Rugby World Cup Sevens
The 7- Rugby World Cup (English Rugby World Cup Sevens ) is the most important sporting competition in the 7- Rugby, a variant of rugby union. The competition was first held in Scotland in 1993 and is held every four years since then. The trophy named Melrose Cup - named after the Scottish town of Melrose, in which the 7- rugby was invented - is currently owned by Wales.
The introduction of the 7 - Rugby World Cup by the International Rugby Board goes back to a proposal by the Scottish Rugby Union Scottish Rugby Union. The first tournament was held in April 1993 at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh.
Hong Kong, which already played an important role in the 7- rugby as host of the Hong Kong Sevens, 1997, the second World Cup hosted. Fiji's victory over South Africa in the final is still regarded as one of the best 7- rugby games of all time. Even before the team of Fijians had announced to win the title, and the team captain Waisale Serevi had promised his daughters the same.
In Mar del Plata, Argentina, New Zealand was 2001, the third 7- Rugby World Cup. The Jonah hardly used in the preliminary round Lomu got his chance after New Zealand captain, 7 - rugby legend Eric Rush, had in the last group match against England a broken leg. Lomu added to his illustrious career added another chapter when he put three tries in the final against Australia.
2005 was another Hong Kong by the host. Waisale Serevi, who was actually two years earlier resigned, returned once and led Fiji as captain for the second title. In the tournament, the Fijians prevented the title defense of New Zealanders, and that England was in the same year in the 15s and in the 7- Rugby World Cup.
2009, the fifth World Cup was held in Dubai, which has led to some surprises. Thus, the four favored teams from New Zealand, England, South Africa and Fiji already eliminated in the quarter- finals. Lastly, Wales and Argentina to the finals. In the preliminary round, the South Americans had this duel yet decided for themselves, then Wales won in the final but with 19:12. For the first time at the same time a World Cup tournament for women was held. World champions Australia was a 15:10 - final victory over New Zealand.