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Rugby sevens at the Commonwealth Games

Rugby sevens at the Commonwealth Games has been played every tournament since its first appearance at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Rugby sevens was an optional sport that was included for 2002 and 2006; it was then made a 'Core' sport by the Commonwealth Games Federation, necessitating its appearance at all future games from the 2010 Games onward. New Zealand dominated the men's tournament at its inception until 2014 when they lost for the first time at the Games, playing South Africa in the gold medal match.

Up until the 2014 Games, rugby sevens was a male-only sport at the Commonwealth Games, but a female tournament will be added to the programme for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.[1]




Games Year Host city Host country Medallists
Gold Silver Bronze
XVI 1998 Kuala Lumpur   Malaysia   New Zealand   Fiji   Australia
XVII 2002 Manchester   England   New Zealand   Fiji   South Africa
XVIII 2006 Melbourne   Australia   New Zealand   England   Fiji
XIX 2010 Delhi   India   New Zealand   Australia   South Africa
XX 2014 Glasgow   Scotland   South Africa   New Zealand   Australia
XXI 2018 Gold Coast   Australia


Games Year Host city Host country Medallists
Gold Silver Bronze
XXI 2018 Gold Coast   Australia

All-time medal tableEdit

Medals table for rugby sevens at the Commonwealth Games (first competed for in 1998).

Updated after the 2014 Commonwealth Games

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1   New Zealand 4 1 0 5
2   South Africa 1 0 2 3
3   Fiji 0 2 1 3
4   Australia 0 1 2 3
5   England 0 1 0 1
Total 5 5 5 15

Participating nationsEdit


Nation 1998 2002 2006 2010 2014 2018 Years
  Australia   6th 4th     Q 6
  Bahamas 17th 1
  Barbados =15th 1
  Canada 6th =7th =7th 10th 9th Q 6
  Cayman Islands 18th 1
  Cook Islands 9th =11th =13th 10th 4
  England 7th 5th   4th 5th Q 6
  Fiji       Q 4
  Guyana =13th 1
  Jamaica Q 1
  India =13th 1
  Kenya 13th =11th 9th =7th =7th Q 6
  Malaysia 11th =13th =13th =15th Q 5
  Namibia =13th 1
  New Zealand           Q 6
  Niue =13th =13th 2
  Papua New Guinea 10th 9th =11th Q 4
  Samoa 4th 4th =7th 5th 4th Q 6
  Scotland 9th =11th 6th =7th Q 5
  South Africa 5th   6th     Q 6
  Sri Lanka 14th =13th =13th =13th 13th Q 6
  Swaziland 15th 1
  Tonga 12th 10th 10th =11th 4
  Trinidad and Tobago 16th =13th 14th 3
  Uganda =11th =11th =11th Q 4
  Wales 4th =7th 5th =7th 6th Q 6
  Zambia Q 1
Nations 27 18 16 16 16 16 16

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Osborne, Paul (7 October 2014). "Women's rugby sevens confirmed for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games". Dunsar Media. Retrieved 9 June 2017.