European Women's Sevens Championship

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Rugby Europe Women's Sevens Championships
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2017 Rugby Europe Women's Sevens Championships
FIRA-AER logo.png
Rugby Europe (formerly FIRA–AER)
Sport Rugby sevens
Founded 2003
Countries 12 (in 2017)
Most recent
champion(s)
 Russia (4th title)
Most titles  England (6 titles)

The Rugby Europe Women's Sevens, previously the FIRA–AER Women's Sevens until 2012, is a series of regional championships for women's international rugby sevens in Europe. Prior to 2012, the annual tournament is held over two days, typically on a weekend in June, before the highest category tournament was reorganized as the Sevens Grand Prix Series, modeled after the format of the World Rugby Sevens Series. The tournaments are sanctioned and sponsored by Rugby Europe.

History[edit]

The championship Trophy beside the ball of the 2015 edition.

Rugby sevens — also known as 7-a-side, or 7s — is a short form of the sport of rugby union that was first played in 1883. The first (men's) internationals took place in 1973. As women's rugby union developed in the 1960s and 1970s the format became very popular as it allowed games, and entire leagues, to be developed in countries even when player numbers were small, and it remains the main form the women's game is played in most parts of the world.

However, although the first women's international rugby union 15-a-side test match took place in 1982, it was not until 1997 before the first women's international 7s tournaments were played, when the 1997 Hong Kong Sevens included a women's tournament for the first time. Over the next decade the number of tournaments grew, with almost every region developing regular championship competitions. This reached its zenith with the first Women's Sevens World Cup in 2009, shortly followed by the announcement that women's rugby sevens will be included in the Olympics from 2016.

The first official regional 7s championship for international women's teams from European was the European Women's Sevens Championship held in 2003 in Lunel, France. Since then, the regional 7s championships have periodically served as pre-qualifying competitions for the Rugby 7s World Cup, or other sevens tournaments.

The following are details of all regional women's international championships played in Europe, listed chronologically with the earliest first, with all result details, where known (included are the FIRA–AER Women's Sevens and other official regional championships, e.g. the Europe Emerging Nations tournaments).

Honours[edit]

Top 12[edit]

Year Place Champion Runner Up Third
2003 France Lunel  Spain  France   Switzerland
2004 France Limoges  England  Italy  France
2005 France Lunel  England  Spain  Netherlands
2006 France Limoges  Wales  England  Netherlands
2007 France Lunel  France  England  Spain
2008 France Limoges  England  Netherlands  Russia
2009 Germany Hanover  England  Spain  Netherlands
2010 Russia Moscow  Spain  Netherlands  France
2011 Romania Bucharest  England  Spain  Netherlands
2012 Multiple  England  Spain  France
2013 Multiple  Russia  England  France
2014 Multiple  Russia  France  England
2015 Multiple  France  Russia  Spain
2016 Multiple  Russia  France  Ireland
2017 Multiple  Russia  Ireland  France

Team records[edit]

Team Champions Runners-up Third
 England 6 (2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012) 3 (2006, 2007, 2013) 1 (2014)
 Russia 4 (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017) 1 (2015) 1 (2008)
 France 2 (2007, 2015) 3 (2003, 2014, 2016) 5 (2004, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2017)
 Spain 2 (2003, 2010) 4 (2005, 2009, 2011, 2012) 2 (2007, 2015)
 Wales 1 (2006) - -
 Netherlands - 2 (2008, 2010) 4 (2005, 2006, 2009, 2011)
 Ireland - 1 (2017) 1 (2016)
 Italy - 1 (2004) -
  Switzerland - - 1 (2003)

Division A[edit]

Year Place Champion Runner Up Third
2013 Czech Republic Prague  Belgium  Sweden  Czech Republic
2014 Norway Bergen  Ukraine  Scotland  Romania
2015 Lithuania Kaunas  Belgium  Finland  Sweden
2016 Multiple  Sweden  Poland  Scotland
2017 Multiple  Scotland  Germany  Ukraine

Division B[edit]

Year Place Champion Runner Up Third
2013 Slovakia Bratislava  Finland  Norway  Israel
2014 Lithuania Vilnius  Hungary  Lithuania  Israel
2015 Croatia Zagreb  Denmark  Israel  Croatia
2016 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo  Latvia  Malta  Turkey
2017 Slovakia Košice  Norway  Austria  Georgia

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