Wales national rugby sevens team
|Union||Welsh Rugby Union|
|Emblem(s)||The Prince of Wales's feathers|
|Top scorer||Rhys Jones|
|Most tries||Luke Morgan (61)|
|World Cup Sevens|
|Appearances||4 (First in 1993)|
|Best result||2009, Champions|
Wales were the World Cup Sevens Champions after winning the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens in the United Arab Emirates. But they relinquished that title after failing to defend their crown at the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow.
The Welsh sevens squad was disbanded by the Welsh Rugby Union due to financial constraints. After a three-year absence, the Wales sevens team returned to international competition in the 2006–07 season. They competed at half of the eight tournaments and won the plate competition (fifth place) at each of them. They repeated this feat at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
The star of the 2005–06 squad was Neath and Ospreys player James Hook. Hook has since progressed to the full Welsh national side. In 2006–07, Wales competed in the Dubai, South Africa, Australia, Hong Kong, Scotland and England legs of the IRB's World Sevens Series, reaching the semi-finals of the cup at Twickenham and Murrayfield. Wales have been a core team that has competed in all legs of the IRB Sevens Series since the 2007–08 season.
At the 2016 USA Sevens, Wales beat Canada, Portugal, Scotland and France to win the Bowl final and claim 9th place.
Rugby World Cup SevensEdit
|World Cup Sevens record|
|2005||Did Not Enter|
|Commonwealth Games record|
2009 Rugby World Cup SevensEdit
In Wales's first ever cup final appearance in a major rugby sevens event, Wales played Argentina in the 2009 World Cup Final.
In the Group stages Wales beat Zimbabwe 31–5 and Uruguay 27–0 before losing to Argentina 14–0 in the final pool match, leaving Wales uncertain of a cup quarterfinals spot. With results going their way Wales made it to the cup quarterfinals as one of the second place qualifiers for the first time in their history.
Wales beat favourites New Zealand in the quarterfinals 15–14, and defeated Samoa in the semifinals 19–12.
Wales faced Argentina for the second time in the tournament in the Final. Wales started with the same team that played against New Zealand and Samoa earlier in the day. At half time Wales had a lead of 12–7 after tries from Richie Pugh and Tal Selley. In the second half Argentina levelled the score at 12–12. With less than 90 seconds left, Wales's Aled Thomas scored underneath the posts and with a successful conversion put Wales into the lead at 19–12. Argentina claimed the restart. After the siren sounded to indicate there was no time left on the clock Argentina fumbled the ball in a ruck leading to the ball being kicked out of play and Wales being crowned the 2009 Sevens Rugby World Cup Champions.
|Day one||Group stage||Zimbabwe||31 – 5||Tries: C. Hill (3), L. Williams, A. Brew|
Conv: A. Thomas (3)
|Day two||Group stage||Uruguay||27 – 0||Tries: R. Pugh (2), A. Thomas, J. Merriman, L. Beach|
Conv: L. Williams (1)
|Day two||Group stage||Argentina||0–14||Tries:|
|Day three||Cup Quarterfinal||New Zealand||15 – 14||Tries: L. Williams, T. Isaacs, R. Pugh|
|Day three||Cup Semifinal||Samoa||19 – 12||Tries: T. Isaacs, T. Selley, A. Brew|
Conv: A. Thomas (2)
|Day three||Cup Final||Argentina||19 – 12||Tries: A. Thomas, T. Selley, R. Pugh|
Conv: A. Thomas (2)
2009 World Cup winning squadEdit
World Rugby Sevens Series recordEdit
|2007-02-02||Wellington||Did not compete|
|2007-02-10||San Diego||Did not compete|
|2007-03-30||Hong Kong||Plate winners|
|2008-02-09||San Diego||Bowl winners|
|2008-03-28||Hong Kong||Cup Quarter finalists|
|2009-02-15||San Diego||Bowl semi-finalists|
|2009-03-29||Hong Kong||Plate semi-finalists|
|2010-02-13||Las Vegas||Plate semi-finalists|
|2010-03-26||Hong Kong||Bowl runners-up|
Notable former playersEdit
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