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Rugby sevens has been played at all Commonwealth Games since its first appearance at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was an optional sport that was included for 2002 and 2006, but was made a 'Core' sport by the Commonwealth Games Federation, necessitating its appearance at all future games from the 2010 Games onward.

Prior to 2018, rugby sevens was a male-only sport at the Commonwealth Games, but a female tournament was added to the programme for the 21st Games on the Gold Coast.[1] 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.

EditionsEdit

Men'sEdit

Games Year Host city Host country Medallists
Gold Silver Bronze
XVI 1998 Kuala Lumpur Template:MAS Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Flag of Fiji.png Fiji Flag of Australia.png Australia
XVII 2002 Manchester Template:ENG Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Flag of Fiji.png Fiji Flag of South Africa.png South Africa
XVIII 2006 Melbourne Template:AUS Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Flag of England.png England Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
XIX 2010 Delhi Template:IND Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Flag of Australia.png Australia Flag of South Africa.png South Africa
XX 2014 Glasgow Template:SCO Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Flag of Australia.png Australia
XXI 2018 Gold Coast Template:AUS

Women'sEdit

Games Year Host city Host country Medallists
Gold Silver Bronze
XXI 2018 Gold Coast Template:AUS

WinnersEdit

1998 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Edit

Main article: Rugby sevens at the 1998 Commonwealth Games
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Rugby Sevens Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Flag of Fiji.png Fiji Flag of Australia.png 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

Main article: Rugby sevens at the 2002 Commonwealth Games
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Rugby Sevens Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Flag of Fiji.png Fiji Flag of South Africa.png South Africa

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

2006 - Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaEdit

Main article: Rugby sevens at the 2006 Commonwealth Games
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Rugby Sevens Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Flag of England.png England Flag of Fiji.png 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

Main article: Rugby sevens at the 2010 Commonwealth Games
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Rugby Sevens Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Flag of Australia.png Australia Flag of South Africa.png 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

Main article: Rugby sevens at the 2014 Commonwealth Games
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Rugby Sevens Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Flag of Australia.png 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

1 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 4 1 0 5
2 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 1 0 2 3
3 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji 0 2 1 3
4 Flag of Australia.png Australia 0 1 2 3
5 Flag of England.png England 0 1 0 1
Total 5 5 5 15

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named cm-2014
  2. http://www.scottishrugby.org/news/14/07/28/irb-chief-hails-record-breaking-commonwealth-crowd

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