RUGBY WORLD CUP SEVENS. THE STORY BEHIND THE ENGLAND 1993 CHAMPIONS.
The first-ever Rugby World Cup Sevens was staged in 1993 at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland. This was the inaugural Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament.
In the fifteen-a-side game the teams compete for the William Webb Ellis Trophy. Named after the pupil of Rugby School who picked up the ball during a game of football and ran with it. Resulting in the formation of Rugby Football. For Sevens rugby ultimate the competition was to be called the Melrose Cup. This was named after the small Scottish border town of Melrose where the Sevens format had been first played in 1883.
1993 Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament – 24 competing teams
Wales finished third behind South Africa and Fiji. They entered the Plate Competition and reached the semi-final, before narrowly losing to Spain 7-10. Argentina eventually won the Plate, defeating Spain 19 points to 12.
Scotland finished in fourth behind Tonga, Australia, and Argentina. They entered the Bowl Competition and reached the final. But, they were beaten by Japan 33-19.
Ireland & England make 1993 Rugby World Cup Sevens Semi-Finals
Both Ireland and England finished in second place in the respective Groups. They made it through to the Quarter Final Pools. Again both teams finished second place again in their Groups to make it through to the Semi-Finals.
Ireland was narrowly beaten by Australia 19-21. However, England shocked Fiji running in three tries to one. A couple from the Harlequins flyer Andrew Harriman. And the other from Laurence Dallaglio. Nick Beal kicked three conversions.
England defeat Australia in 1993 Rugby World Cup Sevens Final
Australia went into the Final full of confidence. They had already beaten England in the Group Stage 21-12. However, England put in an inspired performance. Andrew Harriman’s electric pace saw him score following a weaving run in the first minute. Laurence Dallaglio then added a second try. And it was Tim Rodber who added a third to put England into an incredible 21-0 lead. The reliable Nick Beal added three conversions.
The Wallabies then fought back. But tries from Michael Lynagh, Semi Taupeaafe, David Campese and one conversion by Lynagh also. Made the final score in England’s favour 21 points to 17.
England was coached by Les Cusworth. The Captain was Andrew Harriman. Players included Adedayo Adebayo, Nick Beal, Justyn Cassell, Lawrence Dallaglio, Matt Dawson, Damian Hopley, Tim Rodber, Chris Sheasby, Dave Scully, and Scotsman Michael Dods. Dods was drafted in from the Reserve player pool.
Ellis Rugby Celebrate the Great England Rugby Teams
The early 90s was an extremely successful period for the England team. They won back-to-back Grand Slams in 1991 and 1992. View our Ellis Rugby England Rugby 1991 Shirt 1992 Grand Slam. In addition, they won a Grand Slam in 1995. And the jersey they wore for this and the Rugby World Cup Sevens victory in 1991. Was the same design. To view the England Rugby 1995 Shirt Polo Grand Slam.