The History of Rugby Sevens
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Rugby originated in England in 1823.
According to legend, the sport of Rugby was created by Webb Ellis, a pupil at Rugby School, when he picked up the ball and ran with it during a school football match in 1823, thus creating the "rugby" style of play. The first rugby football international was played on 27 March 1871 between Scotland and England in Edinburgh. Scotland won the game 1–0. By 1881, both Ireland and Wales had representative teams and in 1883 the first international competition had begun.
Rugby Sevens was also created in 1880's
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.
Rugby sevens originated in Melrose, Scotland in the 1880s; the Melrose Sevens tournament is still played annually.
Rugby Sevens officially became an Olympic sport
Rugby union has been a men's medal sport at the modern Summer Olympic Games, being played at four of the first seven competitions. The sport debuted at the 1900 Paris games where the gold medal was won by the host nation. It was subsequently featured at the London games in 1908, the Antwerp games in 1920 and the Paris games in 1924 (where USA won the gold medal).
Shortly after the 1924 games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) dropped rugby union as an Olympic sport. In October 2009 the IOC voted at its session in Copenhagen to include rugby sevens in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The event made its debut in an Olympic programme at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics and was featured again in the Tokyo 2020 games.
Rugby World Cup Sevens attracted more than 100,000 fans
The Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco was the most successful rugby event ever organised in the USA. More than 100,000 fans packed into AT&T Park to see the first rugby event in the iconic baseball stadium. The three-day tournament was the most-watched live rugby cast in the USA on record. Coverage reached nine million viewers across five telecasts, with finals day coverage averaging 1.365 million viewers.
RFL Debuts in Las Vegas
The Revolution has begun with the launch of the first Rugby Sevens Major League in the USA: the RFL