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Australian Sevens
Sydney Sevens logo.png
Sydney Sevens logo for 2016
Sport Rugby sevens
Inaugural season 1986  (Sydney)
No. of teams 16
Most recent
champion(s)
 New Zealand
Most titles  New Zealand  (6 times)

Australian Sevens international rugby sevens tournaments have been played since 1986. Currently hosted as the Sydney Sevens, the event is part of the Sevens World Series.[1] The tournament was held in Brisbane, in Adelaide, and on the Gold Coast in previous seasons.

History[edit]

The NSW Rugby Union hosted an international sevens tournament at Concord Oval in Sydney from 1986 to 1988, as part of Australia's Bicentennial celebrations. The Australian Rugby Union continued the event for a further year in 1989.[2]

The 2000 Brisbane Sevens was the first Australian Sevens tournament in the World Sevens Series run by the International Rugby Board (IRB). It was the 7th tournament of the series in the inaugural 1999-2000 season and was hosted at Lang Park. Fiji played Australia in the final, and won the match in the dying seconds, thanks to a brilliant try to Waisale Serevi.[3] Brisbane's hosting rights for 2001 were withdrawn by the IRB because of the Australian Federal Government's sporting boycott of Fiji,[4] imposed after the 2000 Fijian coup d'état.[5] After sanctions were lifted later in 2001,[6] the remaining two tournaments of Brisbane's four year hosting agreement were played and won by Australia and England in 2002 and 2003 respectively.[7][8] Australia was not awarded a World Sevens tournament for the next three years.

Adelaide secured the hosting rights for the 2006/07 season. The 2007 Adelaide Sevens took place in April of that year, replacing the Singapore Sevens in the calendar.[9] The tournament was hosted at Adelaide Oval for five seasons, with the last edition of the Adelaide Sevens being held in 2011.

Logo of the
Gold Coast 7s

In April 2011, the Australian Rugby Union announced that the Australian leg of the Sevens World Series would be played at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast for at least the next four years.[10] The tournament was scheduled for the early part of the 2011/12 season, which meant that two World Sevens events were played in Australia in 2011. The Gold Coast tournament was initially named the "International Rugby Sevens Gold Coast",[10] but was later rebranded as the Gold Coast Sevens.[11]

The Gold Coast attendances for the 2013 and 2014 events were lower than expected,[12][13] and in March 2015 the ARU announced that Sydney would host the event for the next four years from the 2015–16 season.[13][14]

Results[edit]

  A blue box around the year indicates tournaments included in the World Rugby Sevens Series.

Sydney[edit]

Year  Venue  Cup final Placings Refs
Winner Score Runner-up Plate Bowl Shield
1986
Concord Oval
New Zealand
32–0
Australia
 
Argentina
[citation needed]

Wales
n/a [15]
1987
Concord Oval
Australia
22–10
New Zealand

South Korea

Fiji

Western Samoa
[16]
1988
Concord Oval
New Zealand
22–12
Scotland

Fiji

Australia

Spain
[17]
1989
Concord Oval
New Zealand
26–16
Western Samoa

Australia

Fiji
n/a [18][19]

Brisbane Sevens[edit]

Year  Venue  Cup final Placings Refs
Winner Score Runner-up Plate Bowl Shield
1999/00
Details
Lang Park
Fiji
24–21
Australia

Argentina

Tonga
n/a [20]
2000/01
Details
Tournament cancelled by IRB in response to the Australian Government's sporting sanctions against Fiji. [4]
2001/02
Details
Ballymore
Australia
28–0
New Zealand

Fiji

Cook Islands

Canada
2002/03
Details
Ballymore
England
28–14
Fiji

Australia

Tonga

Cook Islands

Adelaide Sevens[edit]

Year  Venue  Cup final Placings Refs
Winner Score Runner-up Plate Bowl Shield
2006/07
Details
Adelaide Oval
Fiji
21–7
Samoa

Australia

Wales

Canada
2007/08
Details
Adelaide Oval
South Africa
15–7
New Zealand

Tonga

Argentina

Wales
2008/09
Details
Adelaide Oval
South Africa
26–7
Kenya

England

Samoa

United States
2009/10
Details
Adelaide Oval
Samoa
38–10
United States

New Zealand

England

Japan
2010/11
Details
Adelaide Oval
New Zealand
28–20
South Africa

Wales

United States

Japan

Gold Coast Sevens[edit]

Year  Venue  Cup final Placings Refs
Winner Score Runner-up Plate Bowl Shield
2011/12
Details
Robina Stadium
Fiji
26–12
New Zealand

Wales

Argentina

Papua New Guinea
2012/13
Details
Robina Stadium
Fiji
32–14
New Zealand

Argentina

Spain

Scotland
2013/14
Details
Robina Stadium
New Zealand
40–19
Australia

Fiji

France

United States
2014/15
Details
Robina Stadium
Fiji
31–24
Samoa

New Zealand

France

Canada

Sydney Sevens[edit]

Year  Venue  Cup final Placings Refs
Winner Score Runner-up Plate Bowl Shield
2015/16
Details
Sydney Football Stadium
New Zealand
27–24
Australia

Argentina

Canada

Wales
Winner Score Runner-up Third Fourth Challenge Trophy
2016/17
Details
Sydney Football Stadium
South Africa
29–14
England

New Zealand

Australia

Russia

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sydney takes over from Gold Coast as Sevens host". The Roar. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Sydney 1986–. Rugby 7.
  3. ^ "Brisbane Sevens draw". espnscrum.com. 16 January 2002. Archived from the original on 8 December 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Funnell, Camille (15 January 2001). "Australia misses out on hosting World Rugby Sevens tournament". abc.net.au. Archived from the original on 7 December 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Bormann, Trevor (18 July 2000). "Australia places 'smart' sanctions on Fiji". abc.net.au. Archived from the original on 29 September 2004. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Downer, Alexander (5 October 2001). "Sanctions Against Fiji are Lifted" (Press release). Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs. Archived from the original on 11 October 2014. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "IRB Sevens III - Brisbane, Australia. 3/2/2002 - 3/3/2002". rugby7.com. 2002. Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "IRB Sevens IV - Brisbane, Australia. 2/1/2003 - 3/1/2003". rugby7.com. 2003. Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Adelaide Sevens" (Press release). rugby.com.au. Archived from the original on 29 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-07. 
  10. ^ a b "Gold Coast to Become New Home for Australian Sevens" (Press release). Australian Rugby Union. 13 April 2011. Archived from the original on 11 October 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  11. ^ "Gold Coast Sevens". Australian Rugby Union. Archived from the original on 6 August 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  12. ^ Tucker, Jim (13 October 2013). "ARU boss Bill Pulver considers switching Gold Coast Sevens to Brisbane or Sydney after poor crowds". The Courier Mail. Archived from the original on 7 December 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Sevens World Series moves to Sydney in 2015-16 season". The Sydney Morning Herald. 9 March 2015. Archived from the original on 9 March 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "HSBC partners with World Rugby for record-breaking sevens properties". Australian Rugby. 30 June 2015. Archived from the original on 30 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  15. ^ "Annual Report" (PDF 2.3 MB). Australian Rugby. 1986. pp. 7–8. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 March 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 
  16. ^ "Annual Report" (PDF). Australian Rugby. 1987. p. 7. Archived from the original on 30 March 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 
  17. ^ "Annual Report" (PDF 2.3 MB). Australian Rugby. 1988. p. 7. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 March 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 
  18. ^ "Gardner comeback in Sevens". The Sydney Morning Herald. 15 March 1989. Archived from the original on 9 July 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  19. ^ "Annual Report" (PDF 2.9 MB). Australian Rugby. 1989. p. 12. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 March 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 
  20. ^ "Sevens loss no disgrace". Illawarra Mercury. Fairfax. 21 February 2000. p. 34. Archived from the original on 27 May 2016. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 

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