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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]

Contents

EditionsEdit

Men'sEdit

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

Women'sEdit

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

WinnersEdit

1998 - Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Rugby Sevens   New Zealand   Fiji   Australia

In front of 20,000 fans at the Petaling Jaya Stadium, rugby sevens was an enormous success with New Zealand collecting its 100th Commonwealth Games medal with a 21-12 win over Fiji, the reigning world champions. Man of the match was the giant Jonah Lomu who had worked tirelessly during the 10-minutes each way final. Led by veteran star David Campese, Australia took the bronze beating Samoa 33-12.

2002 - Manchester, EnglandEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Rugby Sevens   New Zealand   Fiji   South Africa

Rugby sevens events were held at the City of Manchester Stadium, purpose built for the Games.

2006 - Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Rugby Sevens   New Zealand   England   Fiji

The venue for the rugby sevens was the Docklands Stadium, then known commercially as Telstra Dome, on the western edge of Melbourne's Central Business District. Preliminary matches were held on 16 March, with the finals the following day.

The gold medal was won by New Zealand who defeated England 29-21 in the final on 17 March 2006. Fiji won the bronze medal, defeating Australia 24-17 in the 3rd place final. The game was overshadowed by a fit suffered by Australian Scott Fava after a legitimate tackle. Fortunately Fava recovered quickly and was released from hospital the following day.

2010 - Delhi, IndiaEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Rugby Sevens   New Zealand   Australia   South Africa

The 2010 Commonwealth Games were hit by a number of safety and health concerns, even before they started. The venue for the rugby sevens was Delhi University.

The gold medal was won by New Zealand, defeating Australia in the final 24-17 after coming back from an Australian half time lead of 7-10. Australia were awarded the silver medal. The bronze medal play-off between South Africa and England was closely fought, eventually won by South Africa 17-14 thanks to a second half come-back.

2014 - Glasgow, ScotlandEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Rugby Sevens   South Africa   New Zealand   Australia

The 2014 Commonwealth Games was held in Glasgow, Scotland, at Ibrox Stadium, normally the home of Rangers FC. This was the first time that New Zealand did not win gold at the games, having lost to South Africa in the final. This event had a total attendance of 171,000 spectators making it not only a record for Commonwealth Games, but also the highest attendance at an IRB sanctioned rugby event at the time.[2]

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Women's sevens to be included at 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast". The Courier-Mail. News. 7 October 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.scottishrugby.org/news/14/07/28/irb-chief-hails-record-breaking-commonwealth-crowd