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The Hong Kong Sevens Tournament in April 1990 represented a watershed moment when the IRB (renamed World Rugby) announced it would schedule the first Sevens World Cup in 1993. That event would take place in Scotland, the birthplace of seven-a-side rugby in Melrose on the Scottish border. The Sevens World Cup would be played every four-years following the same pattern as the Rugby World Cup. The Scottish debut would be played at Murryfield wirth 24-nations represented.
After 15-years of spirited play, Hong Kong Sevens proved to be a spectacular sporting tournament, not only as a successful rugby event but also as an expansive and welcoming gathering of nations and clubs, all participating in the faster version of the sport. In essence, Hong Kong showcased sevens, proving it was a form of rugby with great fan appeal.
The IRB endorsement ended forever the mostly Home Countries' resistance to sending national sides to the spring Hong Kong tournament.
The results of 1990 witnessed Fiji win 22-10 against reigning champion New Zealand. Waisale Serevi won the event's MVP for the second consecutive year. Down ten points, Fiji rallied off of a wonder try by Tomasi Cama that electrified the crowd of 30,000 spectators. The score is often regarded as the "Best Sevens Rugby Try Ever" and can be seen on You Tube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYa0XZeaxPY. (This was before the Baker/Isles tries of the past few years.)
The USA posted a 2-2 record, losing to Fiji 28-6 in Pool Play and beating Thailand 18-12 to advance to the Plate. Here, they beat the Soviet Union 30-4 in the first match, and lost to Hong Kong 16-6 in the quarter finals.
The heading in Rugby Magazine trumpeted, "FIJI BEATS NZ FOR 1990 WORLD 7S TITLE."
The World title would migrate in two-years to the first Sevens World Cup in 1993. Hong Kong would become one of the ten stops on World Rugby’s sevens circuit. The tournament could boast with justification that it's popularity moved sevens rugby from the shadows into the global limelight, and, 26-years later, into the Olympics.