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Africa Women's Sevens

Africa Women's Sevens
Africa Women's Sevens logo 2018.png
SportRugby sevens
Founded2004
Countries10 (in 2018)
Most recent
champion(s)
 Kenya (2018)

The Africa Women's Sevens is the continental championship for women's international rugby sevens in Africa. The tournament sanctioned and sponsored by Rugby Africa (previously CAR) which is the rugby union governing body for the continent.

The first official regional 7s championship for international women's teams from Africa was held in Tunisia in 2004, although this only included teams from Northern Africa. The first World Cup Sevens qualifier for women's teams from Africa was held in Uganda in 2008. Since then, African championships have periodically served as pre-qualifying competitions for the Rugby 7s World Cup, or other sevens tournaments such as at the Summer Olympics.

Background

Rugby sevens — also known as 7-a-side, or 7s — is a short form of the sport of rugby union that was first played in 1883. The first (men's) internationals took place in 1973. As women's rugby union developed in the 1960s and 1970s the format became very popular as it allowed games, and entire leagues, to be developed in countries even when player numbers were small, and it remains the main form the women's game is played in most parts of the world.

However, although the first women's international rugby union 15-a-side test match took place in 1982, it was not until 1997 before the first women's international 7s tournaments were played, when the 1997 Hong Kong Sevens included a women's tournament for the first time. Over the next decade the number of tournaments grew, with almost every region developing regular championship competitions. This reached its zenith with 2009's inaugural women's tournament for the Rugby World Cup Sevens, shortly followed by the announcement that women's rugby sevens will be included in the Olympics from 2016.

Honours

Winners of continent-wide African Championship tournaments for national women's sevens teams:*

Year Location Winner Score Runner-up Refs
Rugby World Cup 7s qualifier
2008 Kampala, Uganda South Africa  24–0  Uganda
2012 Rabat, Morocco Tunisia  14–10  Kenya
Women's Sevens
2013 Tunis, Tunisia South Africa  29–5  Tunisia
2014 Machakos, Kenya South Africa  14–10  Kenya
2015 Kempton Park, South Africa South Africa  31–5  Kenya
2016 Harare, Zimbabwe South Africa  22–17  Kenya
2017 Monastir, Tunisia South Africa  17–12  Kenya
2018 Gaborone, Botswana Kenya  29–7  Uganda

* Note: Does not include regional competitions for Northern or Southern Africa, or tournaments including developmental sides or non-national teams.

The following are details of all regional women's international championships played in South America, listed chronologically with the earliest first, with all result details, where known (included are the CAR Women's Sevens and other official regional championships, e.g. CAR North and South tournaments).

2004 CAR Tournaments

CAR North Tournament 2004

Played in Tunisia.

Group Stage

GROUP A

Team Won Drawn Lost For Against
Tunisia 2 0 0 56 17
Béziers (FRA) 1 0 1 44 27
Malta 0 0 2 10 66
  • Tunisia 22-12 Béziers
  • Béziers 32-5 Malta
  • Tunisia 34-5 Malta

GROUP B

Team Won Drawn Lost For Against
Montpellier (FRA) 2 0 0 27 5
Tunisia Universities 1 0 1 10 20
Portugal 0 0 2 10 22
  • Montpellier 12-5 Portugal
  • Tunisia Universities 0-15 Montpellier
  • Tunisia Universities 10-5 Portugal

Classification Stage

Semi Finals

  • Tunisia 24-0 Tunisia Universities
  • Montpellier 7-5 Béziers

5th/6th Place

  • Portugal 29-0 Malta

3rd/4th Place

  • Tunisia Universities beat Béziers

Final

  • Tunisia 17-5 Montpellier

CAR South Tournament 2004

October 2004. Results not available. Rwanda and Burundi sent their national teams to play against club teams from Uganda and Kenya (inc. Thunderbirds A, B and C (Uganda), Mwamba (Kenya)). Thunderbirds from Uganda won the tournament.

2005 CAR Tournaments

CAR North Tournament 2005

Played in Tunisia. Montpellier known to have played.

CAR South Tournament 2005

Planned for Kampala, 5–6 November. The International Rugby Board (IRB) through the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) offered 10,000 US dollars towards the first African women's rugby tournament to be held in Uganda. However CAR did not release the money as promised so it was called off. CAR released the money the following year (2006) for the first CAR 7s tournament where Uganda, Uganda Select, Kenya, South Africa, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia and Zimbabwe participated

2006 CAR Tournaments

CAR North Tournament 2006

Played in Tunisia. Montpellier known to have played.

CAR South Tournament 2006

Played in Uganda.

CAR Tournament 2006

Venue/Date: Kyadondo Rugby Club, Kampala, Uganda, 24 June 2006 (Source CAR and Uganda Correspondent) Summarised

Pool Stages

POOL One

Nation Won Drawn Lost For Against
South Africa Emerging 3 0 0 62 5
Kenya 2 0 1 55 14
Zambia 1 0 2 21 48
Uganda Select 0 0 3 5 76
  • South Africa Emerging 26-0 Zambia
  • Kenya 33-0 Uganda Select
  • South Africa Emerging 22-5 Uganda Select
  • Kenya 22-0 Zambia
  • Zambia 21-0 Uganda Select
  • South Africa Emerging 14-0 Kenya

POOL Two

Nation Won Drawn Lost For Against
Uganda 3 0 0 134 5
Rwanda 2 0 1 71 24
Zimbabwe 1 0 2 15 79
Burundi 0 0 3 0 112
  • Uganda 24-5 Rwanda
  • Zimbabwe 15-0 Burundi
  • Uganda 56-0 Burundi
  • Zimbabwe 0-25 Rwanda
  • Rwanda 41-0 Burundi
  • Uganda 54-0 Zimbabwe

Classification Stages

Semi Finals Plate

  • Zambia 55-0 Burundi
  • Uganda Select 22-0 Zimbabwe

Semi Finals Cup

  • Emerging South Africa 48-0 Rwanda
  • Uganda 22-17 Kenya (sudden death aet)

Plate Final

  • Uganda Select 0-33 Zambia

1st/2nd Final

  • Uganda 7-15 Emerging South Africa

2007 CAR Tournaments

CAR North Tournament 2007

Date/Venue: Tunis, Tunisia, 9–10 March 2007 (Source Uganda Correspondent) Summarised

Matches

  • Tunisia 5-0 Arabian Gulf
  • Uganda 22-0 Ivory Coast
  • Tunisian Universities 5-5 Arabian Gulf
  • Tunisia 36-0 Ivory Coast
  • Uganda 5-0 Tunisian Universities
  • Tunisia 17-5 Tunisian Universities
  • Uganda 17-10 Arabian Gulf
  • Arabian Gulf beat Ivory Coast
  • Tunisian Universities beat Ivory Coast
  • Uganda 5-5 Tunisia

Final Placings

  • Champions Tunisia, Runners Up Uganda
  • 3rd Arabian Gulf, 4th Tunisian Universities, 5th Ivory Coast

CAR Tournament 2007

Date/Venue: Kyadondo Club, Kampala, Uganda, 16 June 2007 (Source CAR and Uganda correspondent) Summarised

Pool Stages

POOL One

Nation Won Drawn Lost For Against
Emerging South Africa 4 0 0 125 24
Kenya 3 0 1 98 38
Uganda Select 2 0 2 37 47
Zambia 1 0 3 90 41
Burundi 0 0 4 0 200
  • Emerging South Africa 14-12 Zambia
  • Kenya 57-0 Burundi
  • Emerging South Africa 28-0 Uganda Select
  • Kenya 17-14 Zambia
  • Emerging South Africa 59-0 Burundi
  • Zambia 7-10 Uganda Select
  • Kenya 12-0 Uganda Select
  • Zambia 57-0 Burundi
  • Burundi 0-27 Uganda Select
  • Emerging South Africa 24-12 Kenya

POOL Two

Nation Won Drawn Lost For Against
Uganda 4 0 0 129 10
Tunisia 3 0 1 109 27
Pretoria University 2 0 2 85 40
Zimbabwe 1 0 3 24 122
Rwanda 0 0 4 5 153
  • Uganda 44-0 Rwanda
  • Tunisia 14-10 Pretoria University
  • Uganda 42-0 Zimbabwe
  • Tunisia 47-0 Rwanda
  • Uganda 26-5 Pretoria University
  • Rwanda 5-24 Zimbabwe
  • Tunisia 43-0 Zimbabwe
  • Rwanda 0-38 Pretoria University
  • Pretoria University 32-0 Zimbabwe
  • Uganda 17-5 Tunisia

Classification Stages

Plate Semi Finals

  • Uganda Select 36-0 Zimbabwe
  • Pretoria University 5-26 Zambia

1st-4th Semi Finals

  • Uganda 14-0 Kenya
  • Emerging South Africa 34-0 Tunisia

Plate Final

  • Uganda Select 5-21 Zambia

1st/2nd Final

  • Uganda 7-20 Emerging South Africa

2008 CAR Tournament/World Cup qualifier

African Tournament 2008

Venue/Date: East London, South Africa, August 7–9, 2008.

  • Likely teams were South Africa, England, Canada, France, Australia, USA, New Zealand, Samoa, Wales, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Morocco, Zimbabwe, Tunisia and Zambia
  • This was cancelled three weeks before the event but has been left in as it signposts the future.

African World Cup Qualifier 2008 (incorporating CAR South Tournament)

Venue/Date: Kampala, Uganda on September 20 to September 21, 2008 with two teams to qualify for Dubai 2009.

Invitations were forwarded to the following countries:
South Africa
Kenya
Uganda
Côte d'Ivoire
Tunisia
Madagascar
Zimbabwe
Botswana
Nigeria
Zambia

  • Unions were asked to show that there are proper existing structures in place for Women’s Rugby and that they would be capable of fielding a competitive team in the tournament. In the end all but Nigeria entered (their reason for dropping out not known). Madagascar and Ivory Coast then withdrew and Uganda A came in to provide two even groups.
  • The schedule was 3 groups of 3, winners and best second into semi finals. This was then changed to 2 groups of 4.

Pool Stages

POOL A

Nation Won Drawn Lost For Against
South Africa 3 0 0 110 5
Kenya 2 0 1 42 55
Zambia 1 0 2 50 51
Uganda A 0 0 3 0 91
  • South Africa 43-0 Uganda A
  • Kenya 20-19 Zambia
  • South Africa 31-0 Zambia
  • Kenya 17-0 Uganda A
  • Uganda A 0-31 Zambia
  • South Africa 36-5 Kenya

POOL B

Nation Won Drawn Lost For Against
Tunisia 3 0 0 110 5
Uganda 2 0 1 81 12
Zimbabwe 1 0 2 24 83
Botswana 0 0 3 0 115
  • Uganda 30-0 Zimbabwe
  • Tunisia 45-0 Botswana
  • Uganda 46-0 Botswana
  • Tunisia 53-0 Zimbabwe
  • Zimbabwe 24-0 Botswana
  • Uganda 5-12 Tunisia

Classification Stages

Cup Semi Finals

Winners qualify for Dubai

  • South Africa 26-5 Kenya
  • Uganda 7-0 Tunisia

Bowl Semi Finals

  • Uganda A 10-26 Zambia
  • Zimbabwe 17-0 Botswana

Shield Final

  • Botswana 7-20 Uganda A

Bowl Final

  • Zambia 38-0 Zimbabwe

Plate Final

  • Kenya 15-14 Tunisia

Cup Final

  • South Africa 24-0 Uganda

2009 CAR Tournaments

CAR North West 2009

Venue/Date: 6–7 June 2009, Accra, Ghana. Ivory Coast were invited but did not attend.

Pool Stages

Pool A Ghana, Burkina Faso, Tunisia

  • Tunisia 34-0 Ghana
  • Tunisia bt Burkina Faso
  • Ghana bt Burkina Faso

Pool B Nigeria, Egypt, Togo, Morocco

  • Nigeria 5-5 Morocco
  • Nigeria 43-5 Togo
  • Nigeria 66-0 Egypt

Classification Stages

  • 5th Burkina Faso, 6th Togo, 7th Egypt

Semi Finals

  • Nigeria 17-0 Ghana
  • Tunisia 47-0 Morocco

3rd Place

  • Ghana 5-0 Morocco

Final

  • Tunisia 43-5 Nigeria

CAR Tournament 2009

Possibly 25–26 September 2009, Kampala, Uganda. Cancelled due to a lack of sponsorship

2010 CAR Tournaments

CAR North West 2010

28 & 29 May 2010. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso[1] Mali withdrew and were replaced by Burkina Faso

POOL A

Nation Won Drawn Lost For Against
Senegal 2 1 0 ? ?
Morocco 2 0 1 64 10
Ghana 1 1 1 ? ?
Togo 0 0 3 ? ?
  • Morocco 29-0 Togo
  • Morocco 28-0 Ghana
  • Senegal 10-7 Morocco
  • Senegal 5-5 Ghana
  • Senegal beat Togo
  • Ghana beat Togo

Semi-finals

  • Senegal 7-0 Burkina Faso
  • Tunisia 43-0 Morocco

Consolation semifinals

  • Ivory Coast beat Togo
  • Ghana beat Burkina Faso B

7th place final

  • Togo beat Burkina Faso B

POOL B

Nation Won Drawn Lost For Against
Tunisia 3 0 0 118 0
Burkina Faso A 2 0 1 ? ?
Ivory Coast 1 0 2 ? ?
Burkina Faso B 0 0 3 ? ?
  • Burkina Faso A 0-41 Tunisia
  • Ivory Coast A 0-40 Tunisia
  • Burkina Faso beat Ivory Coast
  • Burkina Faso B 0-37 Tunisia
  • Burkina Faso A beat Burkina Faso B
  • Burkina Faso B lost to Ivory Coast

5th place final

  • Ivory Coast beat Ghana

3rd place final

  • Morocco 12-0 Burkina Faso[2]

Final

  • Tunisia 50-0 Senegal

2011 CAR Tournaments

CAR North 2011

23–24 April 2011. Thies, Senegal[3]
Tournament semi-finalists will qualify for the 2012 African Sevens Championship, which will act as a qualifier for the 2013 World Cup. Nigeria withdrew at the last minute, Niger arrived with a team composed mainly by U18 girls and were excluded.

POOL A

Nation Won Drawn Lost For Against
Tunisia 2 2 0 66 0
Burkina Faso 1 0 1 20 31
Egypt 2 0 2 5 60
  • Tunisia 40-0 Egypt
  • Burkina Faso 20-5 Egypt
  • Tunisia 26-0 Burkina Faso

5th place

  • Cameroon 27-0 Egypt

Semi-finals

  • Senegal 24-0 Burkina Faso
  • Tunisia 24-0 Morocco

POOL B

Nation Won Drawn Lost For Against
Senegal 2 0 0 22 12
Morocco 1 0 1 17 10
Cameroon 0 0 2 7 24
  • Senegal 12-7 Cameroon
  • Morocco 12-0 Cameroon
  • Senegal 10-5 Morocco

3rd place

  • Morocco 19-5 Burkina Faso

Final

  • Senegal 0-5 Tunisia[4]

CAR South 2011

29–30 October 2011. Botswana[5]
Tournament semi-finalists will qualify for the 2012 African Sevens Championship, which will act as a qualifier for the 2013 World Cup

POOL A

Nation Won Drawn Lost For Against
South Africa 3 0 0 132 5
Zimbabwe 2 0 1 64 49
Zambia 1 0 2 32 53
Rwanda 0 0 3 0 111
  • South Africa 34-0 Zambia
  • Rwanda 0-40 Zimbabwe
  • South Africa 37-5 Zimbabwe
  • Rwanda 0-20 Zambia
  • Zambia 12-19 Zimbabwe
  • Rwanda 0-51 South Africa

Plate semi-finals

  • Botswana 5-19 Zambia
  • Madagascar 36-0 Rwanda

Plate final (5th/6th)

  • Madagascar 14-15 Zambia

7th/8th place

  • Botswana 24-0 Rwanda

POOL B

Nation Won Drawn Lost For Against
Uganda 3 0 0 51 12
Kenya 2 0 1 65 27
Madagascar 1 0 2 24 46
Botswana 0 0 3 7 62
  • Kenya 5-17 Uganda
  • Botswana 0-14 Madagascar
  • Kenya 29-10 Madagascar
  • Botswana 7-17 Uganda
  • Madagascar 0-17 Uganda
  • Botswana 0-31 Kenya

Semi-finals

  • Kenya 5-14 South Africa
  • Uganda 7-0 Zimbabwe

3rd place

  • Kenya 17-0 Zimbabwe

Final

  • South Africa 42-5 Uganda

African Championship/World Cup Qualifier 2012

29–30 September 2012. Rabat, Morocco
South Africa withdrew as they automatically qualified for the World Cup. Cameroon withdrew on the morning of the tournament. Tunisia qualify for the finals in Moscow.

POOL A

Nation Won Drawn Lost For Against
Kenya 3 0 0 77 5
Tunisia 2 0 1 73 7
Zambia 1 0 2 5 72
Morocco 0 0 3 0 71
  • Tunisia 36-0 Zambia
  • Kenya 34-0 Morocco
  • Kenya 36-0 Zambia
  • Tunisia 32-0 Morocco
  • Morocco 0-5 Zambia
  • Tunisia 5-7 Kenya

Plate semi-finals

  • Zimbabwe 5-0 Morocco
  • Zambia bye

Plate final (5th/6th)

  • Zambia 10-14 Zimbabwe

7th place

  • Morocco

POOL B

Nation Won Drawn Lost For Against
Uganda 2 0 0 34 5
Senegal 1 0 1 7 27
Zimbabwe 0 0 2 10 19
  • Senegal 7-5 Zimbabwe
  • Uganda 12-5 Zimbabwe
  • Uganda 22-0 Senegal

Semi-finals

  • Kenya 7-0 Senegal
  • Uganda 5-19 Tunisia

3rd place

  • Uganda 12-5 Senegal

Final

  • Tunisia 14-10 Kenya

African Championship 2013

20–21 April 2013. Tunis, Tunisia

POOL A

Nation Won Drawn Lost For Against
South Africa 2 0 0 63 0
Kenya 1 0 1 29 43
Senegal 0 0 2 7 56
  • South Africa 27-0 Senegal
  • Kenya 29-7 Senegal
  • South Africa 36-0 Kenya

Plate final (5th/6th)

  • Zimbabwe 19-0 Senegal

POOL B

Nation Won Drawn Lost For Against
Tunisia 2 0 0 29 5
Uganda 1 0 1 29 12
Zimbabwe 0 0 2 0 41
  • Tunisia 17-0 Zimbabwe
  • Uganda 24-0 Zimbabwe
  • Tunisia 12-5 Uganda

Semi-finals

  • South Africa 17-0 Uganda
  • Tunisia 15-7 Kenya

3rd place

  • Uganda 12-0 Kenya

Final

  • Tunisia 5-29 South Africa

African Championship 2014

12 April 2014. Machakos, Kenya

POOL A

Nation Won Drawn Lost For Against
South Africa 3 0 0 59 12
Kenya 2 0 1 58 35
Madagascar 1 0 2 45 57
Senegal 0 0 3 14 60
  • Senegal 14-19 Madagascar
  • Kenya 24-14 Madagascar
  • South Africa 19-0 Senegal
  • Kenya 22-0 Senegal
  • South Africa 19-12 Madagascar
  • South Africa 21-12 Kenya

Bowl Semi-finals

  • Namibia 0-40 Madagascar
  • Uganda 24-10 Senegal

Bowl final (5th/6th)

  • Madagascar 5-10 Uganda

Shield Final (7th/8th)

  • Namibia 0-33 Senegal

POOL B

Nation Won Drawn Lost For Against
Tunisia 3 0 0 64 7
Zimbabwe 2 0 1 43 26
Uganda 1 0 2 57 24
Namibia 0 0 3 0 107
  • Zimbabwe 33-0 Namibia
  • Uganda 45-0 Namibia
  • Tunisia 21-0 Zimbabwe
  • Uganda 5-10 Zimbabwe
  • Tunisia 29-0 Namibia
  • Tunisia 14-7 Uganda

Semi-finals

  • Tunisia 10-14 Kenya
  • South Africa 43-0 Zimbabwe

Plate final (3rd/4th)

  • Tunisia 31-0 Zimbabwe

Final

  • Kenya 0-15 South Africa

See also

Notes

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