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.
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:
|Dubai||The Sevens||November 28–29, 2008||South Africa|
|South Africa||Outeniqua Park, George||December 5–6, 2008||South Africa|
|New Zealand||Westpac Stadium, Wellington||February 6–7, 2009||England|
|United States||PETCO Park, San Diego, California||February 14–15, 2009||Argentina|
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong Stadium||March 27–29, 2009||Fiji|
|Australia||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||April 3–5, 2009||South Africa|
|London||Twickenham||May 23–24, 2009||England|
|Scotland||Murrayfield, Edinburgh||May 30–31, 2009||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.
Prior to the season, the IRB announced the 12 "core teams" that would receive guaranteed berths in each event in the 2008–09 series:
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- United States
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 (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:
- 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
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.
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 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. 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.
Individual points Edit
| Individual points |
|4||Renfred Dazel||South Africa||191|
|6||Tomasi Cama||New Zealand||174|
|=10||Mzwandile Stick||South Africa||161|
Individual tries Edit
| Individual tries |
|2=||Rayno Benjamin||South Africa||28|
|2=||Santiago Gomez Cora||Argentina||28|
|7=||Renfred Dazel||South Africa||22|
|7=||Robert Ebersohn||South Africa||22|
|7=||Vuyo Zangqa||South Africa||22|
- Main article: 2008 Dubai Sevens
|Cup||South Africa||19 - 12||England|| New Zealand|
|Plate||Samoa||12 - 7||Kenya|| Argentina|
|Bowl||Portugal||24 - 0||France|| Wales|
|Shield||United States||31 - 7||Arabian Gulf|| Georgia|
- Main article: 2008 South Africa Sevens
|Cup||South Africa||12 - 7||New Zealand|| Argentina|
|Plate||England||24 - 7||Portugal|| Samoa|
|Bowl||France||21 - 12||Australia|| Kenya|
|Shield||Zimbabwe||26 - 0||Scotland|| Georgia|
- Main article: 2009 Wellington Sevens
|Cup||England||19 - 17||New Zealand|| Argentina|
|Plate||South Africa||26 - 12||Wales|| Fiji|
|Bowl||Cook Islands||24 - 10||Tonga|| France|
|Shield||Scotland||24 - 0||Niue|| Samoa|
- Main article: 2009 USA Sevens
|Cup||Argentina||19 - 14||England|| South Africa|
|Plate||New Zealand||22 - 7||Kenya|| Fiji|
|Bowl||Australia||40 - 0||France|| Scotland|
|Shield||Canada||31 - 7||Uruguay|| Mexico|
- Main article: 2009 Hong Kong Sevens
|Event||Winners||Score||Finalists||Semi Finalists||Quarter Finalists|
|Cup||Fiji||26 - 24||South Africa|| Kenya|
|Plate||Tonga||14 - 12||Canada|| Wales|
| United States|
|Bowl||Portugal||14 - 12||Uruguay|| Zimbabwe|
| Chinese Taipei|
- Main article: 2009 Adelaide Sevens
|Cup||South Africa||26 - 7||Kenya|| Argentina|
|Plate||England||24 - 19||Australia|| Wales|
|Bowl||Samoa||35 - 14||France|| Tonga|
|Shield||United States||24 - 21||Scotland|| Japan|
- Main article: 2009 London Sevens
|Cup||England||31 - 26||New Zealand|| Scotland|
|Plate||Fiji||24 - 10||Portugal|| France|
|Bowl||Kenya||12 - 7||Wales|| Samoa|
|Shield||Canada||27 - 7||United States|| Germany|
- Main article: 2009 Edinburgh Sevens
|Cup||Fiji||20 - 19||South Africa|| Scotland|
|Plate||New Zealand||34 - 12||Australia|| Samoa|
|Bowl||England||26 - 15||France|| Argentina|
|Shield||United States||12 - 10||Canada|| Georgia|
- ↑ "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.
- ↑ "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.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 International Rugby Board (2008-09-22). USA Rugby receives major Sevens boost. Press release. Retrieved on 2009-03-05.
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ 5.0 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.
- ↑ "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.
- ↑ "Overall Standings". International Rugby Board. Archived from the original on 2 December 2008. http://www.irb.com/irbsevens/standings.html. Retrieved 2008-12-07.
- ↑ "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.
- ↑ "Season Player Tries". International Rugby Board. http://www.irb.com/irbsevens/statistics/triesdetails.html. Retrieved 2008-12-07.
|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|