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Rugby World Cup 7s Season: Competition overview
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Rugby World Cup 7s
Qualifier 1 (Lisbon)
Qualifier 2 (Dubai)
Qualifier 3 (Punta del Este)

Rugby World Cup 7s 1997

Overview
The tournament was held at the Hong Kong Stadium in Hong Kong.

Qualifiers
Africa
South Africa 7sFinalist in Rugby World Cup 7s - Qualifier 2 (Dubai) 1997
Morocco 7sDefeated in quarter finals in Rugby World Cup 7s - Qualifier 2 (Dubai) 1997
Zimbabwe 7s
Namibia 7sDefeated in quarter finals in Rugby World Cup 7s - Qualifier 1 (Lisbon) 1997
America
Argentina 7sDefeated in quarter finals in Rugby World Cup 7s - Qualifier 3 (Punta del Este) 1997
Canada 7sDefeated in quarter finals in Rugby World Cup 7s - Qualifier 1 (Lisbon) 1997
United States 7sDefeated in quarter finals in Rugby World Cup 7s - Qualifier 2 (Dubai) 1997
Asia
Hong Kong 7sHost nation
Japan 7sDefeated in semifinals in Rugby World Cup 7s - Qualifier 3 (Punta del Este) 1997
South Korea 7sDefeated in semifinals in Rugby World Cup 7s - Qualifier 1 (Lisbon) 1997
Europe
England 7sWinner in Rugby World Cup 7s 1993
France 7sWinner in Rugby World Cup 7s - Qualifier 3 (Punta del Este) 1997
Spain 7sFinalist in Rugby World Cup 7s - Qualifier 1 (Lisbon) 1997
Ireland 7sDefeated in semifinals in Rugby World Cup 7s - Qualifier 1 (Lisbon) 1997
Wales 7sDefeated in semifinals in Rugby World Cup 7s - Qualifier 2 (Dubai) 1997
Portugal 7sDefeated in quarter finals in Rugby World Cup 7s - Qualifier 1 (Lisbon) 1997
Romania 7s
Scotland 7sDefeated in quarter finals in Rugby World Cup 7s - Qualifier 2 (Dubai) 1997
Oceania
Australia 7sFinalist in Rugby World Cup 7s 1993
Fiji 7sWinner in Rugby World Cup 7s - Qualifier 2 (Dubai) 1997
New Zealand 7sWinner in Rugby World Cup 7s - Qualifier 1 (Lisbon) 1997
Samoa 7sFinalist in Rugby World Cup 7s - Qualifier 3 (Punta del Este) 1997
Cook Islands 7sDefeated in semifinals in Rugby World Cup 7s - Qualifier 3 (Punta del Este) 1997
Tonga 7sDefeated in semifinals in Rugby World Cup 7s - Qualifier 2 (Dubai) 1997

First phase
Poule A
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiff
1England 7s62200591940Qualified to 2nd phase
2Zimbabwe 7s42101493316
3Canada 7s220021975-56

Matches
First phase
21/03/1997England 7s - Canada 7s33-12
21/03/1997Zimbabwe 7s - Canada 7s42-7
21/03/1997England 7s - Zimbabwe 7s26-7

Poule B
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiff
1Australia 7s52110572631Qualified to 2nd phase
2Scotland 7s52110453312
3Romania 7s220022164-43

Matches
First phase
21/03/1997Australia 7s - Scotland 7s19-19
21/03/1997Scotland 7s - Romania 7s26-14
21/03/1997Australia 7s - Romania 7s38-7

Poule C
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiff
1New Zealand 7s62200682147Qualified to 2nd phase
2Tonga 7s42101422814
3Japan 7s220022182-61

Matches
First phase
21/03/1997New Zealand 7s - Japan 7s47-14
21/03/1997Tonga 7s - Japan 7s35-7
21/03/1997New Zealand 7s - Tonga 7s21-7

Poule D
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiff
1Fiji 7s622001040104Qualified to 2nd phase
2Hong Kong 7s421013357-24
3Portugal 7s220021292-80

Matches
First phase
21/03/1997Fiji 7s - Portugal 7s59-0
21/03/1997Hong Kong 7s - Portugal 7s33-12
21/03/1997Fiji 7s - Hong Kong 7s45-0

Poule E
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiff
1France 7s62200731063Qualified to 2nd phase
2United States 7s421013842-4
3South Korea 7s220021271-59

Matches
First phase
21/03/1997France 7s - United States 7s35-5
21/03/1997United States 7s - South Korea 7s33-7
21/03/1997France 7s - South Korea 7s38-5

Poule F
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiff
1Spain 7s62200571740Qualified to 2nd phase
2Cook Islands 7s421014348-5
3Morocco 7s220022257-35

Matches
First phase
21/03/1997Spain 7s - Morocco 7s26-5
21/03/1997Cook Islands 7s - Morocco 7s31-17
21/03/1997Spain 7s - Cook Islands 7s31-12

Poule G
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiff
1South Africa 7s62200831271Qualified to 2nd phase
2Argentina 7s421013867-29
3Ireland 7s220022769-42

Matches
First phase
21/03/1997South Africa 7s - Argentina 7s45-7
21/03/1997Argentina 7s - Ireland 7s31-22
21/03/1997South Africa 7s - Ireland 7s38-5

Poule H
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiff
1Samoa 7s62200742945Qualified to 2nd phase
2Wales 7s320113638-2
3Namibia 7s320111760-43

Matches
First phase
21/03/1997Samoa 7s - Namibia 7s48-5
21/03/1997Wales 7s - Namibia 7s12-12
21/03/1997Samoa 7s - Wales 7s26-24

Second phase
Second phase - Poule A
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiff
1Fiji 7s622001010101Qualified to quarter finals
2Wales 7s4210140400Qualified for Plate
3Namibia 7s220025106-101Qualified for Bowl

Matches
Second phase
22/03/1997Fiji 7s - Namibia 7s66-0
22/03/1997Wales 7s - Namibia 7s40-5
22/03/1997Fiji 7s - Wales 7s35-0

Second phase - Poule B
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiff
1South Africa 7s62200631251Qualified to quarter finals
2Hong Kong 7s421013134-3Qualified for Plate
3Ireland 7s220021260-48Qualified for Bowl

Matches
Second phase
22/03/1997South Africa 7s - Ireland 7s34-7
22/03/1997Hong Kong 7s - Ireland 7s26-5
22/03/1997South Africa 7s - Hong Kong 7s29-5

Second phase - Poule C
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiff
1Samoa 7s62200701258Qualified to quarter finals
2Argentina 7s42101453510Qualified for Plate
3Morocco 7s22002775-68Qualified for Bowl

Matches
Second phase
22/03/1997Samoa 7s - Morocco 7s42-0
22/03/1997Argentina 7s - Morocco 7s33-7
22/03/1997Samoa 7s - Argentina 7s28-12

Second phase - Poule D
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiff
1France 7s6220073766Qualified to quarter finals
2Romania 7s421011745-28Qualified for Plate
3United States 7s220021957-38Qualified for Bowl

Matches
Second phase
22/03/1997France 7s - Romania 7s33-0
22/03/1997Romania 7s - United States 7s17-12
22/03/1997France 7s - United States 7s40-7

Second phase - Poule E
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiff
1New Zealand 7s6220078573Qualified to quarter finals
2Tonga 7s421014057-17Qualified for Plate
3Japan 7s220022682-56Qualified for Bowl

Matches
Second phase
22/03/1997New Zealand 7s - Japan 7s47-0
22/03/1997Tonga 7s - Japan 7s35-26
22/03/1997New Zealand 7s - Tonga 7s31-5

Second phase - Poule F
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiff
1England 7s62200591742Qualified to quarter finals
2Cook Islands 7s421011529-14Qualified for Plate
3Canada 7s22002735-28Qualified for Bowl

Matches
Second phase
22/03/1997England 7s - Canada 7s30-7
22/03/1997Cook Islands 7s - Canada 7s5-0
22/03/1997England 7s - Cook Islands 7s29-10

Second phase - Poule G
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiff
1South Korea 7s52110332211Qualified to quarter finals
2Spain 7s5211031247Qualified for Plate
3Zimbabwe 7s220022240-18Qualified for Bowl

Matches
Second phase
22/03/1997Spain 7s - South Korea 7s12-12
22/03/1997South Korea 7s - Zimbabwe 7s21-10
22/03/1997Spain 7s - Zimbabwe 7s19-12

Second phase - Poule H
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiff
1Australia 7s62200572631Qualified to quarter finals
2Scotland 7s4210147389Qualified for Plate
3Portugal 7s220021454-40Qualified for Bowl

Matches
Second phase
22/03/1997Australia 7s - Portugal 7s26-7
22/03/1997Scotland 7s - Portugal 7s28-7
22/03/1997Australia 7s - Scotland 7s31-19

Cup
Quarter finalsSemifinalsFinal
Fiji 7s
3/23/1997 - 56-0Fiji 7s
3/23/1997 - 38-14
South Korea 7sFiji 7s
Samoa 7s3/23/1997 - 24-21
3/23/1997 - 21-5
Samoa 7s
England 7sFiji 7s
South Africa 7s
3/23/1997 - 19-14South Africa 7s
3/23/1997 - 31-7
France 7s
New Zealand 7sSouth Africa 7s
3/23/1997 - 38-5
New Zealand 7s
Australia 7s

Plate
Plate quarter finalsPlate SemifinalsPlate Final
Tonga 7s
3/23/1997 - 26-12Tonga 7s
3/23/1997 - 43-10
Wales 7sTonga 7s
Cook Islands 7s3/23/1997 - 40-19
3/23/1997 - 36-0
Cook Islands 7s
Spain 7sTonga 7s
Hong Kong 7s
3/23/1997 - 26-5Hong Kong 7s
3/23/1997 - 43-7
Argentina 7s
Scotland 7sHong Kong 7s
3/23/1997 - 43-19
Scotland 7s
Romania 7s

Bowl
Bowl quarter finalsBowl semifinalsBowl final
United States 7s
3/23/1997 - 24-21United States 7s
3/23/1997 - 24-0
Canada 7sUnited States 7s
Morocco 7s3/23/1997 - 40-28
3/23/1997 - 19-12
Morocco 7s
Zimbabwe 7sUnited States 7s
Japan 7s
3/23/1997 - 24-22Japan 7s
3/23/1997 - 24-22
Namibia 7s
Ireland 7sJapan 7s
3/23/1997 - 33-5
Ireland 7s
Portugal 7s