The Rugby World Cup Sevens was first performed in Murrayfield in April 1993, it hosted the worlds finest sevens groups stuffed with one of the best sevens gamers, competing for the Melrose Cup.
Because the countdown begins for the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022, World Rugby takes us again for some blast of the previous to point out us the seven finest gamers to ever play within the RWC sevens. Right here is World Rugby’s worlds best checklist.
MICHAELA BLYDE (NEW ZEALAND)
Michaela Blyde turned the primary participant to be named World Rugby Ladies’s Sevens Participant of the 12 months in successive seasons when she acquired the award in each 2017 and 2018.
The second award got here after a dominant efficiency at Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco, throughout which she scored 9 tries in 4 appearances — together with two hat-tricks.
Blade crossed the whitewash 3 times in opposition to Eire within the quarter-finals, after which adopted that up with the opening strive of the semi-final win over the USA and one other triple in opposition to France within the remaining.
These tries confirmed a second successive RWC Sevens title for the Black Ferns Sevens, and Blyde will hope to contribute to New Zealand’s quest for a 3rd in Cape City subsequent 12 months.
SANTIAGO GOMEZ CORA (ARGENTINA)
The primary participant to notch a double century of HSBC World Rugby Seven Collection tries, Santiago Gomez Cora additionally left his mark on Rugby World Cup Sevens.
Cora featured at RWC Sevens 2005 in Hong Kong, the place he scored three tries within the pool stage earlier than Argentina had been eradicated by Fiji within the quarter-finals.
Within the United Arab Emirates 4 years later, Cora and Argentina made it to the ultimate the place they got here up in opposition to Wales, who that they had crushed 14-0 in Pool F.
The winger had scored in that match, nevertheless, his try-scoring contact eluded him within the showpiece match and Wales had been in a position to safe a slender 19-12 triumph.
Cora performed his remaining World Collection match in 2010, ending with 230 World Collection tries, earlier than transitioning into teaching, and coached the Argentine males’s workforce at RWC Sevens 2018.
GHISLAINE LANDRY (CANADA)
No feminine participant has scored extra factors on the World Collection than Canadian Ghislaine Landry, who has amassed 1,356 in 208 matches.
Landry performed a pivotal function as Canada’s girls completed as runners-up to New Zealand at RWC Sevens 2013 in Moscow.
The playmaker scored 37 factors on the Luzhniki Stadium — second solely to Portia Woodman’s 60 — working in seven tries, together with a brace in opposition to hosts Russia and Spain.
5 years later, in San Francisco, Landry captained her nation and added 31 factors to her RWC Sevens tally as Canada completed seventh.
ERIC RUSH (NEW ZEALAND)
One of many unique stars of sevens, Eric Rush performed 9 assessments for the All Blacks, together with two at Rugby World Cup 1995, however it was within the shorter type of the sport that he really excelled.
Rush represented New Zealand at three RWC Sevens, though a damaged leg saved him out of the knockout phases as his countrymen gained the title in 2001, and performed on the World Collection till he was 39.
A strong and elusive runner, Rush was additionally a dedicated chief who captained New Zealand to Commonwealth Video games gold in each 1998 and 2002.
“He’s synonymous with sevens,” former teammate Karl Tenana wrote final 12 months, “and might be one of the best captain I’ve ever seen. He had this means to get gamers to play above the extent they even knew they may carry out themselves, in addition to clearly being a category participant himself.
WAISALE SEREVI (FIJI)
Recognized around the globe because the ‘King of Sevens’, Waisale Serevi is arguably probably the most recognizable proponent of the shorter format.
Able to uncommon feats on the rugby pitch, Serevi was the driving pressure behind the Fiji workforce for a lot of the Nineties and 2000s, amassing 1,310 factors on the World Collection and a report 297 factors at RWC Sevens tournaments.
Serevi twice tasted RWC Sevens success, however it was in 1997 that he had the largest influence, scoring 117 factors as Fiji surged to the title, beating South Africa 24-21 within the remaining in Hong Kong.
A triple Commonwealth Video games medalist, the World Rugby Corridor of Fame inductee turned player-coach of Fiji in 2005 and led the workforce to its first World Collection in his first season.
MARIKA VUNIBAKA (FIJI)
The unique flying Fijian, Marika Vunibaka burst onto the scene throughout his nation’s run to the RWC Sevens 1997 title in Hong Kong.
Vunibaka scored 12 tries at Hong Kong Stadium, together with 4 within the semi-final victory in opposition to Samoa, as Fiji lifted the Melrose Cup for the primary time.
4 years later, the winger notched 5 tries as his aspect completed third in Argentina, and contributed an additional six throughout RWC Sevens 2005, together with a hat-trick in opposition to Japan, as Fiji regained their title again in Hong Kong.
No participant has scored extra RWC Sevens tries than the 23 Vunibaka managed throughout his three match appearances.
PORTIA WOODMAN (NEW ZEALAND)
Accidents and the continuing pandemic have ensured Portia Woodman has not performed on the World Collection since October, 2018, however it can’t be forgotten how a lot of a pressure the New Zealand winger had been previous to that.
At her first RWC Sevens, in Russia in 2013, Woodman scored 12 tries in six matches because the Black Fern Sevens claimed their first title. 5 years later, she crossed the whitewash six occasions, together with as soon as within the 29-0 remaining defeat of France, as New Zealand gained gold once more.
Between 2012-18, in the meantime, Woodman scored 195 World Collection tries in simply 157 matches. No feminine participant has scored extra, and solely two gamers — Ghislaine Landry and Tyla Nathan-Wong — have amassed extra factors.
In 2018, the World Rugby Ladies’s Sevens Participant of the 12 months 2015 additionally helped New Zealand to Commonwealth Video games gold in Australia, whereas two years beforehand she scored 10 tries, together with two hat-tricks, en path to a silver medal at Rio 2016.