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2006–07 IRB Sevens World Series was the eighth of an annual series of rugby union sevens tournaments for full national sides run by the International Rugby Board since 1999–2000.

New Zealand won the 2006–07 series by winning the final tournament in Edinburgh. In that event, the then-defending series champions Fiji would have clinched the season crown by defeating Wales in the Cup quarterfinals. However, a Wales upset win opened the door for New Zealand to take the season crown by winning the Cup in Edinburgh, which they proceeded to do.

Sevens is a stripped-down version of rugby union, with seven players on each side rather than fifteen. Games are much shorter, seven or ten minutes each half, and tend to be very fast-paced, open affairs. Sevens is traditionally played in a two-day tournament format; however, the most famous event, the Hong Kong Sevens, is played over three days.

The tournaments span the globe:

2006–07 Itinerary
Leg Venue Date Winner
Dubai Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground December 1–2, 2006 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa
South Africa Outeniqua Park, George December 8–9, 2006 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand
New Zealand Westpac Stadium, Wellington February 2–3, 2007 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa
United States PETCO Park, San Diego, California February 10–11, 2007 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium March 30-April 1, 2007 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa
Australia Adelaide Oval, Adelaide April 7–8, 2007 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
London Twickenham May 26–27, 2007 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand
Scotland Murrayfield, Edinburgh June 2–3, 2007 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand

The Australia and Scotland events are new for 2006-07. The Australia event effectively replaces Singapore, and the Scotland event effectively replaces the Paris Sevens.

The seasonEdit

In a normal event, 16 teams are entered; in Hong Kong, 24 teams enter. In each tournament, the teams are divided into pools of four teams, who play a round-robin within the pool. Points are awarded in each pool on a different schedule from most rugby tournaments—3 for a win, 2 for a draw, 1 for a loss. The first tiebreaker is the head-to-head result between the tied teams, followed by difference in points scored during the tournament.

Four trophies are awarded in each tournament, except for Hong Kong. In descending order of prestige, they are the Cup, whose winner is the overall tournament champion, Plate, Bowl and Shield. In Hong Kong, the Shield is not awarded. Each trophy is awarded at the end of a knockout tournament.

In a normal event, the top two teams in each pool advance to the Cup competition. The four quarterfinal losers drop into the bracket for the Plate. The Bowl is contested by the third-place finishers in each pool, while the Shield is contested by the last-place teams from each pool.

In Hong Kong, the six pool winners, plus the two highest-finishing second-place teams, advance to the Cup. The Plate participants are the eight highest-ranked teams remaining, while the lowest eight drop to the Bowl.

Points scheduleEdit

The season championship is determined by points earned in each tournament. For most events, points are awarded on the following schedule:

  • Cup winner (1st place): 20 points
  • Cup runner-up: 16 points
  • Losing Cup semifinalists: 12 points
  • Plate winner (5th place): 8 points
  • Plate runner-up: 6 points
  • Losing Plate semifinalists: 4 points
  • Bowl winner (9th place): 2 points

Points are awarded on a different schedule for the Hong Kong Sevens:

  • Cup winner: 30 points
  • Cup runner-up: 24 points
  • Losing Cup semifinalists: 18 points
  • Losing Cup quarterfinalists: 8 points
  • Plate winner (9th place): 4 points
  • Plate runner-up: 3 points
  • Losing Plate semifinalists: 2 points
  • Bowl winner (17th place): 1 point

Final tableEdit

Pos. Country United Arab Emirates South Africa New Zealand United States Hong Kong Australia England Scotland Overall
1 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 16 20 12 12 18 12 20 20 130
2 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji 12 12 16 20 24 20 16 8 128
3 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 8 4 20 16 30 16 12 16 122
4 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 20 16 12 8 18 6 8 4 92
5 Flag of England.png England 12 12 8 4 8 4 2 2 52
6 Flag of Wales.png Wales 0 8 4 2 12 12 38
7 Flag of Australia.png Australia 4 2 0 4 8 8 6 0 32
8 Flag of France.png France 6 4 6 12 0 0 0 28
9 Flag of Scotland.png Scotland 0 0 0 6 8 4 4 4 26
10 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 2 0 2 0 3 4 12 23
11 Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya 0 0 4 0 0 12 0 6 22
12 Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga 0 2 8 0 10
13 Flag of Canada.jpg Canada 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 8
14 Flag of Tunisia.png Tunisia 0 6 0 6
15 Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
15 Flag of United States.png United States 0 0 2 2
17 Flag of Russia.png Russia 1 0 0 1

The eventsEdit

DubaiEdit

Main article: 2006 Dubai Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 31–12 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
Flag of England.png England
Plate Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 26–7 Flag of France.png France Flag of Canada.jpg Canada
Flag of Australia.png Australia
Bowl Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 26–7 Flag of Zimbabwe.png Zimbabwe Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal
Flag of Tunisia.png Tunisia
Shield Flag of Wales.png Wales 33–0 Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf Arabian Gulf Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya
Flag of Scotland.png Scotland

South AfricaEdit

Main article: 2006 South Africa Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 24–19 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
Flag of England.png England
Plate Flag of Wales.png Wales 26–7 Flag of Tunisia.png Tunisia Flag of France.png France
Flag of Samoa.png Samoa
Bowl Flag of Australia.png Australia 41–7 Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Flag of Canada.jpg Canada
Shield Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal 14–12 Flag of Zimbabwe.png Zimbabwe Flag of Scotland.png Scotland
Flag of Uganda.png Uganda

New ZealandEdit

Main article: 2007 Wellington Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 17–14 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand
Flag of South Africa.png South Africa
Plate Flag of England.png England 21–12 Flag of France.png France Flag of Canada.jpg Canada
Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya
Bowl Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 12–5 Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga Flag of Australia.png Australia
Flag of Cook Islands.png Cook Islands
Shield Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal 26–24 Flag of Scotland.png Scotland Flag of Papua New Guinea.png Papua New Guinea
Flag of United States.png United States

USAEdit

Main article: 2007 USA Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of Fiji.png Fiji 38–24 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa Flag of France.png France
Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand
Plate Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 28–19 Flag of Scotland.png Scotland Flag of Australia.png Australia
Flag of England.png England
Bowl Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga 22–17 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Flag of Canada.jpg Canada
Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya
Shield Flag of United States.png United States 26–5 Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal Flag of West Indies.png West Indies
Flag of Chile.png Chile

Hong KongEdit

Main article: 2007 Hong Kong Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists Quarter Finalists
Cup Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 27–22 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand
Flag of South Africa.png South Africa
Flag of Australia.png Australia
Flag of England.png England
Flag of Scotland.png Scotland
Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga
Plate Flag of Wales.png Wales 26–19 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal
Flag of United States.png United States
Flag of Canada.jpg Canada
Flag of Italy.png Italy
Flag of Hong Kong.png Hong Kong
Flag of Tunisia.png Tunisia
Bowl Flag of Russia.png Russia 21–7 Flag of France.png France Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya
Flag of Japan.png Japan
Flag of China.png China
Flag of Chinese Taipei.png Chinese Taipei
Flag of South Korea.png South Korea
Flag of Sri Lanka.png Sri Lanka

AustraliaEdit

Main article: 2007 Adelaide Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of Fiji.png Fiji 21–7 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya
Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand
Plate Flag of Australia.png Australia 31–0 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of England.png England
Flag of Scotland.png Scotland
Bowl Flag of Wales.png Wales 26–14 Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Flag of France.png France
Shield Flag of Canada.jpg Canada 43–17 Flag of Japan.png Japan Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal
Flag of Hong Kong.png Hong Kong

LondonEdit

Main article: 2007 London Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 29–7 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji Flag of Samoa.png Samoa
Flag of Wales.png Wales
Plate Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 14–5 Flag of Australia.png Australia Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Flag of Scotland.png Scotland
Bowl Flag of England.png England 26–14 Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal Flag of France.png France
Flag of Russia.png Russia
Shield Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya 15–0 Flag of Italy.png Italy Flag of Canada.jpg Canada
Flag of Georgia.png Georgia

ScotlandEdit

Main article: 2007 Edinburgh Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 34–5 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Flag of Wales.png Wales
Plate Flag of Fiji.png Fiji 31–7 Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya Flag of South Africa.png South Africa
Flag of Scotland.png Scotland
Bowl Flag of England.png England 31–0 Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal Flag of Australia.png Australia
Flag of Georgia.png Georgia
Shield Flag of France.png France 21–12 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of Canada.jpg Canada
Flag of Italy.png Italy

External linksEdit

V T E IRB Sevens World Series
2013-14 events 2013 Gold Coast Sevens | 2013 Dubai Sevens | 2013 South Africa Sevens | 2014 USA Sevens | 2014 Wellington Sevens | 2014 Japan Sevens | 2014 Hong Kong Sevens | 2014 Scotland Sevens | 2014 London Sevens
Current Stadiums Robina Stadium | The Sevens | Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium | Sam Boyd Stadium | Westpac Stadium | Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium | Hong Kong Stadium | Scotstoun Stadium | Twickenham Stadium
Former events Paris Sevens | Singapore Sevens | Shanghai Sevens | Tokyo Sevens | Mar Del Plata Sevens | Punta Del Este Sevens | Kuala Lumpur Sevens | Fiji Sevens
Seasons 1999-00 | 2000-01 | 2001-02 | 2002-03 | 2003-04 | 2004-05 | 2005-06 | 2006-07 | 2007-08 | 2008-09 | 2009-10 | 2010-11 | 2011-12 | 2012-13 | 2013-14

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