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The 2009–10 IRB Sevens World Series was the eleventh of an annual series of rugby union sevens tournaments for full national sides run by the International Rugby Board since 1999–2000. Samoa won the series crown for their first time.

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.

ItineraryEdit

The series' tournaments were identical to those in 2008–09 and spanned the globe, visiting five of the six populated continents.

2009–10 Itinerary[1]
Leg Venue Date Winner
Dubai The Sevens December 4–5, 2009 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand
South Africa Outeniqua Park, George December 11–12, 2009 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand
New Zealand Westpac Stadium, Wellington February 5–6, 2010 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
United States Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas February 13–14, 2010 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa
Australia Adelaide Oval, Adelaide March 19–21, 2010 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa
Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium March 26–28, 2010 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa
London Twickenham May 22–23, 2010 Flag of Australia.png Australia
Edinburgh Murrayfield, Edinburgh May 29–30, 2010 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa

Two minor changes were made to the schedule:

  • The USA event moved from San Diego, its home from 2007 to 2009, to Las Vegas.[2]
  • The Adelaide event moved from its previous slot of one week after Hong Kong to one week before.[1]

Core teamsEdit

Before each season, the IRB announces the 12 "core teams" that will receive guaranteed berths in each event in that season's series. The core teams for 2009–10 were:[3]

The core teams were unchanged from 2008–09; the most recent change came before that season, when the USA replaced its neighbor Canada.[4]

Points scheduleEdit

The season championship is determined by points earned in each tournament. Effective with this season, the IRB changed the points allocations for all events as follows:[5]

16-team events (all except for Hong Kong)
  • Cup winner (1st place): 24 points
  • Cup runner-up: 20 points
  • Losing Cup semifinalists: 16 points
  • Plate winner (5th place): 12 points
  • Plate runner-up: 8 points
  • Losing Plate semifinalists: 6 points
  • Bowl winner (9th place): 4 points
24-team event (Hong Kong)
  • Cup winner: 30 points
  • Cup runner-up: 25 points
  • Losing Cup semifinalists: 20 points
  • Plate winner (5th place): 16 points
  • Plate runner-up: 10 points
  • Losing Plate semifinalists: 8 points
  • Bowl winner (9th place): 5 points

Tournament structureEdit

In all tournaments except Hong Kong, 16 teams participate. Due to its place as the sport's most prestigious annual event, the Hong Kong tournament has 24 teams. In each 16-team 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.[6]

Four trophies are awarded in each tournament. In descending order of prestige, they are the Cup, whose winner is the overall tournament champion, Plate, Bowl and Shield. The Shield was contested in Hong Kong for the first time in 2010. Each trophy is awarded at the end of a knockout tournament.[7]

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- and fourth-place finishers in each pool, with the losers in the Bowl quarterfinals dropping into the bracket for the Shield.[6]

The Hong Kong Sevens adopted a new structure effective with its 2010 edition. As in previous years, the 24 teams were divided into six pools of four teams each, with the competition points system and tiebreakers identical to those for a 16-team event. Also as in the past, the six pool winners and the two top second-place finishers advanced to the Cup competition.[8] The changes made in 2010 were:[9]

  • The Plate competition was contested by the losing quarterfinalists from the Cup, as in all other events in the series.
  • The Bowl was contested by the four remaining second-place finishers and the top four third-place finishers. In previous years, these teams competed for the Plate.
  • The Shield was contested by the remaining eight entrants. In previous years, these teams competed for the Bowl.

StatisticsEdit

TableEdit

2009–10 Standings[10]
Pos. Country Dubai South Africa
(George)
New Zealand
(Wellington)
USA
(Las Vegas)
Australia
(Adelaide)
Hong Kong England
(London)
Scotland
(Edinburgh)
Overall
1 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 20 6 20 24 24 30 16 24 164
2 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 24 24 16 20 12 25 12 16 149
3 Flag of Australia.png Australia 12 6 12 16 16 16 24 20 122
4 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji 16 20 24 8 6 20 8 6 108
5 Flag of England.png England 16 12 16 6 4 20 6 16 96
6 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 8 8 8 12 8 10 20 6 80
7 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 6 16 0 0 16 0 16 8 62
8 Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya 6 16 6 16 0 8 0 0 52
9 Flag of Wales.png Wales 4 4 4 6 6 0 6 4 34
10 Flag of United States.png United States 0 0 0 4 20 8 0 0 32
11 Flag of Canada.jpg Canada DNP DNP 6 0 DNP 5 4 0 15
12 Flag of Scotland.png Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 12
13= Flag of Hong Kong.png Hong Kong DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0 DNP DNP 0
13= Arabian Gulf 0 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
13= Flag of Chile.png Chile DNP DNP DNP 0 DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
13= Flag of China.png China DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0 DNP DNP 0
13= Flag of Chinese Taipei.png Chinese Taipei DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0 DNP DNP 0
13= Flag of France.png France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13= Flag of Guyana.png Guyana DNP DNP DNP 0 DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
13= Flag of Italy.png Italy DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0 0 0
13= Flag of Japan.png Japan DNP DNP DNP 0 0 0 DNP DNP 0
13= Flag of Niue.png Niue DNP DNP 0 DNP 0 DNP DNP DNP 0
13= Flag of Papua New Guinea.png Papua New Guinea DNP DNP 0 DNP 0 DNP DNP DNP 0
13= Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal 0 0 DNP DNP DNP 0 0 0
13= Flag of Russia.png Russia 0 0 DNP DNP DNP 0 0 0
13= Flag of South Korea.png South Korea DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0 DNP DNP 0
13= Flag of Thailand.png Thailand DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0 DNP DNP 0
13= Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga DNP DNP 0 DNP 0 0 DNP DNP 0
13= Flag of Tunisia.png Tunisia DNP 0 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
13= Flag of Zimbabwe.png Zimbabwe 0 0 DNP DNP DNP 0 DNP DNP 0

TournamentsEdit

DubaiEdit

Main article: 2009 Dubai Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 24 – 12 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa Flag of England.png England
Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
Plate Flag of Australia.png Australia 7 – 0 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya
Bowl Flag of Wales.png Wales 38 – 7 Flag of Zimbabwe.png Zimbabwe Flag of United States.png United States
Flag of France.png France
Shield Flag of Russia.png Russia 17 – 14 Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal Flag of Scotland.png Scotland
Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf Arabian Gulf

South AfricaEdit

Main article: 2009 South Africa Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 21 – 12 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya
Plate Flag of England.png England 21 – 7 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of Samoa.png Samoa
Flag of Australia.png Australia
Bowl Flag of Wales.png Wales 14 – 5 Flag of Russia.png Russia Flag of United States.png United States
Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal
Shield Flag of Scotland.png Scotland 28 – 19 Flag of France.png France Flag of Zimbabwe.png Zimbabwe
Flag of Tunisia.png Tunisia

New ZealandEdit

Main article: 2010 Wellington Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of Fiji.png Fiji 19 – 14 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa Flag of England.png England
Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand
Plate Flag of Australia.png Australia 26 – 22 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of Canada.jpg Canada
Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya
Bowl Flag of Wales.png Wales 7 – 5 Flag of France.png France Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Flag of Niue.png Niue
Shield Flag of United States.png United States 17 – 14 Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga Flag of Papua New Guinea.png Papua New Guinea
Flag of Scotland.png Scotland

USAEdit

Main article: 2010 USA Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 33 – 12 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Flag of Australia.png Australia
Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya
Plate Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 12 – 7 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji Flag of England.png England
Flag of Wales.png Wales
Bowl Flag of United States.png United States 28 – 17 Flag of France.png France Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Flag of Chile.png Chile
Shield Flag of Scotland.png Scotland 17 – 7 Flag of Japan.png Japan Flag of Canada.jpg Canada
Flag of Guyana.png Guyana

AustraliaEdit

Main article: 2010 Adelaide Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 38 – 10 Flag of United States.png United States Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Flag of Australia.png Australia
Plate Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 21 – 14 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
Flag of Wales.png Wales
Bowl Flag of England.png England 33 – 12 Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya Flag of France.png France
Flag of Scotland.png Scotland
Shield Flag of Japan.png Japan 22 – 19 Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga Flag of Niue.png Niue
Flag of Papua New Guinea.png Papua New Guinea

Hong KongEdit

Main article: 2010 Hong Kong Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists Quarter Finalists
Cup Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 24 – 21 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Flag of England.png England
Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
Plate Flag of Australia.png Australia 12 – 5 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya
Flag of United States.png United States
Bowl Flag of Canada.jpg Canada 35 – 19 Flag of Wales.png Wales Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal
Flag of Scotland.png Scotland
Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Flag of France.png France
Flag of Japan.png Japan
Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga
Shield Flag of Hong Kong.png Hong Kong 19 – 17 Flag of Russia.png Russia Flag of Italy.png Italy
Flag of Zimbabwe.png Zimbabwe
Flag of China.png China
Flag of Chinese Taipei.png Chinese Taipei
Flag of South Korea.png South Korea
Flag of Thailand.png Thailand

LondonEdit

Main article: 2010 London Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of Australia.png Australia 19 – 14 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Flag of Samoa.png Samoa
Plate Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 26 – 24 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji Flag of England.png England
Flag of Wales.png Wales
Bowl Flag of Canada.jpg Canada 19 – 17 Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal Flag of Scotland.png Scotland
Flag of United States.png United States
Shield Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya 24 – 21 Flag of France.png France Flag of Italy.png Italy
Flag of Russia.png Russia

ScotlandEdit

Main article: 2010 Edinburgh Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 41 – 14 Flag of Australia.png Australia Flag of England.png England
Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand
Plate Flag of Scotland.png Scotland 19 – 0 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
Flag of South Africa.png South Africa
Bowl Flag of Wales.png Wales 26 – 10 Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya Flag of France.png France
Flag of United States.png United States
Shield Flag of Russia.png Russia 26 – 7 Flag of Canada.jpg Canada Flag of Italy.png Italy
Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 International Rugby Board (2009-07-08). 2009/10 IRB Sevens World Series schedule set. Press release. Retrieved on 2009-07-14.
  2. USA Sevens, LLC (2009-07-13). USA Sevens Signs Letter Of Intent to Bring Tournament to New Venue in 2010. Press release. Retrieved on 2009-07-14.
  3. International Rugby Board (2009-10-12). Pools and matches set for South Africa Sevens. Press release. Retrieved on 2009-10-12.
  4. International Rugby Board (2008-09-22). USA Rugby receives major Sevens boost. Press release. Retrieved on 2009-03-05.
  5. International Rugby Board (2009-11-05). Overhaul for Sevens World Series point system. Press release. Retrieved on 2009-11-06.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Rules: 16-Team Tournament". International Rugby Board. 2009. http://www.irb.com/irbsevens/rules/rules16.html. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  7. "Rules". International Rugby Board. http://www.irb.com/irbsevens/rules/index.html. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  8. "Rules: 24-Team Tournament". International Rugby Board. 2009–10. Archived from the original on 18 January 2010. http://www.irb.com/irbsevens/rules/rules16.html. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  9. International Rugby Board (2010-01-28). All 24 teams announced for Hong Kong Sevens. Press release. Retrieved on 2010-01-28.
  10. "Overall Standings". International Rugby Board. http://www.irb.com/irbsevens/standings.html. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 

External linksEdit

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