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Sunday, March 29, 2009

History of Rugby World Cup Sevens - Part 3

History of Rugby World Cup Sevens - Part 3

The third and final part of the History of the Sevens World Cup series coincides nicely with this weekends Hong Kong Sevens, which took place earlier today. Fiji came out trumps over South Africa in a rematch of the classic 1997 final, which is featured in this video.

It was back in 1994 though that a young giant hit the scene with a bang, lighting up the Hong Kong tournament in a way that was never seen before.

Eighteen year old New Zealander Johan Lomu made his mark on the tournament and in many ways, world rugby, as he terrorised defences from Fiji to Australia.
The 1997 tournament in Hong Kong was a huge event, culminating in one of the best finals ever to be seen. Fiji beat South Africa 24-21 in the end as the big name Springbok players couldnt do enough to hold off the Fijian comeback.

In 2001 the Sevens World Cup moved to Argentina, and it was Lomu once again who featured prominently, particularly in the final against Australia as he scored some amazing tries, running through all before him, as he talks about in his interview.

Sevens has come a long way, with many fifteens players having honed their craft in the shortened version of the game, making it a valuable part of the sport of rugby overall.

Time: 09:22

Posted by Rugbydump at 10:15 pm | View Comments (14)

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jacobo March 30, 2009 12:25 am

lomu is a tank !!!!first comment !!

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GalwayGreat March 30, 2009 2:14 am

Screw the sevens get some edf highlights on here.Anyone see shane williams against gloucester? He beat 14 defenders thoughout the game!! He probably had more ball in that 80mins than he did all 6 nations.DEFINATE lions starter.

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DFL March 30, 2009 4:07 am

Screw the edf highlights! More Sevens please!

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Kerivoula March 30, 2009 8:21 am

The first one was a classic final, the best yet.Can you ever tire of watching Lomu? Not me.Thanks for the clips IRB and RD, great stuff.

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Abs7 March 30, 2009 10:19 am

"pain doesn't last long, glory lasts a lifetime" awesome words by jonah. he was just awesome.. lomu and serevi were 7's superstars for sure.

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Anonymous March 30, 2009 11:14 am

GalwayGreat, is that the same game where the Ospreys scored 0 points? ;)

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No2_FTL March 30, 2009 6:03 pm

em..i dont want to be a geek or anything but there is 7 continents and the vid said there was only 5 :P lol great vid though serevi was magic

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Tana13 March 30, 2009 7:17 pm

Lomu will forever be THE legend of rugbyand for the guy asking about shane williams in the edf engery cup at the week must be having a giraffe!! osperys where shocking and williams tryed for force something magical everytime he got the ball...maybe he did beat a few defenders but hardly gain groundbut saying that...definate lions starter, along with bowe

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Anonymous March 30, 2009 11:13 pm

Tana13 he made the most metres out of both teams that game and beat more defenders than both teams put together.

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Kevin March 31, 2009 6:40 am

great game this seven stuffit's not popular in france, as the league but I love it! I tried rugby 2 years ago but since I play football since I'm 6, I like to play the game I control at least a little. You'll get that boys.I dirty my pants for a good rugby game and just drink my can for a good football one...Long live the sevens, the league... and the union of course!To tell the truth, I'm a rugby player on a football pitch...

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Kevin March 31, 2009 6:40 am

yeeeaaah I publish on rb now!!!

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David C March 31, 2009 3:54 pm

They should have sent the Olympic committee this series to watch. All 3 parts were great.

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Anonymous March 31, 2009 3:56 pm

Funny how Johah said how great it was to see David Campese in front of him when he was running the ball. I could just imagine Campese's thoughts, OH SH*T!!! haha

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Anonymous March 31, 2009 3:57 pm

Shoot!! Meant, JONAH...

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