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The 1997 Rugby World Cup Sevens was the second edition of the Rugby sevens tournament and the first to be held in Hong Kong. Fiji defeated South Africa 24–21 to take the title for the first time.[1] The Final is still considered to be one of the best Sevens matches of all time. The Fiji team had promised the country it would return with the title, and captain Waisale Serevi had also promised his daughters the same.

Participating nationsEdit

The twenty four teams were divided into eight pools of three as follows:

Pool A

Pool B

Pool C

Pool D

Pool E

Pool F

Pool G

Pool H

ResultsEdit

Day 1Edit

21 March 1997
13:00
POOL A
England Flag of England.png 33 – 12 Flag of Canada.jpg Canada Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

21 March 1997
15:41
POOL A
Zimbabwe Flag of Zimbabwe.png 42 – 7 Flag of Canada.jpg Canada Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

21 March 1997
18:51
POOL A
England Flag of England.png 26 – 7 Flag of Zimbabwe.png Zimbabwe Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

21 March 1997
13:20
POOL B
Australia Flag of Australia.png 19 – 19 Flag of Scotland.png Scotland Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

21 March 1997
16:03
POOL B
Romania Flag of Romania.png 14 – 26 Flag of Scotland.png Scotland Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

21 March 1997
19:10
POOL B
Australia Flag of Australia.png 38 – 7 Flag of Romania.png Romania Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

21 March 1997
13:40
POOL C
New Zealand Flag of New Zealand.png 47 – 14 Flag of Japan.png Japan Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

21 March 1997
16:21
POOL C
Tonga Flag of Tonga.jpg 35 – 7 Flag of Japan.png Japan Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

21 March 1997
19:30
POOL C
New Zealand Flag of New Zealand.png 21 – 7 Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

21 March 1997
14:00
POOL D
Fiji Flag of Fiji.png 59 – 0 Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

21 March 1997
16:40
POOL D
Hong Kong [[File:{{{flag alias-1959}}}|23x15px|border |alt=|link=]] 33 – 12 Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

21 March 1997
19:50
POOL D
Fiji Flag of Fiji.png 45 – 0 [[File:{{{flag alias-1959}}}|22x20px|border |alt=|link=]] Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

21 March 1997
14:20
POOL E
France Flag of France.png 35 – 5 Flag of United States.png United States Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

21 March 1997
17:00
POOL E
South Korea Flag of South Korea.png 7 – 33 Flag of United States.png United States Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

21 March 1997
20:10
POOL E
France Flag of France.png 38 – 5 Flag of South Korea.png South Korea Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

21 March 1997
14:40
POOL F
Spain Flag of Spain.jpg 26 – 5 Flag of Morocco.png Morocco Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

21 March 1997
17:19
POOL F
Cook Islands Flag of Cook Islands.png 31 – 17 Flag of Morocco.png Morocco Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

21 March 1997
20:30
POOL F
Spain Flag of Spain.jpg 31 – 12 Flag of Cook Islands.png Cook Islands Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

21 March 1997
15:00
POOL G
South Africa Flag of South Africa.png 45 – 7 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

21 March 1997
17:40
POOL G
Template:Country data IRE 22 – 31 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

21 March 1997
20:50
POOL G
South Africa Flag of South Africa.png 38 – 5 Template:Country data IRE Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

21 March 1997
15:20
POOL H
Samoa Flag of Samoa.png 48 – 5 Flag of Namibia.png Namibia Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

21 March 1997
18:32
POOL H
Wales Flag of Wales.png 12 – 12 Flag of Namibia.png Namibia Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

21 March 1997
21:10
POOL H
Samoa Flag of Samoa.png 26 – 24 Flag of Wales.png Wales Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

Seedings after Day 1Edit

Team Pld W D L PF PA +/- Seed Day 2 Pool
Flag of Fiji.png Fiji 220010401041A2
Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 22008312712B2
Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 22007429453C2
Flag of France.png France 22007310634D2
Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 22006821475E2
Flag of England.png England 22005919406F2
Flag of Spain.jpg Spain 22005717407G2
Flag of Australia.png Australia 21105726318H2
Flag of Scotland.png Scotland 21104533129H2
Flag of Zimbabwe.png Zimbabwe 210149331610G2
Flag of Cook Islands.png Cook Islands 21014348-511F2
Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga 210142281412E2
Flag of United States.png United States 21013842-413D2
Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 21013867-2914C2
[[File:{{{flag alias-1959}}}|22x20px|border |alt=|link=]] Hong Kong 21013357-2415B2
Flag of Wales.png Wales 20113638-216A2
Flag of Namibia.png Namibia 20111760-4317A2
Template:Country data IRE 20022769-4218B2
Flag of Morocco.png Morocco 20022257-3519C2
Flag of Romania.png Romania 20022164-4320D2
Flag of Japan.png Japan 20022182-6121E2
Flag of Canada.jpg Canada 20021975-5622F2
Flag of South Korea.png South Korea 20021271-5923G2
Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal 20021292-8024H2

Day 2Edit

Key to colours in group tables
Team that progressed to the Cup Quarter Finals (also indicated in bold type)
Team that progressed to the Plate Quarter Finals (also indicated in bold italics)
Team that progressed to the Bowl Quarter Finals (also indicated in plain italics)

All times Hong Kong time (UTC+1)

Pool AEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA +/- Pts
Flag of Fiji.png Fiji 220010101016
Flag of Wales.png Wales 2101404004
Flag of Namibia.png Namibia 20025106-1012
22 March 1997
10:59
Fiji Flag of Fiji.png 66 – 0 Flag of Namibia.png Namibia Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

22 March 1997
13:40
Wales Flag of Wales.png 40 – 5 Flag of Namibia.png Namibia Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

22 March 1997
16:19
Fiji Flag of Fiji.png 35 – 0 Flag of Wales.png Wales Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

Pool BEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA +/- Pts
Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 22006312516
[[File:{{{flag alias-1959}}}|22x20px|border |alt=|link=]] Hong Kong 21013134-34
Template:Country data IRE 20021260-482
22 March 1997
11:19
South Africa Flag of South Africa.png 34 – 7 Template:Country data IRE Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

22 March 1997
13:59
Hong Kong [[File:{{{flag alias-1959}}}|23x15px|border |alt=|link=]] 26 – 5 Template:Country data IRE Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

22 March 1997
16:39
South Africa Flag of South Africa.png 29 – 5 [[File:{{{flag alias-1959}}}|22x20px|border |alt=|link=]] Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

Pool CEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA +/- Pts
Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 22007012586
Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 21014535104
Flag of Morocco.png Morocco 2002775-682
22 March 1997
11:39
Samoa Flag of Samoa.png 42 – 0 Flag of Morocco.png Morocco Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

22 March 1997
14:19
Argentina Flag of Argentina.png 33 – 7 Flag of Morocco.png Morocco Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

22 March 1997
16:58
Samoa Flag of Samoa.png 28 – 12 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

Pool DEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA +/- Pts
Flag of France.png France 2200737666
Flag of Romania.png Romania 21011745-284
Flag of United States.png United States 20021957-382
22 March 1997
12:00
France Flag of France.png 33 – 0 Flag of Romania.png Romania Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

22 March 1997
14:38
United States Flag of United States.png 12 – 17 Flag of Romania.png Romania Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

22 March 1997
17:19
France Flag of France.png 40 – 7 Flag of United States.png United States Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

Pool EEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA +/- Pts
Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 2200785736
Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga 21014057-174
Flag of Japan.png Japan 20022682-562
22 March 1997
12:19
New Zealand Flag of New Zealand.png 47 – 0 Flag of Japan.png Japan Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

22 March 1997
14:59
Tonga Flag of Tonga.jpg 35 – 26 Flag of Japan.png Japan Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

22 March 1997
17:41
New Zealand Flag of New Zealand.png 31 – 5 Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

Pool FEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA +/- Pts
Flag of England.png England 22005917426
Flag of Cook Islands.png Cook Islands 21011529-144
Flag of Canada.jpg Canada 2002735-282
22 March 1997
12:38
England Flag of England.png 30 – 7 Flag of Canada.jpg Canada Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

22 March 1997
15:20
Cook Islands Flag of Cook Islands.png 5 – 0 Flag of Canada.jpg Canada Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

22 March 1997
18:00
England Flag of England.png 29 – 10 Flag of Cook Islands.png Cook Islands Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

Pool GEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA +/- Pts
Flag of South Korea.png South Korea 21103322115
Flag of Spain.jpg Spain 2110312475
Flag of Zimbabwe.png Zimbabwe 20022240-182
22 March 1997
12:59
Spain Flag of Spain.jpg 12 – 12 Flag of South Korea.png South Korea Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

22 March 1997
15:39
Zimbabwe Flag of Zimbabwe.png 10 – 21 Flag of South Korea.png South Korea Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

22 March 1997
18:19
Spain Flag of Spain.jpg 19 – 12 Flag of Zimbabwe.png Zimbabwe Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

Pool HEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA +/- Pts
Flag of Australia.png Australia 22005726316
Flag of Scotland.png Scotland 2101473894
Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal 20021454-402
22 March 1997
13:19
Australia Flag of Australia.png 26 – 7 Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

22 March 1997
15:59
Scotland Flag of Scotland.png 28 – 7 Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

22 March 1997
18:38
Australia Flag of Australia.png 31 – 19 Flag of Scotland.png Scotland Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

Day 3 - Knockout ResultsEdit

BowlEdit

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong        
 Flag of Japan.png Japan  24
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
 Flag of Namibia.png Namibia  22  
 Flag of Japan.png Japan  24
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
     Template:Country data IRE  22  
 Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal  5
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
 Template:Country data IRE  33  
 Flag of Japan.png Japan  28
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong    
   Flag of United States.png United States  40
 Flag of United States.png United States  24
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
 Flag of Canada.jpg Canada  21  
 Flag of United States.png United States  24
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
     Flag of Morocco.png Morocco  0  
 Flag of Zimbabwe.png Zimbabwe  12
 Flag of Morocco.png Morocco  19  
 
Quarter FinalsEdit
23 March 1997
10:00
Japan Flag of Japan.png 24 – 22 Flag of Namibia.png Namibia Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

23 March 1997
10:22
Portugal Flag of Portugal.jpg 5 – 33 Template:Country data IRE Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

23 March 1997
10:42
United States Flag of United States.png 24 – 21 Flag of Canada.jpg Canada Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

23 March 1997
11:02
Zimbabwe Flag of Zimbabwe.png 12 – 19 Flag of Morocco.png Morocco Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

Semi FinalsEdit
23 March 1997
14:52
Japan Flag of Japan.png 24 – 22 Template:Country data IRE Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

23 March 1997
15:12
United States Flag of United States.png 24 – 0 Flag of Morocco.png Morocco Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

FinalEdit
23 March 1997
16:51
Japan Flag of Japan.png 28 – 40 Flag of United States.png United States Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

PlateEdit

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong        
 Flag of Spain.jpg Spain  0
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
 Flag of Cook Islands.png Cook Islands  36  
 Flag of Cook Islands.png Cook Islands  10
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
     Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga  43  
 Flag of Wales.png Wales  12
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
 Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga  26  
 Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga  40
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong    
   [[File:{{{flag alias-1959}}}|22x20px|border |alt=|link=]] Hong Kong  19
 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina  2
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
 [[File:{{{flag alias-1959}}}|22x20px|border |alt=|link=]] Hong Kong  26  
 [[File:{{{flag alias-1959}}}|22x20px|border |alt=|link=]] Hong Kong  43
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
     Flag of Scotland.png Scotland  7  
 Flag of Scotland.png Scotland  43
 Flag of Romania.png Romania  19  
 
Quarter FinalsEdit
23 March 1997
11:21
Spain Flag of Spain.jpg 0 – 36 Flag of Cook Islands.png Cook Islands Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

23 March 1997
11:40
Wales Flag of Wales.png 12 – 26 Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

23 March 1997
12:00
Argentina Flag of Argentina.png 2 – 26 [[File:{{{flag alias-1959}}}|22x20px|border |alt=|link=]] Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

23 March 1997
12:20
Scotland Flag of Scotland.png 43 – 19 Flag of Romania.png Romania Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

Semi FinalsEdit
23 March 1997
15:30
Cook Islands Flag of Cook Islands.png 10 – 43 Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

23 March 1997
15:51
Hong Kong [[File:{{{flag alias-1959}}}|23x15px|border |alt=|link=]] 43 – 7 Flag of Scotland.png Scotland Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

FinalEdit
23 March 1997
17:25
Tonga Flag of Tonga.jpg 40 – 19 [[File:{{{flag alias-1959}}}|22x20px|border |alt=|link=]] Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

CupEdit

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong        
 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji  56
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
 Flag of South Korea.png South Korea  0  
 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji  38
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
     Flag of Samoa.png Samoa  14  
 Flag of England.png England  5
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa  21  
 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji  24
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong    
   Flag of South Africa.png South Africa  21
 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa  19
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
 Flag of France.png France  14  
 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa  31
23 May – Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
     Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand  7  
 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand  40
 Flag of Australia.png Australia  12  
 
Quarter FinalsEdit
23 March 1997
13:33
Fiji Flag of Fiji.png 56 – 0 Flag of South Korea.png South Korea Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

23 March 1997
13:54
England Flag of England.png 5 – 21 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

23 March 1997
14:14
South Africa Flag of South Africa.png 19 – 14 Flag of France.png France Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

23 March 1997
14:32
New Zealand Flag of New Zealand.png 40 – 12 Flag of Australia.png Australia Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

Semi FinalsEdit
23 March 1997
16:11
Fiji Flag of Fiji.png 38 – 14 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

23 March 1997
16:32
South Africa Flag of South Africa.png 31 – 7 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

FinalEdit
23 March 1997
18:00
Fiji Flag of Fiji.png 24 – 21 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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