Wales win Rugby World Cup Sevens

The Welsh were only given a slim chance of winning the Rugby World Cup Sevens title in Dubai at the weekend, but the 80-1 outsiders marched away with the title in style.

Many of the big guns fell at the quarter-final stage, with Wales beating New Zealand, Argentina defeating South Africa, Samoa overcoming England in extra time, and Kenya thrashing Fiji, the reigning champions.

The lack of media coverage has been fairly disappointing, but I’m told that the few people that subscribe to Setanta were thrilled by the quality of the action, and the fact that there was an unexpected victor only enhances the repuation of rugby’s shortened version as a sport in its own right.

The IRB will have been watching with pride, with Bernard Lapasset, chairman grinning from ear to ear at the thought of Jacques Rogge, his equivalent at the IOC, watching the action unfold, pressing the case for the inclusion of Sevens at the 2016 Olympic Games. I’m all for it – at least then, I might be able to watch some of it.

5 thoughts on “Wales win Rugby World Cup Sevens

  1. I wish I’d taken that bet myself Fakey ,but I’m also always wise after the event .

    It’s been in the media enough in Wales of course but not much outside considering it’s a British team that are World Champions at something as opposed to the usual-ok with one big exception in 2003!- losers default tag -clearly not as big news as some footballers kicking off in a night club.

    What must be said is that the team are composed of bit part regional players and those from lower leagues – the winning try scored by a London Welsh player and the player of the tournament being Tal Selly who has drifted around the regions for a number of years now and can’t get a regular start with the Dragons.

    I’ll make no apologies for mentioning Paul John the coach again in these circumstances clearly doing an excellent job.

  2. I managed to catch the finals in a pub and whilst the excitement was there with Argentina pressing Wales until the final hooter, the quality wasn’t. At one point there were about 6 consecutive aimless hoofs downfield as the teams had obviously been learning how to play from England.

    I think they were all exhausted though after both teams had expended a lot of energy earlier in the day to beat the more favoured team.

    An excellent result for the purpose of inclusion into the olympics though – who’d make up a Team GB 7’s team in 2012?

    Shane Williams (swansong!)
    Mark Jones
    Ugo Monye
    Danny Care
    Max Evans
    Luke Fitzgerald
    Tom Rees
    Jamie Heaslip

    Any others?

  3. 5. I can’t think of another Olympic sport where they do, so it probably would be Team GB (and Northern Ireland).

  4. Hows Cheltenham going , usually snows in my experience . A British team would be entered in the Olympicslike every other sport .It could be all Welsh in composition or all English for that matter(curling team gold !=4 Scots) .They’d have to stand to God Save the Queen though which as its the British anthem for this purpose I personally have no problem with.

    James Hook made his name in the Commonwealth Sevens in Melbourne so I think he’d be good for it but these days Sevens is a specialised discipline so any team is more likely to be made up of those on the Sevens circuit rather than stars of the 15 a side game .

  5. This is a fine demonstration of the beauty of Rugby – the unpredictablity and drama makes sevens stand out even more. There are always tries guranteed with the open style of sevens and Wales’ win represents a classic underdog triumph. Having been to a sevens event in Murrayfield I can testify that the atmosphere and buzz is different from any other form of the game. Watching sevens is also a growing phenomenon (especially in Dubai) with an increasing amount of players moving onto the bigger scene after fruitlful seasons in sevens, for example Ben Foden.


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