Rugby sevens at the Commonwealth Games

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

Up until the 2014 Games, rugby sevens was a male-only sport at the Commonwealth Games, but a female tournament was added to the programme for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.[1]

Editions[edit]

Men's[edit]

Games Year Host city Host country Medallists
Gold Silver Bronze
XVI 1998 Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia  New Zealand  Fiji  Australia
XVII 2002 Manchester  England  New Zealand  Fiji  South Africa
XVIII 2006 Melbourne  Australia  New Zealand  England  Fiji
XIX 2010 Delhi  India  New Zealand  Australia  South Africa
XX 2014 Glasgow  Scotland  South Africa  New Zealand  Australia
XXI 2018 Gold Coast  Australia  New Zealand  Fiji  England
XXII 2022 Birmingham  England

Women's[edit]

Games Year Host city Host country Medallists
Gold Silver Bronze
XXI 2018 Gold Coast  Australia  New Zealand  Australia  England
XXII 2022 Birmingham  England

All-time medal table[edit]

Medals table for rugby sevens at the Commonwealth Games (first competed for in 1998).

(Fourth) placed teams do not register on a medal tally.

Updated after the 2018 Commonwealth Games

Participating nations[edit]

Men[edit]

Nation 1998 2002 2006 2010 2014 2018 Years
 Australia 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6th 4th 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5th 6
 Bahamas 17th 1
 Barbados =15th 1
 Canada 6th =7th =7th 10th 9th =9th 6
 Cayman Islands 18th 1
 Cook Islands 9th =11th =13th 10th 4
 England 7th 5th 2nd, silver medalist(s) 4th 5th 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6
 Fiji 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 4
 Guyana =13th 1
 Jamaica =13th 1
 India =13th 1
 Kenya 13th =11th 9th =7th =7th 8th 6
 Malaysia 11th =13th =13th =15th =13th 5
 Namibia =13th 1
 New Zealand 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 6
 Niue =13th =13th 2
 Papua New Guinea 10th 9th =11th =9th 4
 Samoa 4th 4th =7th 5th 4th =9th 6
 Scotland 9th =11th 6th =7th 6th 5
 South Africa 5th 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6th 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 4th 6
 Sri Lanka 14th =13th =13th =13th 13th =13th 6
 Eswatini 15th 1
 Tonga 12th 10th 10th =11th 4
 Trinidad and Tobago 16th =13th 14th 3
 Uganda =11th =11th =11th =9th 4
 Wales 4th =7th 5th =7th 6th 7th 6
 Zambia =13th 1
Nations 27 18 16 16 16 16 16

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Osborne, Paul (7 October 2014). "Women's rugby sevens confirmed for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games". Insidethegames.biz. Dunsar Media. Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.