2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens

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2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens
كأس العالم للرجبي 2009 السبعات
Tournament details
Host nationFlag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates
DatesMarch 5 – March 7
No. of nations
  • 24 (men)
  • 16 (women)
Champions  Gold medal blank.svg Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales (men)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia (women)
2005
2013

The 2009 Rugby Sevens World Cup was the fifth edition of the Rugby World Cup Sevens. The International Rugby Board (IRB) selected Dubai in the United Arab Emirates as the host venue for the tournament ahead of bids from four other countries. [1] The format included nine direct qualifiers and a further fifteen qualifiers from all six regions defined by the IRB. A women's version of the world cup was also held alongside the men's tournament for the first time and featured sixteen teams. [2] The men's cup was won by Wales, with the women's cup going to Australia.

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The men's teams of Fiji, New Zealand and Australia, who entered the semi-finals in the two previous editions, failed to do so in 2009: the former were defeated by quarter-finals Kenya and Wales respectively, whereas Australia lost two of the three matches in the pool stage and did not advance to quarter-finals.

Wales, which had never reached quarter-finals in the previous editions of the World Cup, beat Samoa in semi-finals and Argentina in the final to win the tournament. Kenya had never reached the Cup or Plate stages before, but shared 3rd place in 2009.

Bids

A record seven countries originally expressed interest in hosting the tournament however, only five officially submitted bids for hosting rights after Kenya and South Africa withdrew from the bidding process. [3] The United Arab Emirates, Australia, the Netherlands, Russia and the United States were the five candidates. The voting process consisted of two rounds. No clear majority was reached in the first round and therefore the top two, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Australia, progressed to a second round, with the IRB subsequently selecting the UAE as the host union. [4] The IRB cited the provision of a new purpose built stadium, the recent success of the Dubai Sevens tournament and the Under 19 Rugby World Championship as strong factors in their decision to select the Arabian Gulf RFU as the host union. The event was the first major rugby tournament to be held in the Middle East.

Qualification

Men

24 Teams took part in this tournament

AfricaNorth America/
Caribbean
South AmericaAsiaEuropeOceania
Automatic qualification
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina GCC Flag.svg Arabian Gulf (host)Flag of England.svg  England
Flag of France.svg  France
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji (holders)
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Regional qualifiers
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia
IRFU flag.svg  Ireland
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales
Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga

Women

16 Teams took part in this tournament

AfricaNorth America/
Caribbean
South AmericaAsiaEuropeOceania
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
Flag of Uganda.svg  Uganda
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand
Flag of England.svg  England
Flag of France.svg  France
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand

Men's Tournament

Women's Tournament

Trophy Overview

Men'sWomen's
ChampionsRunner-upChampionsRunner-up
Cup Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Plate Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of England.svg  England Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Bowl Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe IRFU flag.svg  Ireland Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil

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