2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens

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2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens
2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens logo.png
Tournament details
Host nation  Russia
Venue
Dates 28 – 30 June 2013
No. of nations
  • 24 (men)
  • 16 (women)
Champions Gold medal blank.svg
2009
2018

The 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens was the sixth edition of the Rugby World Cup Sevens. The tournament was held at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.[1][2] New Zealand won the tournament, defeating England 33–0 in the final. Attendance for the tournament was poor, with matches played in mostly empty stadiums.[3][4]

World Rugby, then known as the International Rugby Board (IRB), initially stated that the Rugby World Cup Sevens would be scrapped if rugby sevens were to be included in the Olympic programme for the 2016 Summer Olympics. As the International Olympic Committee voted for the sport's inclusion,[5] this was thought likely to be the last edition of the tournament. However, the IRB clarified that in June 2013, the tournament would be retained and held quadrennially from 2018.[6]

Hosting[edit]

In December 2009, the IRB confirmed that the governing rugby boards of Brazil (Brazilian Rugby Association), Germany (German Rugby Federation) and Russia (Rugby Union of Russia) formally expressed their intention to tender to host the tournament.[7] Scottish Rugby Union, the governing rugby board of Scotland, which did not choose to express interest, was also previously considering bidding for the tournament.[8]

In February 2010, the IRB reported that Rugby Union of Russia had formally submitted its tender for the right to host Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013, while the Brazilian and German rugby boards had confirmed their withdrawal from the bidding process. This announcement left Russia as the only country bidding to host the event.[9]

"This tender submission underlines our continued commitment to ignite a new Rugby frontier in Russia through a strategic vision of promotion, participation and growth."

—Vyacheslav Kopiev, President of Rugby Union of Russia[9]

Six days before hosting the 2010 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy, Russia was officially named as host at the IRB annual congress on 12 May 2010.[2]

Qualification[edit]

Men's
Region Automatic Qualifiers Places Remaining
Africa 2
North America/Caribbean No Automatic Qualifiers 2
South America 1
Asia No Automatic Qualifiers 3
Europe 5
Oceania 2
Women's
Region Automatic Qualifiers Places Remaining
Africa 1
North America/Caribbean 1
South America No Automatic Qualifiers 1
Asia No Automatic Qualifiers 2.5*
Europe 5
Oceania 0.5*

* Winner of Oceania qualifier will compete in Asian qualifier.

Notes (Men's):
Canada and United States qualified for the tournament taking the 2 available places in the North America/Caribbean category.
Zimbabwe and Tunisia qualified for the tournament taking the 2 available places in the Africa category.
Australia and Tonga qualified for the tournament taking the 2 available places in the Oceania category.
Portugal, Spain, France, Georgia and Scotland qualified for the tournament taking the 5 available places in the Europe category.
Japan, Hong Kong and Philippines qualified for the tournament taking the 3 available places in the Asia category.
Uruguay qualified for the tournament taking the 1 and only place available in the South America category.

Notes (Women's):
Canada qualified for the tournament through NACRA's regional qualifying tournament taking the 1 and only place available in the North America/Caribbean category.
Tunisia qualified for the tournament taking the 1 available place in the Africa category.
England, Ireland, Spain, France and Netherlands qualified for the tournament taking the 5 available places in the European category.
Fiji, Japan, and China qualified for the tournament through AFRU's regional qualifying tournament taking the 3 available places in the Asian and Oceania category.
Brazil qualified through CONSUR's regional qualifying tournament taking the 1 and only place in the South America category.

Qualified teams[edit]

Men

Africa North America/
Caribbean
South America Asia Europe Oceania
Automatic qualification
 Kenya
 South Africa
 Argentina  England
 Russia (Hosts)
 Wales (Holders)
 Fiji
 New Zealand
 Samoa
Regional Qualifiers
 Tunisia
 Zimbabwe
 Canada
 United States
 Uruguay  Hong Kong
 Japan
 Philippines
 France
 Georgia
 Portugal
 Scotland
 Spain
 Australia
 Tonga

Women

Africa North America/
Caribbean
South America Asia Europe Oceania
Automatic qualification
 South Africa  United States  Russia (Hosts)  Australia (Holders)
 New Zealand
Regional Qualifiers
 Tunisia  Canada  Brazil  China
 Japan
 England
 France
 Ireland
 Netherlands
 Spain
 Fiji

Men[edit]

Women[edit]

Trophy Overview[edit]

Trophy Overview
Men Women
Champions Runner-up Champions Runner-up
Cup  New Zealand  England  New Zealand  Canada
Plate  Canada  Samoa  Australia  England
Bowl  Russia  Japan  Fiji  Netherlands

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RWC Sevens 2013 dates announced" (Press release). Rugby World Cup Limited. 2012-05-12. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 
  2. ^ a b "Russia to host Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 2010-05-12. Archived from the original on 2013-10-15. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  3. ^ "Poor crowds for Rugby World Cup Sevens fail to dampen enthusiasm", ESPN, July 2, 2013.
  4. ^ "IRB optimistic despite poor crowds in Russia", Business Day, July 2, 2013.
  5. ^ "Golf & rugby set to join Olympics". BBC. 13 August 2009. Retrieved 20 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "Future of Rugby World Cup Sevens confirmed". IRB. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ground breaking interest for RWC Sevens 2013". International Rugby Board. 17 December 2009. Retrieved 20 December 2009. 
  8. ^ "RWC Sevens could return to Murrayfield". Ultimate Rugby Sevens. 28 July 2009. Archived from the original on 7 December 2009. Retrieved 20 December 2009. 
  9. ^ a b "Russia highlights plans with RWC Sevens bid". International Rugby Board. 18 February 2010. Archived from the original on 25 February 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 

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