List of women's rugby sevens competitions

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Rugby Union Sevens - a short form of the sport of rugby union - was first played in 1883, with the first (men's) internationals taking 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 7-a-side internationals were played, when the 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. 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. In 2011/12 the IRB organised three official women's challenges tournaments in Dubai, Hong Kong and London. After the success of these events an annual IRB Women's Sevens World Series was launched from the start of the 2012/13 season.

The following is a list of all women's international tournaments that have been traced since 1997, listed chronologically with the earliest first, with links to result details, where known. If two tournaments are run concurrently the apparently more senior will be listed first.

Some tournaments include both club and national teams, and these are only included where the majority of teams are International. Occasionally what are effectively national teams play unofficially under an assumed name - these games are also noted where this is known.

The summary section looks at each region in turn and attempts to draw some conclusions about the relative strengths of the participants. This is a little flawed due to the absence of some results and information as well as the inclusion of non-international teams to make up the numbers but should give the best guess available.

Contents

1997[edit]

Hong Kong Sevens[edit]

1998[edit]

Carib International Sevens (Exhibition game)[edit]

  • December 1998
  • Trinidad & Tobago 12-29 St. Vincent & the Grenadines [1]

1999[edit]

Hong Kong Sevens[edit]

2000[edit]

Asian Championship[edit]

Hong Kong Sevens[edit]

Jamaica vs Cayman Islands[edit]

2001[edit]

Asian Championship[edit]

Hong Kong Sevens[edit]

2002[edit]

Whangarei Tournament[edit]


Asian Championship[edit]

Hong Kong Sevens[edit]

2003[edit]

Lomai Tournament[6][edit]

Whangerei Tournament[edit]

  •  United States are known to have gone on to this tournament before Hong Kong.

Asian Tournament[edit]

Hong Kong Sevens[edit]

European Tournament[edit]

South Pacific Games[edit]

  • Plans were afoot for a women's sevens tournament but it required six teams. It is not thought that this was achieved.[8]

2004[edit]

CAR North Tournament[edit]

  • At Tunisia, 5–7 March 2004
  • Winners: Unknown
  • Competitors:  Malta,  Tunisia and others

Hong Kong Sevens[edit]

South America Tournament[edit]

Rwanda v Burundi[edit]

  • At:Unknown. May 2004[9]
  • Rwanda 5-0 Burundi

Asian Tournament[edit]

European Tournament[edit]

Training Tournament (Central Europe)[edit]

2005[edit]

CAR North Tournament[edit]

  • At Tunisia
  • Winners: Unknown
  • Competitors: Unknown

Hong Kong Sevens[edit]

Asian Tournament[edit]

European Qualification Tournament[edit]

FIRA Women's European Championship[edit]

CAR African Sevens[edit]

  • Venue/Date: Kampala, 5–6 November 2005

Cancelled for financial reasons

Training Tournament (Central Europe)[edit]

NAWIRA Tournament[edit]

South America Tournament[edit]

Valentin Martinez International Tournament[edit]

2006[edit]

USA Tournament[edit]

Asian Championship[edit]

CAR North Tournament[edit]

  • At Tunisia
  • Winners: Unknown
  • Competitors: Unknown

CAR South Tournament[edit]

  • At Uganda
  • Winners: Unknown
  • Competitors: Unknown

Hong Kong Sevens[edit]

Emerging European Nations[edit]

  • Venue: Hungary
  • No results published

FIRA-AER European Championship - Division A[edit]

FIRA-AER European Championship - Division B[edit]

CAR African Championship[edit]

Friendly Games[edit]

  • Date/Venue: 24–25 July 2006, Grossmugl, Austria. (Source Austria Union)
  • The only information is that teams from Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Bavaria, and Mugl took part in a men's and women's tournament.

NAWIRA Tournament[edit]

2007[edit]

South America Tournament[edit]

USA Tournament[edit]

CAR North Tournament[edit]

CAR South Tournament[edit]

  • At Uganda
  • Winners: Unknown
  • Competitors: Unknown

T-EN Tournament[edit]

Hong Kong Sevens[edit]

Asian Championship[edit]

Emerging European Nations[edit]

FIRA-AER European Championship - Division B[edit]

FIRA-AER European Championship - Division A[edit]

FIRA-AER European Championship - Top 10[edit]

CAR African Championship[edit]

T-EN League[edit]

South East Asia Sevens[11][edit]

Borneo Sevens[12][edit]

NAWIRA Tournament[edit]

Pacific Tournament[edit]

Dubai Tournament[edit]

South East Asia Games[13][edit]

  • Thailand 52-0 Cambodia
  • Laos 0-36 Singapore
  • Thailand 14-12 Singapore
  • Cambodia 0-20 Laos
  • Cambodia 0-29 Singapore
  • Thailand 52-0 Laos

Classification Stages[edit]

Semi Finals

  • Thailand 43-0 Cambodia
  • Singapore 27-0 Laos
Nation Won Drawn Lost For Against
Thailand 3 0 0 118 12
Singapore 2 0 1 77 14
Laos 1 0 2 20 88
Cambodia 0 0 3 0 101

3rd/4th Match (Bronze Medal)

  • Cambodia 0-15 Laos

Final (Gold and Silver medal)

  • Thailand 19-5 Singapore

2008[edit]

South American Tournament and World Cup Qualifier[edit]

USA Sevens[edit]

Emerging European Nations[edit]

Hong Kong Sevens[edit]

World Cup Pre-Qualifier (Europe)[edit]

Amsterdam Sevens 2008[edit]

London IRB (Men's) Sevens 2008 (Exhibition game)[edit]

[14]

World Cup Pre-Qualifier (Europe)[edit]

Home Nations Cup 2008[edit]

At: Edinburgh[15] 1 June 2008.

  • Winner:  England
  • Only the results of games involving England were published.

One Off Match - Zambia 2008[edit]

Madrid Sevens - 2008[edit]

FIRA AER Top 16 and World Cup Qualifier[edit]

International Tournament - Reunion 2008[edit]

  • At: Réunion 23 to 30 June
  • Mauritius were planned to take part but appear to have dropped out.
Nation Won Drawn Lost For Against
South Africa 4 0 0 182 5
France 3 0 1 164 5
Madagascar 1 1 2 47 74
Reunion 1 1 2 36 116
Mayotte 0 0 4 0 219


Oceania World Cup Qualifier[edit]

T-EN Central European Tournament[edit]

African World Cup Qualifier[edit]

Asian World Cup Qualifier[edit]

T-EN Central European Tournament[edit]

North America/Caribbean World Cup Qualifier[edit]

Friendly Sevens at Brno 2008[edit]

Japan Demonstration Game 2008[edit]

  • 22 November 2008, Japan. Not strictly an International, this was a game played amongst Japan squad members prior to the men's Japan USA XV aside match.
  • Reds 12-12 Whites

Asian Development Tournament[edit]

  • Laos, 26 to 29 November 2008
  • No scores published

Dubai Tournament[edit]

Nelson Mandela Bay Tournament 2008[edit]

FIRA Warm Up Tournament 2008[18][edit]

  • Venue:Montpellier, France 20–21 December 2008
  • Group Game: France 12-0 Spain
  • Final: France 19-7 Spain

2009[edit]

Rwanda Burundi Festival 2009[edit]

South American Tournament[edit]

USA Sevens[edit]

Malaga Sevens 2009[edit]

Minor Nations Training 2009[edit]

  • At London, 19–22 February 2009.
  • Finland (two teams) and Austria trained at London Wasps and this was followed by a tournament involving Finland, Finland 2, Austria, Wasps, Wasps 2 and Metropolitan Police.
  • Finland won all their games in a limited round robin (all teams played four games).
  • Participants:  Finland,  Finland 2,  Austria
  • Group Games: Austria 0-36 Finland
  • Group Games: Finland 2 5-17 Austria
  • Plate Final: Finland 2 17-5 Austria
  • Cup Final: Finland 38-0 Wasps 2

IRB Sevens World Cup[edit]

F-EN (Central European) Tournament[edit]

F-EN (Central European) League[edit]

Hong Kong Sevens[edit]

Europe Emerging Nations[edit]

Asian Championship[edit]

CAR North West[edit]

FIRA-AER European Tournament - Division B[edit]

Roma Sevens 2009[edit]

Reunion Tournament 2009[edit]

At: Réunion 20 June 2009 Participants: Winners  France, runners up  Pretoria University, third  Réunion, unknown  Mayotte,  Madagascar

France results:

  • Réunion 0-36 France
  • France 26-0 Madagascar
  • France 61-0 Mayotte
  • France 19-7 Pretoria University

F-EN (Central Europe) Finals[edit]

FIRA-AER European Tournament - Division A[edit]

FIRA-AER European Tournament - Top 10[edit]

Banc ABC Tournament, Zimbabwe[20][edit]

  • At Harare, Zimbabwe 12 September 2009
  • Zimbabwe  12-24  Zambia
  • Final placings are believed to have been 1st, Zambia, 2nd, Zimbabwe, 3rd, Zambia B, 4th, Zimbabwe B

Shanghai Sevens 2009[21][edit]

  • At: Shanghai, China 12 and 13 September 2009
  • Participants:  China,  Guam
  • Results unknown

Pacific Mini Games[edit]

CAR African Tournament[edit]

  • Cancelled

Borneo Sevens 2009[edit]

  • At: Borneo. 31 October
  • Guam were mooted as a participant.
  • Thailand 39-0 India
  • Thailand 52-0 Malaysia
  • India 21-10 Malaysia

Bangkok Sevens 2009[edit]

  • At: Bangkok, Thailand 31 October. Thai club sides predominated.
  • Kazakhstan 20-14 Arabian Gulf

NACRA Caribbean Tournament[edit]

Dubai Tournament[edit]

  • At: Dubai, 4 December 2009. A tournament "for women’s teams who play rugby regularly at an international/county/provincial standard". The official status of some teams is unclear.
  • Participants: 12 teams, including five official national selections - Arabian Gulf,  France,  Georgia,  Kenya,  United States

East Asian Games 2009[edit]

Group Games

  • China 24-0 Japan
  • Guam 12-10 Hong Kong
  • Japan 50-0 Guam
  • China 44-0 Hong Kong
  • China 46-0 Guam
  • Japan 7-5 Hong Kong

Classification Stages

Semi Final

  • China 20-5 Hong Kong
  • Japan 19-5 Guam

Plate Final

  • Hong Kong 15-0 Guam

Final

  • China 34-12 Japan


European Emerging Nations[edit]

2010[edit]

South American Games[edit]

USA Tournament[edit]

European Emerging Nations[edit]

Hong Kong Sevens[edit]

Emerging Nations Camp[edit]

F-EN League[edit]

St Lucia v Guadeloupe[edit]

FIRA-AER European Tournament - Division A[edit]

FIRA-AER European Tournament - Division B[edit]

Amsterdam Sevens[edit]

CAR North West[edit]

Roma Sevens 2010[edit]

Carcassonne Sevens[edit]

  • Venue: Carcassonne, Italy. 19–20 June 2010.
  • There was only 3 national sides (Portugal, Georgia and Bulgaria) - but Portugal were on a much higher level. The teams agreed to form the Barbarians Filles between Bulgaria and Georgia to be able to play Portugal.
  •  Portugal 63-0  Bulgaria
  •  Portugal 46-7  Georgia
  • Final:  Portugal 66-0 Barbarians Fillies

FIRA-AER European Tournament - Top 10[edit]

Asian Championship[edit]

NACRA Sevens Championship[edit]

Cortina Sevens[edit]

Castle Sevens[edit]

Friendly Cup (Coupe de l'Amitié)[edit]

Pool 1 positions

  1. Ukraine I
  2. Romania
  3. Lithiania
  4. Lviv regional team

Pool 2 positions

  1. Moldova
  2. Hungary
  3. Poland
  4. Ukraine II

Hungarian results:

  • Hungary 46-0 Poland
  • Moldova 29-0 Hungary
  • Ukraine II 0-41 Hungary
  • Romania 17-5 Hungary

Asia Pacific Sevens[edit]

BancABC Sevens[edit]

Singapore Sevens[edit]

Group A

Nation Won Drawn Lost For Against
Japan 2 0 0 41 7
Hong Kong 1 0 1  ?  ?
India 0 0 2  ?  ?

Play-offs

Group B

Nation Won Drawn Lost For Against
Singapore 2 0 0 87 0
Malaysia 1 0 1  ?  ?
Indonesia 0 0 2  ?  ?

Semi finals

Plate Final

Final

Asian Games[edit]

Malta v Tunisia[27][edit]

F-EN League[edit]

Dubai Sevens[28][edit]

  • At: Dubai, 2–3 December 2010. A tournament "for women’s teams who play rugby regularly at an international/county/provincial standard". The official status of some teams is unclear.
  • Participants: 16 teams, including three official national selections and one team that was, in effect, the national side but not an "official" team:  Brazil,  France,  Almaty-Kazakhstan,  Kenya

2011[edit]

South American Championship[edit]

USA Tournament[edit]

Hong Kong Sevens[edit]

CAR North[edit]

F-EN League[edit]

Emerging Nations Camp[edit]

St Lucia v Guadeloupe[edit]

  • At Corinth Playing Field, St Lucia[29]
  • St.Lucia 28-10 Guadeloupe
  • St.Lucia 40-0 Guadeloupe

F-EN League[edit]

  • At: Vienna, 19 May 2011
  • Competitors:  Austria,  Hungary
  • Winner: Not known

Amsterdam Sevens[edit]

Portugal v Brazil[edit]

  • Venue: National Stadium, Lisbon, 25 May 2011
  • Portugal 24-5 Brazil

Roma Sevens[edit]

ScrumQueens.com Elite Sevens[edit]

  • Venue: Richmond, London. 4 June 2011
  • Winner: Wooden Spoon
  • Participants:  England,  Sweden, and club and invitational teams

Pool A

  • England 33-5 Pink Baa-Baas
  • England 35-0 Saracens
  • England 0-22 Wooden Spoons

Pool B

  • Sweden 19-10 Worcester
  • Richmond 5-10 Sweden
  • Akuma Dragons 5-19 Sweden

Semi-final

  • England 27-0 Sweden

Final

  • England 7-14 Wooden Spoons


FIRA-AER European Tournament - Division 3[edit]

La Réunion Sevens[30][edit]

Pool A

  • France 45-0 Réunion
  • Tukkies 41-0 New Caledonia
  • France 24-7 New Caledonia
  • Tukkies 36-0 Réunion
  • New Caledonia 26-17 Réunion
  • France 7-24 Tukkies

Pool B

  • Uganda 67-0 Mayotte
  • Marine 5-0 Madagascar
  • Uganda 17-7 Madagascar
  • Marine 34-0 Mayotte
  • Madagascar 55-0 Mayotte
  • Uganda 38-0 Marine

Plate semi-finals

  • New Caledonia 47-0 Mayotte
  • Madagascar 30-0 Réunion

Plate final

  • Madagascar 62-7 New Caledonia

Semi-finals

  • Tukkies 14-0 Marine
  • France 17-14 Uganda

Final

  • Tukkies 12-10 France


FIRA-AER European Tournament - Division 2[edit]

FIRA-AER Tournament 2010 - Top 12[edit]

Prague Sevens[edit]

  • Venue: Prague, 13–14 August 2011
  • Winner: Eccose Feminin (Int)
  • Participants: Eccose Feminin (Int), RK Petrovice (CZ),  Czech Republic,  Austria, Lazybugs (CZ)

Only international fixture: Czech Republic  7-31  Austria

Shanghai Sevens[edit]

Pool

  • China 24-0 Hong Kong
  • Kazakhstan 31-10 Thailand
  • China 26-7 Thailand
  • Kazakhstan 17-5 Hong Kong
  • China 31-10 Kazakhstan
  • Thailand 24-5 Hong Kong

Semi-finals

  • China 34-0 Hong Kong
  • Kazakhstan 7-0 Thailand

Third place

  • Thailand 14-10 Hong Kong

Final

  • China 19-10 Kazakhstan


Castle Sevens[edit]

Pool

  • Zambia A 14 - 12 Botswana
  • Zambia B 0 - 50 Zimbabwe
  • Zambia A 14 - 19 Zimbabwe
  • Botswana 29 - 0 Zambia B
  • Zambia A 50 - 0 Zambia B
  • Botswana lost to Zimbabwe

Final

  • Zambia A 12-7 Zimbabwe


Pacific Games[edit]

Piotrowice Nyskie International Rugby Festival[edit]

  • Venue: Piotrowice Nyskie, 3–4 September 2011
  • Final rankings:1st: Romania, 2nd:  Gdansk, 3rd:  Poland B,  Czech Republic,  Poland A,  Silesia.
  • Known results:
  • Czech Rep. 19-5 Poland A
  • Czech Rep. 7-17 Poland B
  • Czech Rep. 5-24 Romania
  • Czech Rep. 5-17 Gdansk
  • Friendly matches (outside tournament): Czech Rep. 21-5 Romania. Czech also beat Poland A and Poland B (scores unknown)

Asia Pacific Sevens[edit]

Asian Championship[edit]

Friendly Cup (Coupe de l'Amitié)[edit]

Only limited details available:[31]

  • Ukraine beat Moldova
  • Ukraine beat Poland
  • Ukraine Clubs 19-0 Hungary
  • Gallícia 5-10 Hungary
  • Ukraine 61-0 Hungary
  • Moldova 5-12 Hungary

CAR South[edit]

Torneo Internacional de Elche[32][edit]

Pool

  • Spain 12-12 France
  • Netherlands 35-7 Portugal
  • Spain 12-10 Netherlands
  • France 21-7 Portugal
  • Netherlands 17-0 France
  • Spain 21-10 Portugal
Nation Won Drawn Lost For Against
Spain 2 1 0 45 32
Netherlands 2 0 1 62 19
France 1 1 1 33 36
Portugal 0 0 3 34 77

3rd/4th

  • France 14-0 Portugal

Final

  • Spain 26-10 Netherlands


Singapore Cricket Club International Rugby 7s Tournament[33][edit]

Pool matches

  • Singapore 21-0 Malaysia
  • Singapore 21-0 Singapore Barbarians
  • Singapore 41-0 Indonesia
  • Singapore Barbarians 22-0 Malaysia
  • Singapore Barbarians 17-0 Indonesia
  • Indonesia 0-0 Malaysia

Semi-Finals

  • Singapore 55-0 Indonesia
  • Singapore Barbarians 10-5 Malaysia (or 12-5?)

3rd Place (Plate)

  • Malaysia 7-5 Indonesia

Final

  • Singapore 33-0 Singapore Barbarians


Safaricom Sevens[34][edit]

  • Kenya 24-0 Uganda B
  • Uganda 29-0 Kenya B
  • Kenya 41-5 Kenya B
  • Uganda 45-0 Uganda B
  • Uganda B 27-5 Kenya B
  • Kenya 10-10 Uganda

Final

  • Kenya 7-5 Uganda


NACRA Sevens Championship[edit]

IRB Women's Sevens Challenge Cup[edit]

Dubai Women's International Inivitational[edit]

2012[edit]

Spain v Netherlands[edit]

  • Venue: Madrid, 17–18 January 2012
  • Six matches over two days, all won by Spain.
  • Known results: Spain 21-17 Netherlands; Spain 33-5 Netherlands; Spain 20-5 Netherlands

Martinique Sevens[36][edit]

  • Venue: Martinique, 4 February 2012
  • Two separate tournaments:

Tournoi Guyane-Antilles

  • Full results not published. In the final Guadeloupe beat French Guyana in sudden death overtime after a 5-5 draw. Martinique also took part.

International women's tournament:

  • Result: 1. France B; 2. France A; 3. Trinidad & Tobago; 4. Saint Lucia
  • France A 43-0 Saint Lucia
  • France B 36-0 Trinidad & Tobago
  • France A 31-0 Trinidad & Tobago
  • France B 31-0 Saint Lucia
  • Trinidad & Tobago w/o Saint Lucia (Saint Lucia forfeit)
  • France B 24-19 France A


USA Tournament[edit]

Portugal v Spain[edit]

  • Venue: Lisbon, 29 February 2012
  • Portugal 0 Spain 38; Portugal 0 Spain 31; Portugal 0 Spain 19; Portugal 0 Spain 22; Portugal 5 Spain 25

Netherlands in Botswana & South Africa[edit]

  • Venue: Port Elizabeth, 5–19 March 2012
  • Known results: South Africa 7, Netherlands 28

Swiss International Tournament[edit]

  • Venue: Allmend, Lucerne, 10–11 March 2012
  • Results:

Day one

  • France II 36-0 Germany
  • Switzerland 0-36 France
  • Germany 0-52 France
  • France II 33-0 Switzerland
  • Switzerland 7-36 Germany
  • France 14-12 France II

Day two

  • France 12-14 France II
  • Switzerland 0-43 France
  • France II 10-7 Germany
  • France 50-7 Germany
  • France II 33-5 Switzerland
  • Switzerland 7-24 Germany


South American Championship[edit]

IRB Women's Challenge (Hong Kong)[edit]

European Emerging Nations[edit]

St Lucia triangular[edit]

  • Venue: Gros Islet Playing Field, St Lucia 28 April 2012
  • St Lucia 55 - 0 Curaçao
  • St Lucia 38 - 0 Curaçao
  • Barbados 15 - 5 Curaçao
  • Barbados 10 - 5 Curaçao

IRB Challenge: London Sevens[edit]

Roma Sevens[edit]

Amsterdam Sevens[edit]

  • Venue: Amsterdam, 19–20 May 2012.

Silver Pier

Women's shield

Benidorm Sevens[edit]

European World Cup Qualifier: Group A[edit]

European World Cup Qualifier: Group B[edit]

European Women's Sevens Series: Round 1[edit]

European Women's Sevens Series: Round 2 and WC Qualifier[edit]

Harare Sevens[edit]

  • At: Harare, Zimbabwe, 28 July 2012
  • Zimbabwe A 0-47 Zambia
  • Zimbabwe 15-12 Zambia

Oceania World Cup Qualifier[edit]

Prague Sevens[edit]

  • Venue: Prague, 11–12 August 2012

Only international: Austria 19-12 Czech Republic

Piotrowice Nyskie International Rugby Festival[edit]

No international fixtures. Austria finished third.

NACRA World Cup Qualifier[edit]