About Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013

(IRB.COM) Monday 25 February 2013  
 

About Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 will be held in Moscow, Russia between 28-30 June. It will be the sixth RWC Sevens and the second comprising a men’s and women’s tournament, following the event in Dubai in 2009.

The defending men’s champions are Wales. Australia were the inaugural women’s champions.

The men’s tournament in 2013 is made up of 24 teams and the women’s tournament comprises 16 teams. The men will be competing for the Melrose Cup, and the women for the Women’s Rugby World Cup trophy.

The inaugural RWC Sevens was held in 1993 in Scotland, the home of Rugby Sevens. The first Rugby Sevens game was held in Melrose, a small town in Scotland from which the men’s trophy gets its name.

A number of the teams playing in the men’s tournament take part in the HSBC Sevens World Series, whilst some of the women’s teams have been honing their sevens skills on the inaugural IRB Women’s Sevens World Series circuit, which kicked off in Dubai in November 2012.

 

Previous winners:

 

Men's


Year

Host

Winner

Runner up

Score

1993

Scotland

England

Australia

21 - 17

1997

Hong Kong

Fiji

South Africa

24 - 21

2001

Argentina

New Zealand

Australia

31 - 12

2005

Hong Kong

Fiji

New Zealand

29 - 19

2009

United Arab Emirates

Wales

Argentina

19 - 12


 

 

Women's


Year

Host

Winner

Runner up

Score

2009

United Arab Emirates

Australia

New Zealand

15 - 10