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Commonwealth Games

Rugby Sevens first appeared in the Commonwealth Games in 1998 and its success lead directly to the inclusion of sevens in other multi-sport Games, including the Olympics from 2016.

But, unlike other Games, a women’s tournament was not included as the original purpose for adopting sevens into the Commonwealth Games was to provide a men’s sport to balance the women’s sport of netball. However, the success of the Australian women’s team resulted in pressure to include a women’s event at this, Australia’s home Commonwealth Games – and future Games.