji
 
France
 
Namibia
[11]
2003 Dubai Exiles  
South Africa
33–26  
New Zealand
 
Argentina
 
Canada
 
Zambia
[12]
2004 Dubai Exiles  
England
26–21  
Fiji
 
Samoa
 
Portugal
 
Tunisia
[13]
2005 Dubai Exiles  
England
28–26  
Fiji
 
New Zealand
 
Wales
 
Kenya
[14]
2006 Dubai Exiles  
South Africa
31–12  
New Zealand
 
Samoa
 
Argentina
 
Wales
[15]
2007 Dubai Exiles  
New Zealand
31–21  
Fiji
 
Argentina
 
Australia
 
Zimbabwe
[16]
2008 The Sevens  
South Africa
19–12  
England
 
Samoa
 
Portugal
 
United States
[17]
2009 The Sevens  
New Zealand
24–12  
Samoa
 
Australia
 
Wales
 
Russia
[18]
2010 The Sevens  
England
29–21  
Samoa
 
South Africa
 
Argentina
 
Kenya
[19]
2011 The Sevens  
England
29–12  
France
 
Fiji
 
Australia
 
Scotland
[20]
2012 The Sevens  
Samoa
26–15  
New Zealand
 
Wales
 
Argentina
 
England
[21]
2013 The Sevens  
Fiji
29–17  
South Africa
 
Argentina
 
Australia
 
France
[22]
2014 The Sevens  
South Africa
33–7  
Australia
 
Argentina
 
Samoa
 
Canada
[23]
2015 The Sevens  
Fiji
28–17  
England
 
South Africa
 
France
 
Canada
[24]
Winner Score Runner-up Third Fourth Challenge Trophy
2016 The Sevens  
South Africa
26–14  
Fiji
 
England
 
Wales
 
United States
[25]
2017 The Sevens  
South Africa
24–12  
New Zealand
 
England
 
Fiji
 
France
[26]
2018 The Sevens  
New Zealand
21–5  
United States
 
England
 
Australia
 
Samoa
[27]

Notes:

^a The event held on November 7–8, 2001, was downgraded in status and excluded from the Sevens World Series after several teams withdrew in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks.[28][29][30]

Earlier winnersEdit

Winners of the Emirates International Trophy from 1988 to 1998:[31]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Dubai Rugby Sevens: History".
  2. ^ "Dubai Rugby Sevens: Event information".
  3. ^ "Dubai Rugby Sevens: News".
  4. ^ "The Dubai Rugby Sevens Broke Attendance Records", Dubai Rugby 7s, 5 December 2016.
  5. ^ "The Dubai Rugby Sevens Broke Attendance Records", Dubai Rugby 7s, 5 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Dubai Rugby Sevens 2018", Time Out Dubai, 29 November 2018.
  7. ^ The Sevens official website, 01.01.11.
  8. ^ "Dubai sets new Series attendance record", World Rugby, 29 November 2008.
  9. ^ "IRB Sevens I – Dubai". Rugby7.com. 1999.
  10. ^ "IRB Sevens II – Dubai". Rugby7.com. 2000.
  11. ^ "IRB Sevens IV – Dubai". Rugby7.com. 2002.
  12. ^ "IRB Sevens V – Dubai". Rugby7.com. 2003.
  13. ^ "IRB Sevens VI – Dubai". Rugby7.com. 2004.
  14. ^ "IRB Sevens VII – Dubai". Rugby7.com. 2005.
  15. ^ "IRB Sevens VIII – Dubai". Rugby7.com. 2006.
  16. ^ "IRB Sevens IX – Dubai". Rugby7.com. 2007.
  17. ^ "IRB Sevens X – Dubai". Rugby7.com. 2009.
  18. ^ "IRB Sevens XI – Dubai". Rugby7.com. 2009.
  19. ^ "IRB Sevens XII – Dubai". Rugby7.com. 2010.
  20. ^ "IRB Sevens XIII – Dubai". Rugby7.com. 2011.
  21. ^ "IRB Sevens XIV – Dubai". Rugby7.com. 2012.
  22. ^ "IRB Sevens XV – Dubai". Rugby7.com. 2013.
  23. ^ "IRB Sevens XVI – Dubai". Rugby7.com. 2014.
  24. ^ "World Sevens Series XVII – Dubai". Rugby7.com. 2015.
  25. ^ "World Sevens Series XVIII – Dubai". Rugby7.com. 2016.
  26. ^ "World Sevens Series XIX– Dubai". Rugby7.com. 2017.
  27. ^ "World Sevens Series XX– Dubai". Rugby7.com. 2018.
  28. ^ "Dubai scrubbed from Sevens Series". Irish Times. 16 October 2001. Archived from the original on 11 June 2016.
  29. ^ Malin, Ian (24 October 2001). "England to miss Dubai's downgraded sevens". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 14 August 2016.
  30. ^ "Dubai sevens: Scots take Plate prize". 9 November 2001. Archived from the original on 10 August 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  31. ^ "Dubai 7s". Rugby7.com.

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