Rugby sevens

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Rugby sevens (commonly known as simply sevens), and originally known as seven-a-side rugby, is a variant of rugby union in which teams are made up of seven players playing seven minute halves, instead of the usual 15 players playing 40 minute halves.wikipedia
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Melrose Sevens

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Rugby sevens originated in Melrose, Scotland in the 1880s; the Melrose Sevens tournament is still played annually.
Melrose Sevens is an annual rugby sevens event held by Melrose Rugby Club, in Melrose, Scotland.

World Rugby Sevens Series

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The popularity of rugby sevens increased further with the development of the Hong Kong Sevens in the 1970s and was later followed by the inclusion of the sport into the Commonwealth Games for the first time in 1998 and the establishment of the annual World Rugby Sevens Series in 1999 and the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series in 2012.
The World Rugby Sevens Series is an annual series of international rugby sevens tournaments run by World Rugby featuring national sevens teams.

World Rugby Women's Sevens Series

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The popularity of rugby sevens increased further with the development of the Hong Kong Sevens in the 1970s and was later followed by the inclusion of the sport into the Commonwealth Games for the first time in 1998 and the establishment of the annual World Rugby Sevens Series in 1999 and the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series in 2012.
The World Rugby Women's Sevens Series, known as the HSBC Women's World Rugby Sevens Series for sponsorship reasons, is a series of international rugby sevens tournaments for women's national teams run by World Rugby.

Rugby union

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Rugby sevens (commonly known as simply sevens), and originally known as seven-a-side rugby, is a variant of rugby union in which teams are made up of seven players playing seven minute halves, instead of the usual 15 players playing 40 minute halves.
1883 is also the year of the first rugby sevens tournament, the Melrose Sevens, which is still held annually.

Rugby sevens at the Summer Olympics

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In 2016, rugby sevens was contested in the Summer Olympics for the first time.
Rugby sevens was added to the Olympics following the decision of the 121st IOC Session in Copenhagen in October 2009.

2016 Summer Olympics

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In 2016, rugby sevens was contested in the Summer Olympics for the first time.
With 306 sets of medals, the games featured 28 Olympic sports, including rugby sevens and golf, which were added to the Olympic program in 2009.

Rugby sevens at the 2018 Commonwealth Games – Women's tournament

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It has also been played in regional events such as the Pan American Games and the Asian Games, and in 2018 a women's tournament was played for the first time at the Commonwealth Games.
The women's rugby sevens tournament at the 2018 Commonwealth Games was the first time that women's teams had participated in this event.

Rugby sevens at the Pan American Games

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It has also been played in regional events such as the Pan American Games and the Asian Games, and in 2018 a women's tournament was played for the first time at the Commonwealth Games.
On July 11, 2007, Mario Vazquez Rana, president of the Pan American Sports Organization, (PASO), announced that rugby sevens would be added to the list of sports that will be played at future Pan American Games, after a vote by the organization's general assembly.

Middlesex Sevens

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In 1926, England's major tournament, the Middlesex Sevens was set up by Dr J.A. Russell-Cargill, a London-based Scot. The Scottish connection continued in the establishment of the Hong Kong Sevens in the 1970s, founded largely by expats such as "Tokkie" Smith, and in England, London Scottish RFC was strongly involved in the Middlesex Sevens from the start.
The Middlesex Sevens was a Rugby Sevens tournament held annually at Twickenham stadium in London, England until 2011.

Melrose RFC

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Rugby sevens was initially conceived in 1883 by Ned Haig and David Sanderson, who were butchers from Melrose, Scotland as a fund-raising event for their local club, Melrose RFC.
Melrose is most famous as the host of the first-ever rugby sevens tournament in 1883, the abbreviated game having been invented by Ned Haig, a local butcher.

1973 International Seven-a-side Tournament

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The first-ever officially sanctioned tournament for national teams was the 1973 International Seven-A-Side Tournament held at Murrayfield as part of the "Scottish Rugby Union's Celebration of Rugby" centenary celebrations.
The 1973 International Seven-a-side tournament was the first rugby sevens tournament to feature national representative teams, predating the first official Rugby World Cup Sevens by twenty years.

Melrose, Scottish Borders

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Rugby sevens originated in Melrose, Scotland in the 1880s; the Melrose Sevens tournament is still played annually. Rugby sevens was initially conceived in 1883 by Ned Haig and David Sanderson, who were butchers from Melrose, Scotland as a fund-raising event for their local club, Melrose RFC.
Melrose is the birthplace of Rugby Sevens and also has a rugby union team, Melrose RFC.

Ned Haig

Rugby sevens was initially conceived in 1883 by Ned Haig and David Sanderson, who were butchers from Melrose, Scotland as a fund-raising event for their local club, Melrose RFC.
Ned Haig (7 December 1858 in Jedburgh, Scotland – 28 March 1939 in Melrose, Scotland, buried in Wairds Cemetery, Melrose, Scotland) was a butcher and rugby union player notable for founding the sport of rugby sevens.

Rugby World Cup Sevens

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The Rugby World Cup Sevens, in which the Melrose Cup is contested, was launched in 1993.
The Rugby World Cup Sevens is the premier stand-alone international rugby sevens competition outside the Olympic Games.

World Rugby

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Rugby sevens is administered by World Rugby, the body responsible for rugby union worldwide.
World Rugby has most recently been very keen to see it return to the Games and is adamant that the sport (specifically referring to rugby sevens) satisfies every respect of the criteria set out in the Olympic Charter.

Fiji national rugby sevens team

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In addition, seven of the 15 current "core teams" that compete in all legs of the World Series represent nations that are not within the recognised top tier of the 15-man game — Fiji, Samoa, Kenya, the United States, Canada, Portugal, and Japan.
The Fiji national rugby sevens team is one of the most successful rugby sevens teams in the world.

United States national rugby sevens team

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In addition, seven of the 15 current "core teams" that compete in all legs of the World Series represent nations that are not within the recognised top tier of the 15-man game — Fiji, Samoa, Kenya, the United States, Canada, Portugal, and Japan.
The United States national rugby sevens team competes in international rugby sevens competitions.

Rugby union in Hong Kong

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Rugby sevens has become popular in places such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai, which are not so successful in the fifteen-a-side code.
In contrast to the People's Republic of China, it has had a continuous existence dating back over a hundred years, and is most notable for the Hong Kong Sevens tournament, the most well known of the rugby sevens tournaments.

Selkirk RFC

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Because it was near to the Scottish Borders, it attracted interest from the code's birthplace, and the final was contested between Selkirk (who won) and Melrose (who were runners up).
Selkirk's own Sevens takes place annually in May.

Scrum (rugby)

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Scrums are made up of three players from each team.
Scrums in rugby union sevens consist only of what would be the "front row" in normal rugby union.

Australia national rugby sevens team

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Other strong contenders include England and Australia, each of whom have had several top four finishes in recent seasons.
Rugby sevens is now recognised as an Olympic sport and made its debut in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Murrayfield Stadium

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The first-ever officially sanctioned tournament for national teams was the 1973 International Seven-A-Side Tournament held at Murrayfield as part of the "Scottish Rugby Union's Celebration of Rugby" centenary celebrations.
From 2007 to 2011, Murrayfield hosted the Edinburgh 7s, then the final event in the annual IRB Sevens World Series in rugby sevens, but that tournament was moved to Glasgow starting in 2012 due to low attendance.

London Scottish F.C.

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The Scottish connection continued in the establishment of the Hong Kong Sevens in the 1970s, founded largely by expats such as "Tokkie" Smith, and in England, London Scottish RFC was strongly involved in the Middlesex Sevens from the start.
London Scottish have been great exponents of rugby sevens winning the Melrose Sevens (twice), Middlesex Sevens (seven times) and the Rosslyn Park London Floodlit Sevens (seven times).

Hong Kong Sevens

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The popularity of rugby sevens increased further with the development of the Hong Kong Sevens in the 1970s and was later followed by the inclusion of the sport into the Commonwealth Games for the first time in 1998 and the establishment of the annual World Rugby Sevens Series in 1999 and the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series in 2012. The Scottish connection continued in the establishment of the Hong Kong Sevens in the 1970s, founded largely by expats such as "Tokkie" Smith, and in England, London Scottish RFC was strongly involved in the Middlesex Sevens from the start.
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2018 Commonwealth Games

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Women's sevens made its Commonwealth Games debut in the 2018 Games.
With 275 sets of medals, the games featured 19 Commonwealth sports, including beach volleyball, para triathlon and women's rugby sevens.