2022-23 Season Sevens Calendar

16 July 2022 – Caledonia North Sevens
16 July 2022 – Ross Sutherland Sevens
5-7 August 2022 – Dundee City Sevens
6 August 2022 – Peebles Sevens
9 August 2022 – John Laing Sevens
13 August 2022 – Hawick Sevens
20 August 2022 – Gala Sevens
20 August 2022 – Sam Lobban Trophy
1 April 2023 – St. Andrews University Sevens
5 April 2023 – Scottish University Sevens (Sauventus)
7-8 April 2023 – Melrose Sevens
8 April 2023 – Portobello Sevens
15 April 2023 – Edinburgh Northern Sevens
15 April 2023 – North Berwick Sevens
16 April 2023 – Berwick Sevens
22 April 2023 – Broughton Sevens
22 April 2023 – Langholm Sevens
22 April 2023 – Penicuik Sevens
22 April 2023 – Selkirk Youth Sevens
23 April 2023 – Young Farmers Club Sevens (Dumfries and Galloway)
29 April 2023 – Crieff Sevens
29 April 2023 – Haddington Sevens [now cancelled]
29 April 2023 – Jed Thistle Sevens
29 April 2023 – Kelso Sevens
29 April 2023 – Leith Sevens
30 April 2023 – Earlston Sevens
6 May 2023 – Arran Sevens
6 May 2023 – Howe of Fife Sevens
6 May 2023 – Musselburgh Sevens
6 May 2023 – Perth Sevens
7 May 2023 – Young Farmers Club Sevens (National)
13 May 2023 – Aberdeen University Sevens
13 May 2023 – Jedforest Sevens
13 May 2023 – Walkerburn Sevens
20 May 2023 – Biggar Sevens
20 May 2023 – Mull Sevens
20 May 2023 – Selkirk Sevens
20 May 2023 – West of Scotland Sevens
27 May 2023 – Currie Sevens
27 May 2023 – Glasgow University Sevens
27 May 2023 – Lomond Helensburgh Sevens
3 June 2023 – Rugby People Sevens (@Cartha Queens Park)
9-11 June 2023 – Shetland Sevens
10 June 2023 – Rugby People Sevens (@Stewartry)
17 June 2023 – Rugby People Sevens (@Redford Barracks, Edinburgh)
17-18 June 2023 – Edinburgh City Sevens

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Scotland to Malawi: the spread of Sevens

1948 Leslie Sevens

The list may be subject to change if more rugby union sevens tournaments are discovered.

British Empire and Nyasaland

It should come as no surprise that rugby union was introduced to Malawi in the days of a British empire. Under colonial rule the country was known as Nyasaland.

The Nyasaland Rugby Union began in 1922. The domestic league, the Grainger Cup, began in 1946.

Leslie Sevens

Rugby sevens was introduced to Malawi by Wilfred John Leslie (1890-1952), who went to Nyasaland with the Imperial Tobacco Company. He became an auditor and businessman. Leslie was born in Arbroath, but was schooled in Watson’s College in Edinburgh.

Leslie took the Sevens game into the Blantyre Sports Club; and the Leslie Sevens was played from 1948.

Wilfrid John Leslie

Scotland to Sri Lanka: the spread of Sevens

1999 Singer Sri Lankan Sevens
2011 Carlton Super Sevens

The list may be subject to change if more rugby union sevens tournaments are discovered.

Sri Lanka and the British empire

It should come as no surprise that Sri Lanka’s links to rugby union date back to the days of the British Empire, when the country was instead known as Ceylon before its independence.

A Scotsman from Kincardineshire, James Taylor (born 29th of May 1835 – died 2 May 1892), arrived in Sri Lanka in 1852. At this time the economy of the country was more geared to coffee. Taylor began the country’s first tea estate in 1867. This was the 19 acre Loolecondera Estate at Kandy. When a fungus damaged Sri Lanka’s coffee crops in 1869, Taylor was in prime position to benefit with his tea estate. This attracted other Scots to take up as tea planters there, later notably Thomas Lipton from Glasgow (Taylor and Lipton met in the 1890s and discussed the export of tea), and Sri Lanka became the largest exporter of tea in the world. The planters of these estates formed a rugby club Upcountry to play against the Colombo Football Club.


There are a huge amount of names now in Sri Lanka which derive from Scottish place names, as the Scottish tea planters named their estates from their home towns in Scotland. There are also a number of places in Colombo also named after Scottish places, due to the influence of the 2nd Governor of Ceylon, Thomas Maitland. Maitland was the son of the Earl of Lauderdale.

The Sri Lanka government nationalised the tea industry in 1971.

History or rugby union in Sri Lanka

The first rugby union side in Sri Lanka was the Colombo Football Club which was founded in 1879 and they played a ‘world’ team on 30 June that year. The Upcountry rugby club was formed that same year. Two other sports club set up rugby union branches the following year (1880): these were the Dickoya Maskeliya Cricket Club [originally formed 1868] and the Dimbula Athletic and Cricket Club [originally formed 1856].

Twentieth century impressions of Ceylon.

In 1879, the Colombo side played its first match with their rivals, the Upcountry side, and they played that match at Kandy on 27 September. The Field newspaper called the Scottish planters that formed the Upcountry rugby side to play against Colombo rugby club a ‘gathering of the clans’; and noted that after the match they sang ‘Auld Lang Syne’.

From the Field newspaper of 25 October 1879:

Football in Ceylon — Yes. my English reader, you may look astonished, but it is an undoubted fact that they play football in Ceylon. Rugby Union rules with the thermometer ranging from 80 degrees Fahrenheit to 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Colombo Football Club was started early this year, and numbers about thirty members, and once or twice a week in the evenings, all of Colombo turns out to witness the games which are contested with a spirit which would be more than creditable in the Old Country.
In Ceylon there is always a spirit of friendly rivalry between the Upcountry planters and Colombo, and no sooner was it noised abroad that the latter had a football club than there was a gathering of the clans in the different planting districts and a team was raised and sent down to play Colombo on their own ground.
The match resulted in the favour of Colombo by a goal and three tries. Not content with this, Upcountry challenged Colombo to play them in a return match in the more than beautiful little town of Kandy, which was eagerly accepted, and accordingly on the morning of Saturday, the 27th of September, the Colombo team left that city, and after a run by rail through seventy-two miles of perhaps the most perfect scenery of its sort in the world, up the celebrated incline, reached Kandy at eleven a.m.
Driving to the Queen’s Hotel, they received a welcome which you must come to Ceylon to see, and then a hearty breakfast was enjoyed together.
The match was played in the evening on the military parade ground which was kindly placed at the disposal of the clubs by our popular regiment, the 2nd Royal Madras Fusiliers; and there, at five p. m., were assembled all the elite of Kandy, and a large concourse of natives and soldiers, whose respective yells and cheers throughout the game testified to the interest they took in it.
Preliminaries were quickly settled, the Upcountry team having choice of goal, and Colombo kick off. At a few minutes past five the ball was launched into mid-air by Vandespar; it however was immediately brought into neutral ground, and for some five minutes scrimmage succeeded scrimmage.
It wan soon evident that the Upcountry had far the heavier lot and, notwithstanding the persistent efforts of the Colombo forwards, they were forced back into close proximity to their goal. Ogvilie for Upcountry, then got hold of the ball and running in, made a touch down for them. The goal was entrusted to Lewis, of Cambridge fame, to kick; but it was very hard one, and failed.
Vandespar now made a grand run for Colombo, and was collared close to the opposition goal. Eastly then got hold of it, and brought it right down again into Colombo’s quarters; and soon after another touch down was obtained for Upcountry by Bailey, but again failed to score.
Colombo, who had more practice than their heavier opponents and were working well together, now drove the bell into neutral ground, where some very fast play took place until half time was called. On changing goals, the game became very fast and furious, the backs on both sides working splendidly, but without result, until, within five minutes of time, Fasson dropped a goal for Upcountry in splendid style.
Nothing eventful occurred till time was called. Upcountry thus winning the game by one goal and two tries to nothing, after a most exciting and well fought game.
The two teams then retired to the pretty little Kandy Club, where brandy and sodas, iced bass and Heidseick Dry Monopole disappeared in an alarming manner. At eight o’clock they dined together at the town hall, where a sumptuous repast was indulged in, and the health of the Colombo and Upcountry teams, coupled with the names of their popular captains—Messrs Tatham and Macartney— were proposed and responded to in a manner which baffles description.
Songs were the order of the evening. and it was not till long after the “witching hour of night” that the party broke up to the ringing strains of “Auld Lang Syne” and thus ended a day will long be remembered in the annals of football in Ceylon.
Colombo – Bourchier (full back), Vandespar, Bradhurst (three-quarter backs), Liesching, Dean (quarter backs), Tatham, Davies, Plaxton, Townsend, Vane, Robins, Turner, Robertson, Weston, Galton (forwards).
Upcountry – Gaye (full back), Lewis, Farquharson (half backs), Verelst, Fasson (quarter backs), Marshall, Menzies, Macartney, Bailey, Spence, Ogilvie, Reims, Metcalfe, Dyer, Eastly (forwards).


The Ceylon Rugby Union was founded in 1908.

Singer Sir Lankan Sevens

This was an tournament for international teams. It was originally planned as a 125th anniversary event for the Kandy Sports Club. It had various sponsors, notably Singer.

Carlton Super Sevens

In 2011, this tournament featured 10 Sri Lankan sides: 9 provinces of Sri Lanka plus the Jaffna region.


Although out-of-scope for this site, Tens is another form of the abbreviated rugby union game which is also very popular in Scotland.

Tens is a popular rugby union game in south-east Asia coming to prominence there in the 1960s, but has been played in Australia, New Zealand and Scotland much earlier.


A ten-a-side match was reported in The Northern Mining Register newspaper on 8 August 1891. This match took place in Charter Towers, Queensland. It was a training match on the Athletic Reserve and two ten-a-side teams were picked.

The newspaper reported:

With only ten men a side and a heavy ground to play on, the game was of course not a fair reflection of rugby union football but the practice no doubt served to help keep the men in condition for the return match at Townsville on the 15th. It is to be hoped that full teams will muster on Thursday next, as without constant practice they may find Townsville turn the tables.

New Zealand

It has been played in New Zealand since the 1920s:




Stirling High School – 17 June 1941


Hawick Trades trials – 1 September 1951


Various clubs run Tens tournaments in Scotland:

Clydebank RFC
Montrose and District RFC
Blairgowrie RFC

Short-sided games

Outwith Sevens, the concept of short-sided rugby matches also began in Scotland. With these short-sided matches, was the introduction of the collective passing rugby union game.

1872 Loretto School, Musselburgh

At the time when rugby union matches were twenty-a-side, the Loretto School were playing eleven-a-side rugby with Edinburgh Academicals in 1872.

This is detailed in H. B. Tristram’s 1911 book ‘Loretto School’.

Hely Hutchinson Almond (1832-1903), headmaster of Loretto School, promoted the use of passing in rugby union to his students at the school. This was his attempt to try and out-think the opposition who would just rely on brute strength. Unfortunately for this rugby union pioneer, it took a good few years before his collectivism idea became accepted in Scotland.

These early short-sided eleven-a-side matches of the 1870s and possibly earlier, to focus on passing skills, unfortunately did not last as the Lorettonian students were not keen on the idea.

p. 153 of Tristram’s ‘Loretto School’ details that Hely Hutchinson Almond ‘urged on his boys in the sixties that if only they would pass constantly and systematically to each other, they would baffle any side unaccustomed to such tactics.’ His boys’ answer was that they did not want to try it because – it would look like ‘funking.’

Problems with 20-a-side and moving to fewer players

So, despite Almond’s tinkering, there remained systemic problems with the 20-a-side model that rugby union used at the time.

The main problem for rugby union was that it was difficult for clubs to field a large amount of players. And even when they could, the sheer number of players on the field from both sides meant that scoring was kept to a minimum.

For example, aside from the first season in 1872-73, every match between Glasgow District and Edinburgh District was a draw until the 20-a-side numbers requirement finally dropped to 15-a-side in 1876. Every match between those dates ended a 0-0 draw, with a solitary pointless try (tries only allowed a scoring opportunity at the time) in January 1874. The lack of scoring did nothing to promote the game with players or spectators.

The Wanderers from Greenock switched to association football in 1874 as it could not commit the twenty players for rugby union. They only switched back to rugby union later when the association club was effectively taken over by a rugby union club – Greenock West End – that wanted their ground.

The switch to fifteen a side in 1876 helped the game recover in Scotland against association football which was swiftly gaining popularity with the modern Scotch Professor passing game being exported worldwide.

However even in association football, they were experimenting with four-a-side football; and occasionally five-a-side football in Scotland.

Short-handed games were not new. For rugby union, it was left to Melrose’s Ned Haig and David Sanderson to fix the standard Sevens format that is now played the world over.

England and the move to Rugby League

In England, short handed rugby games were linked with rugby league and a move to professionalism. It was obviously easier to pay fewer players if the teams needed a smaller contingent on the pitch.

The Dewsbury Athletic and Football club played a six-a-side tournament in 1879. It was reported in the Huddersfield Daily Chronicle of 26 May 1879, having taken place on the Saturday 24 May 1879.


It was not repeated in the following year.


However another Dewsbury club did play a six-a-side tournament in 1880. The Dewsbury Shamrock Cricket and Football club played a six-a-side tournament on 15 May 1880.


Batley Mountaineers Football Club intended on a six-a-side tournament on 15 May 1880.


However there are no reports of the Batley tournament going ahead; and it is assumed that the Batley club could not get sufficient numbers with the nearby Dewsbury Shamrock club tournament taking place the same day.

The English Rugby Union were not in favour of these short-handed games. They viewed them as a backdoor to professionalism. This did happen later in the north of England when Rugby League began, and their team numbers were cut from fifteen to thirteen.

Collectivism and the passing game in Scotland

In Scotland, however, both the clubs and the Scottish Rugby Union saw the value of Sevens. This even lead to the rugby union Tens format also starting.

The Dundee Evening Telegraph of 8 December 1885 notes an eight-a-side match between Dundee HSFP and Newport RFC on 5 December 1885.


At the late nineteenth century, eventually the collectivism espoused by Hely Hutchinson Almond in the 1860s and 1870s began to bear fruit in Scotland in its rugby union.

The Scottish Referee newspaper of 18 October 1895 noted that rugby union was prospering in Glasgow with various teams like Clydesdale, Kelvinside Academicals and Greenock Wanderers displacing Glasgow’s old guard teams of West of Scotland, Glasgow University and Glasgow Academicals. It notes that Glasgow HSFP and Partickhill RFC are also rising clubs.

The paper singles out the West of Scotland club for criticism: they were still using the old individualist methods, even bringing in stars from elsewhere to try and maintain individualism, rather than use the new collective passing game.

It states:

The West of Scotland have themselves to blame for the retrograde movement. They have ever relied on individualism rather than collectivism, and would rather give a stranger a place in their team than elevate one of the juniors.


In 1898, one of Glasgow’s old guard, Glasgow University formed its own Sevens tournament, playing at Gilmorehill.

Almond was a legend of Scottish rugby union. He was one of the umpires in the first international rugby union match between Scotland and England in 1871. He supported the founding of the SRU in 1873.

Not only that but for his achievements in rugby:- the pioneer of short-sided matches; the pioneer of the collective passing game in rugby union; he also made Loretto School a famous rugby nursery for players. Almond was nominated to the IRB’s Hall of Fame in 2007. He was not inducted.

Scotland to Chile: the spread of Sevens

By tournament:

1945 Country Club Sevens [9 September]

The list may be subject to change if more rugby union sevens tournaments are discovered.

History of rugby union in Chile

Rugby union was brought to Chile in the late 19th century; with notable bases in Santiago and Valparaíso. These two cities had a large Scottish expatriate base which helped grow not only rugby union but association football in the county.


Initially rugby union in Chile was largely an expatriate game and a base developed around three expatriate schools in the country. (These were:- the Mackay School of Valparaíso; the Craighouse School of Santiago; and the Grange School of Santiago. Their rugby union Former Pupils sides were formed later timeously with the impact of the Campbell brothers (discussed below). The Old Grangonian Club was founded in 1938; the Old Mackayans founded in 1952; and Craighouse Old Boys in 1972.)

The earliest of these schools was The Mackay School founded in 1857. Founded by a Glasgow teacher Peter Mackay, later aided by George Sutherland of Edinburgh, this school provided education for the children of many Scottish workers in the city of Valparaíso.

Sports clubs

Early rugby union sides in Chile were derived from 4 sports clubs. These sports clubs were more notable for association football and some later dropped the other sports. The earliest of these four clubs, Badminton, was from Valparaíso.

The Badminton Club of Valparaíso was founded in 1898. It played many sports including rugby union, but more notably football. Its football team packed with Scots first played a similar expatriate side Victoria Rangers of Valparaiso.

The Green Cross club was founded in 1915 in Santiago. It played many sports including rugby union, but again more notably football. The football club suffered an unfortunate plane crash in 1961 in the Andes. The side is now defunct; it moved out of Santiago to Temuco to merge with Deportes Temuco; and the football side now bears the Deportes Temuco name.

The Prince of Wales Country Club was founded in 1925. Originally based in Tobalala, it moved to Santiago. The club played many sports including rugby union. The club won the inaugural Chilean rugby championship in 1948. This rugby club was notable for the Campbell brothers. The PWCC rugby players take to the pitch to the sounds of the Santiago Metropolitan Pipe Band: bagpipes, drums and traditional Scottish dance tunes.

Stade Francais began in 1929. Two clubs the French Lawn Tennis club (founded in 1917) and Sport Francais merged that year to found the club. It initially focussed on tennis, with a rugby union club the following year in 1930.

Valparaíso and the Argentine tour

When the Argentina team first went abroad in 1936 it was first to Chile and the city of Valparaíso. The 4 Sports Clubs mentioned above still had rugby union sides at this time; and Valparaíso, the historic base of rugby union in Chile, would provide the highest attendance of the Argentine tour.

The Chile national team selected on 20 September 1936 to play them was loaded with Scottish surnames:- Watson, Gordon, Kinnear, Cooper, Wylie and McIntosh.

Chileans in those years suffered from a lack of competition, which was generally reflected on the pitch. There were only 4 rugby clubs in Chile, namely: Badminton de Valparaíso and three clubs from Santiago: the Prince of Wales Country Club, Stade Français and Green Cross. The main leaders of the Chilean Rugby Union (today called the Chilean Rugby Federation) were David Blair (President) and JG Hopkins (Secretary, treasurer, captain of the national team and one of the best players on the trans-Andean team).


The Argentine tour lasted 3 matches. Argentina won all the matches handsomely. The first and last matches [against the Chile national side] were played in Valparaíso at the Playa Ancha stadium, with the middle match [against the Prince of Wales Country Club] played in Santiago at the Stade Francais stadium.

The Campbell Brothers

Not just in Valparaíso, but the Chilean capital Santiago also had a vibrant Scottish expatriate community; and one such Campbell family in Santiago provided stars of, first, association football and then, rugby union in the country.

Colin Campbell (20 February 1883 – 23 May 1972) played association football for both Argentina (1 cap in 1907) and Chile (4 caps in 1910).

Colin’s sons Donald Campbell (9 July 1919 – 12 September 1944) and Ian Campbell (born 15 May 1928) were born in Chile. They became stars of rugby union in the country. Ian began playing for his school St. Peters before moving on to play for Badminton of Valparaíso, before moving to Santiago. Both brothers played for the Prince of Wales Country Club and the Chile national side. The two brothers:- Donald, just before the Second World War; and Ian, after that war; helped cement rugby union in Chile. Ian Campbell even created a Chilean rugby union dynasty with his grandson Santiago Fuenzalida playing for Chile U20s. The Campbell brothers were inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame as the fathers of modern rugby union in Chile.

From The Times:

Two of the most celebrated figures in Chile’s oval ball annals are Donald and Ian Campbell, brothers of Scots descent who were born in Santiago and excelled in midfield for the land of their birth, to the extent that both were inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2012. Their father, Colin Campbell, was a Scottish-born emigrant who played football for Chile at the 1910 South American Championship.

Donald sadly perished while in service as an RAF pilot in Germany in 1944, but Ian is still going strong at 94 and is widely regarded as the father of Chilean rugby, having made his debut in their first post-war international and captained the side at the inaugural South American Championship in 1951.

And so, the appearance of a Scotland A team at the Estadio Santa-Laura Universidad SEK this weekend is at once representative of the breaking of new ground and a nod to history.

“The Campbells are the foundation stone on which we have built,” Edmundo Olfos, the former Chile captain who is now head coach of Chile sevens and a lineout/breakdown specialist with the 15-a-side team, told The Times. “We are a very young country in rugby but we have some history behind us and we need to do more with it.”


The late Donald Campbell and his brother Ian Campbell were inducted at into the IRB Hall of Fame in May 2012. Ian Campbell was present at the induction and Donald was represented by his son, Colin.

Ian Campbell, born 15 May 1928 in Santiago, was fly half, centre and captain of both the Santiago “Prince of Wales” Club and the Chile National team. He started playing rugby towards the end of the Secord World War at Saint Peter’s School in Valparaiso, following in the footsteps of older brother Donald, who also represented both sides with distinction.

Ian and Donald were of Scottish descent, the sons of Colin Campbell, businessman and amateur soccer player, who represented Chile in the 1910 Soccer South American Championship.

Donald Campbell made his debut against Argentina in Buenos-Aires in 1938 as  a fast and powerfully built centre. The match was Chile’s third international and he played once more for his country before volunteering to join the Royal Air Force as the Second World War took hold. Donald died in action in 1943, while his teenage brother Ian was cutting his teeth in the intensely competitive Santiago rugby scene.

By the end of the war the young Ian Campbell had established himself as an influential midfield playmaker and in 1948 he was selected to play for his country against Uruguay in what historically is regarded as the first match between the two South American neighbours and arch-rivals.

The match, played at the “Gimnasia & Esgrima” club at the Jorge Newbery rugby ground, was a curtain-raiser to the main attraction, the ‘test match’ between the visiting Oxford & Cambridge side and Argentina. It was a baptism of fire for the 20-year old, who never lost to Uruguay during his 15 year stint with the national team.

Second only to the Pumas 

In 1951 Campbell led Chile to a well-deserved second place in the first ever South American Championship at the very same “Gimnasia & Esgrima” rugby ground in Buenos Aires and Chile’s pluck and enterprise against hosts Argentina earned them fixtures against overseas visitors.

A year later Campbell played against the Irish captained by DJ O’Brien and in 1954 he led Chile against Paul Labadie’s French tourists. In 1956 Chile entertained Oxbridge in Santiago and then Campbell again led them to the runners-up spot in the 1958 South American Championship. It was a period of Chilean rugby that yielded regular victories over Uruguay and offered a stern test to the more heralded Argentinians.

In the third South American Championship in 1961, Campbell’s last year with the National team, Chile again finished runners-up to Argentina, losing 11-3 in a match some observers felt Chile could and should have won. Uncharacteristically, Campbell missed five penalties, which as he acknowledged, made the difference in the final. At the time, he was described as the most skilful player in South America and a brilliant leader of men.

Some felt Campbell’s international retirement was premature but he did carry on playing week-in-week-out for the “Prince of Wales CC” club he held so dear. He eventually retired in the mid-1970s and tried his hand at coaching but, to his own admission, it was playing the game that kept him going. He would describe himself as a compulsive rugby player so he carried on playing, well into his 50s and 60s, supported by his musician wife Betty. Their marriage produced six children, five daughters and one son and fifteen grandchildren, three of whom play rugby: Santiago Fuenzalida, Joaquin Rodriguez and the youngest Cristobal Fontecilla. Santiago Fuenzalida, the son of their second daughter Laraine, represented Chile in the recently concluded Junior World Rugby Trophy in Santiago.


Ian, who was eight years Donald’s junior, started playing senior rugby at 17 and played for Prince of Wales for nearly 30 years. Also a centre, he made his international debut at 20 in what was Chile’s first post-Second World War international, which was also its first ever clash with Uruguay, in 1948.

He was made captain of Chile at the inaugural South American Championship in 1951 and retired 10 years later, after 14 years of Test rugby. During the 1950s he was acknowledged by both team-mates and opponents alike as perhaps the most skilful player in South America and an outstanding leader of men.

Widely regarded as the father of modern Chilean rugby, Ian appeared in every international match the country played between 1948 and 1961. During that time, he played with distinction against some of the leading teams of the era, including the touring Irish in 1952, the French in 1954 and 1960 and Junior South Africans in 1959.

One of Ian’s grandsons, Santiago Fuenzalida, played for Chile Under 20 in the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy 2008 in Santiago but was tragically killed in a car crash later that year.

On his induction and that of his late brother, Ian Campbell said: “This is a huge honour for me and I couldn’t be more pleased at the fact that Donald has been included in this induction as well. He was my sporting hero. So much so that as a young boy all I wanted was to be able someday to play rugby, cricket or hockey (at all of which he excelled) with him when I grew up.”


Ian Campbell’s roll of honour:

Place of Birth: Valparaíso, Chile
Rugby Beginnings: Saint Peter’s School, Villa Alemana
Clubs: Badminton Sports Club; Prince of Wales Country Club (PWCC)
Foot: Ambidextrous
National Titles: 13, all with PWCC (1948, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1967, 1968, 1971)
First Division Debut: 1945 (15 years)
Retired: 1962 (international selection); 1971 (club)
Debut Chile XV: September 5, 1948
Chile 21-3 Uruguay, in Buenos Aires (first victory of the Cóndores against the Teros)
Caps : 13
Total points: 43
Tries: 9
Conversions: 2
Penalties: 4
Palmarés Chile: South American runner-up 1951, 1958 and 1961



It was the Prince of Wales Country Club that first organised the first Sevens tournament in Chile on 9 September.


• UC

• Stade Francais

• Grange School


• University of Chile

• Coyotes

• Old Grangonians

The Prince of Wales Country Club won the tournament defeating University of Chile 16-0 in the final.

National team

The Chile Sevens national side were first invited to a Sevens tournament in Paraná, Entre Ríos in Argentina in 1987.


Scotland to Namibia: the spread of Sevens

By tournament:

1987 Windhoek United Sevens

The list may be subject to change if more rugby union sevens tournaments are discovered.

Windhoek United Sevens

From The Official History of the Melrose Sevens by Walter Allan:

Its oldest sevens tournament, run by Windhoek United RFC is only seven years old. [Book published 1994]

Scotland to Romania: the spread of Sevens

By tournament:

1985 Bucharest Sevens

The list may be subject to change if more rugby union sevens tournaments are discovered.

Bucharest Sevens

From The Official History of the Melrose Sevens by Walter Allan:

The first sevens tournament to be held in Romania took place in Bucharest in 1985.