History

A event becomes a tradition

More than 20,000 supporters from all over the globe made the inaugural 2017 Oktoberfest 7s Germany’s biggest rugby event ever. For the first time the world’s best Sevens national teams competed on German soil and showcased the fast-paced and hart-hitting Olympic sport in the Bavarian capital on the closing weekend of Oktoberfest.

Olympic Champions Fiji, the reigning World Series winners South Africa, as well as England, Argentina and France competed in Munich in September of 2017. To the surprise of many, the young Aussie team, led by debutant Maurice Longbottom, got the better of the world class field and outclassed Fiji 40-7 in a dominant final display.

Longbottom went on to become a star on the World Series, as did a whole host of other Oktoberfest debutants like South Africa’s Selvyn Davids, who has since grown to become one of the Blitzboks prime playmakers.

As much as there was plenty to see on the field at the first edition of the Oktoberfest 7s, the action off it wasn’t lacking. Whether in fancy dress on the legendary Party Stand, or with the whole family on the designated Family Stand: Supporters from all over the globe rocked the stands of the iconic Olympic Stadium and made the inaugural event a joyful celebration of rugby.

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