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The 2008–09 IRB Sevens World Series was the tenth of an annual series of rugby union sevens tournaments for full national sides run by the International Rugby Board since 1999–2000. South Africa clinched the 2008-09 World Series on Day 1 of the Edinburgh Sevens, its first Series title. The defending series champions were New Zealand, who won the 2007–08 series by winning the season's first 5 tournaments. New Zealand won the 2007–08 series with one tournament remaining after winning the Plate Final of the London leg.[1]

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. Sevens is traditionally played in a two-day tournament format. However, the most famous event, the Hong Kong Sevens, is played over three days, largely because it involves 24 teams instead of the normal 16. Starting in 2008–09, the Australia leg (which involves the normal 16 teams) was spread out over a three-day period.

The series' tournaments are identical to 2007–2008 and span the globe:

2008-09 Itinerary[1]
Leg Venue Date Winner
Dubai The Sevens[2] November 28–29, 2008 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa
South Africa Outeniqua Park, George December 5–6, 2008 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa
New Zealand Westpac Stadium, Wellington February 6–7, 2009 Flag of England.png England
United States PETCO Park, San Diego, California February 14–15, 2009 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium March 27–29, 2009 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
Australia Adelaide Oval, Adelaide April 3–5, 2009 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa
London Twickenham May 23–24, 2009 Flag of England.png England
Scotland Murrayfield, Edinburgh May 30–31, 2009 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji

The 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens is not a part of the 2008-09 series. Unlike the 2005 edition held in Hong Kong, the 2009 edition did not replace one of the 2008-09 series events. The World Cup was held in Dubai from March 5–7, 2009 and won by Wales.

Core teamsEdit

Prior to the season, the IRB announced the 12 "core teams" that would receive guaranteed berths in each event in the 2008–09 series:[3]

The one new core team was the USA, which replaced its neighbor Canada.[3]

Points scheduleEdit

The season championship is determined by points earned in each tournament. For most events, points are awarded on the following schedule:[4]

  • Cup winner (1st place): 20 points
  • Cup runner-up (2nd place): 16 points
  • Losing Cup semifinalists (3rd & 4th place): 12 points
  • Plate winner (5th place): 8 points
  • Plate runner-up (6th place): 6 points
  • Losing Plate semifinalists (7th & 8th place): 4 points
  • Bowl winner (9th place): 2 points

Points are awarded on a different schedule for the Hong Kong Sevens:[4]

  • Cup winner (1st place): 30 points
  • Cup runner-up (2nd place): 24 points
  • Losing Cup semifinalists (3rd & 4th place): 18 points
  • Losing Cup quarterfinalists (5th, 6th, 7th & 8th place): 8 points
  • Plate winner (9th place): 4 points
  • Plate runner-up (10th place): 3 points
  • Losing Plate semifinalists (11th & 12th place): 2 points
  • Bowl winner (17th place): 1 point

Tournament structureEdit

In all tournaments except Hong Kong, 16 teams participate. Due to its place as the sports most prestigious annual event, the Hong Kong tournament as 24 teams. 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.[5]

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.[4]

In a 16 team tournament, 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.[5] 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.[6]

StatisticsEdit

TableEdit

2008-09 Standings[7]
Pos. Country Dubai South Africa
(George)
New Zealand
(Wellington)
USA
(San Diego)
Hong Kong Australia
(Adelaide)
England
(London)
Scotland
(Edinburgh)
Overall
1 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 20 20 8 12 24 20 12 16 132
2 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji 12 12 4 4 30 12 8 20 102
3 Flag of England.png England 16 8 20 16 8 8 20 2 98
4 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 12 16 16 8 8 4 16 8 88
5 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 4 12 12 20 8 12 0 0 68
6 Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya 6 0 12 6 18 16 2 4 64
7 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 8 4 0 4 18 2 0 4 40
8 Flag of Australia.png Australia 4 0 0 2 8 6 4 6 30
9= Flag of Scotland.png Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 12 24
9= Flag of Wales.png Wales 0 0 6 0 2 4 0 12 24
11 Flag of United States.png United States 0 4 4 12 0 0 0 0 20
12 Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal 2 6 - - 1 0 6 0 15
13 Flag of France.png France 0 2 0 0 2 0 4 0 8
14 Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga - - 0 - 4 0 - - 4
15 Flag of Canada.jpg Canada - - 0 0 3 - 0 0 3
16 Flag of Cook Islands.png Cook Islands - - 2 - - 0 - - 2
17= Flag of Zimbabwe.png Zimbabwe 0 0 - - 0 - - - 0
17= Flag of Japan.png Japan - - - 0 0 0 - - 0
17= Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf Arabian Gulf 0 - - - - - - - 0
17= Flag of Georgia.png Georgia 0 0 - - - - 0 0 0
17= Flag of Germany.png Germany - - - - - - 0 - 0
17= Flag of Niue.png Niue - - 0 - - - - - 0
17= Flag of Mexico.png Mexico - - - 0 - - - - 0
17= Flag of Tunisia.png Tunisia - 0 - - - - - - 0
17= Flag of Uruguay.png Uruguay - - - 0 0 - - - 0
17= Flag of West Indies.png West Indies - - - - 0 - - - 0
17= Flag of Hong Kong.png Hong Kong - - - - 0 - - - 0
17= Flag of China.png China - - - - 0 - - - 0
17= Flag of Sri Lanka.png Sri Lanka - - - - 0 - - - 0
17= Flag of Chinese Taipei.png Chinese Taipei - - - - 0 - - - 0
17= Flag of South Korea.png South Korea - - - - 0 - - - 0
17= Flag of Spain.jpg Spain - - - - - - - 0 0

Individual points Edit

Individual points [8]
Pos. Player Country Points
1 Ben Gollings Flag of England.png England 260
2 Collins Injera Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya 210
3 Richard Kingi Flag of Australia.png Australia 205
4 Renfred Dazel Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 191
5 Lolo Lui Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 187
6 Tomasi Cama Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 174
7 Pedro Leal Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal 168
8 Lavin Asego Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya 166
9 Paul Albaladejo Flag of France.png France 165
=10 Ollie Phillips Flag of England.png England 161
=10 Mzwandile Stick Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 161

Individual tries Edit

Individual tries [9]
Pos. Player Country Tries
1 Collins Injera Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya 42
2= Rayno Benjamin Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 28
2= Santiago Gomez Cora Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 28
4 Luke Morahan Flag of Australia.png Australia 27
5 Vereniki Goneva Flag of Fiji.png Fiji 24
6 Ollie Phillips Flag of England.png England 23
7= Alafoti Fa'osiliva Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 22
7= Renfred Dazel Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 22
7= Robert Ebersohn Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 22
7= Pio Tuwai Flag of Fiji.png Fiji 22
7= Vuyo Zangqa Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 22

TournamentsEdit

DubaiEdit

Main article: 2008 Dubai Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 19 - 12 Flag of England.png England Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand
Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
Plate Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 12 - 7 Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Flag of Australia.png Australia
Bowl Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal 24 - 0 Flag of France.png France Flag of Wales.png Wales
Flag of Zimbabwe.png Zimbabwe
Shield Flag of United States.png United States 31 - 7 Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf Arabian Gulf Flag of Georgia.png Georgia
Flag of Scotland.png Scotland

South AfricaEdit

Main article: 2008 South Africa Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 12 - 7 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
Plate Flag of England.png England 24 - 7 Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal Flag of Samoa.png Samoa
Flag of United States.png United States
Bowl Flag of France.png France 21 - 12 Flag of Australia.png Australia Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya
Flag of Wales.png Wales
Shield Flag of Zimbabwe.png Zimbabwe 26 - 0 Flag of Scotland.png Scotland Flag of Georgia.png Georgia
Flag of Tunisia.png Tunisia

New ZealandEdit

Main article: 2009 Wellington Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of England.png England 19 - 17 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya
Plate Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 26 - 12 Flag of Wales.png Wales Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
Flag of United States.png United States
Bowl Flag of Cook Islands.png Cook Islands 24 - 10 Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga Flag of France.png France
Flag of Australia.png Australia
Shield Flag of Scotland.png Scotland 24 - 0 Flag of Niue.png Niue Flag of Samoa.png Samoa
Flag of Canada.jpg Canada

USAEdit

Main article: 2009 USA Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 19 - 14 Flag of England.png England Flag of South Africa.png South Africa
Flag of United States.png United States
Plate Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 22 - 7 Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
Flag of Samoa.png Samoa
Bowl Flag of Australia.png Australia 40 - 0 Flag of France.png France Flag of Scotland.png Scotland
Flag of Wales.png Wales
Shield Flag of Canada.jpg Canada 31 - 7 Flag of Uruguay.png Uruguay Flag of Mexico.png Mexico
Flag of Japan.png Japan

Hong KongEdit

Main article: 2009 Hong Kong Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists Quarter Finalists
Cup Flag of Fiji.png Fiji 26 - 24 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya
Flag of Samoa.png Samoa
Flag of England.png England
Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand
Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Flag of Australia.png Australia
Plate Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga 14 - 12 Flag of Canada.jpg Canada Flag of Wales.png Wales
Flag of France.png France
Flag of United States.png United States
Flag of Hong Kong.png Hong Kong
Flag of Scotland.png Scotland
Flag of South Korea.png South Korea
Bowl Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal 14 - 12 Flag of Uruguay.png Uruguay Flag of Zimbabwe.png Zimbabwe
Flag of Japan.png Japan
Flag of Chinese Taipei.png Chinese Taipei
Flag of West Indies.png West Indies
Flag of China.png China
Flag of Sri Lanka.png Sri Lanka

AustraliaEdit

Main article: 2009 Adelaide Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 26 - 7 Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
Plate Flag of England.png England 24 - 19 Flag of Australia.png Australia Flag of Wales.png Wales
Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand
Bowl Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 35 - 14 Flag of France.png France Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga
Flag of Cook Islands.png Cook Islands
Shield Flag of United States.png United States 24 - 21 Flag of Scotland.png Scotland Flag of Japan.png Japan
Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal

LondonEdit

Main article: 2009 London Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of England.png England 31 - 26 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Flag of Scotland.png Scotland
Flag of South Africa.png South Africa
Plate Flag of Fiji.png Fiji 24 - 10 Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal Flag of France.png France
Flag of Australia.png Australia
Bowl Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya 12 - 7 Flag of Wales.png Wales Flag of Samoa.png Samoa
Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Shield Flag of Canada.jpg Canada 27 - 7 Flag of United States.png United States Flag of Germany.png Germany
Flag of Georgia.png Georgia

ScotlandEdit

Main article: 2009 Edinburgh Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of Fiji.png Fiji 20 - 19 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of Scotland.png Scotland
Flag of Wales.png Wales
Plate Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 34 - 12 Flag of Australia.png Australia Flag of Samoa.png Samoa
Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya
Bowl Flag of England.png England 26 - 15 Flag of France.png France Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal
Shield Flag of United States.png United States 12 - 10 Flag of Canada.jpg Canada Flag of Georgia.png Georgia
Flag of Spain.jpg Spain

ReferencesEdit

  1. "IRB Sevens World Series 2008-09 (Referee) Selections" (PDF). International Rugby Board. 2008-09-01. http://www.irb.com/mm/document/newsmedia/0/080901ccirbsevensworldseries2008-2009selections_6135.pdf. Retrieved 2008-09-17. 
  2. "Emirates unveils Dubai venue 'The Sevens'". International Rugby Board. 2008-07-02. http://www.irb.com/rwcsevens/news/newsid=2025888.html#emirates+unveils+dubai+venue+the+sevens. Retrieved 2008-09-17. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 International Rugby Board (2008-09-22). USA Rugby receives major Sevens boost. Press release. Retrieved on 2009-03-05.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Rules". International Rugby Board. Archived from the original on 5 April 2008. http://www.irb.com/irbsevens/rules/index.html. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Rules: 16-Team Tournament". International Rugby Board. 2007. Archived from the original on 21 March 2008. http://www.irb.com/irbsevens/rules/rules16.html. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  6. "Rules: 24-Team Tournament". International Rugby Board. 2007. Archived from the original on 21 March 2008. http://www.irb.com/irbsevens/rules/rules24.html. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  7. "Overall Standings". International Rugby Board. Archived from the original on 2 December 2008. http://www.irb.com/irbsevens/standings.html. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  8. "Season Player Points". International Rugby Board. Archived from the original on 2 December 2008. http://www.irb.com/irbsevens/statistics/pointdetails.html. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  9. "Season Player Tries". International Rugby Board. http://www.irb.com/irbsevens/statistics/triesdetails.html. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 

External linksEdit

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