Oldest Sevens tournaments in the world

By Nation:

First: Scotland; Melrose [28 April 1883]

Second: England; Chorley [30 July 1888]

Third: New Zealand; Dunedin [28 September 1889]

Fourth: Australia; Rockhampton [4 July 1891]

Fifth: Ireland; Belfast [30 April 1921]

Sixth: Argentina;Buenos Aires [9 July 1921]

By tournament:

1883 Melrose [28 April]
1884 Gala [12 April]
1884 Selkirk Cricket Club [17 May]
1885 Hawick and Wilton [25 April]
1886 Hawick [3 April]
1886 Langholm [16 October]
1888 Gala Thistle [2 January]
1888 Chorley [30 July] (England)
1889 Aberdeen F.C.* [15 June]
1889 Dunedin Charity Tournament [28 September] (New Zealand)
1890 Aberdeen University [23-24 May]
1891 Rockhampton (CQRU) [4 July] (Australia)
1891 Selkirk [9 October]
1893 Christchurch tournament [16 September] (New Zealand)
1894 Nelson Charity Tournament [23 May] (New Zealand)
1895 Jedburgh Boys Brigade [4 May]
1896 Edinburgh St. George [30 May]
1896 Border Athletics [19 September]
1897 Hawick Trinity Union [27 March]
1898 Glasgow University [2 April]
1901 Morningside [6 April]
1901 Dundee HSFP [11 May]
1901 St. Bernards F.C. [13 July]
1908 Glasgow Academicals [11 April]
1909 Edinburgh Institution F.P. [3 April]
1910 Newington [2 April]
1911 Walkerburn [6 May]
1914 Edinburgh Insurance [4 April]

The list may be subject to change if more rugby union sevens tournaments are discovered. All tournaments in Scotland, unless noted.

The spread of Sevens; Scotland to:

England Ireland Netherlands
New Zealand Argentina Jamaica
Australia Wales U.S.A.

* This early football club merged with Orion F.C. and Victoria Utd in 1903 to form today’s Aberdeen F.C.

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