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The 2010–11 IRB Sevens World Series was the 12th annual series of rugby union sevens tournaments for full national sides run by the International Rugby Board since 1999–2000.

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, was played over three days, largely because it involved 24 teams instead of the normal 16.

ItineraryEdit

The IRB announced dates for the 2010–11 events on 1 June 2010, only two days after the final event of the 2009–10 series, the Edinburgh Sevens.[1] The stops remained unchanged from recent years; the only scheduling change for 2010–11 was that the Adelaide event, which moved from its traditional slot of one week after Hong Kong to one week before in 2010,[2] returned to its prior slot for 2011.[1]

This was the last season for the South Africa leg in George and the Australia leg in Adelaide. On 13 April 2011, both countries' national unions announced that their respective legs of the series would move to new sites for 2011–12. The South Africa Sevens will move to Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.[3] The Australia leg will move to Skilled Park in the Gold Coast; it was initially known as the "International Rugby Sevens Gold Coast",[4] but later rebranded simply as the "Gold Coast Sevens".[5]

2010–11 Itinerary[1]
Leg Venue Date Winner
Dubai The Sevens 3–4 December 2010 Flag of England.png England
South Africa Outeniqua Park, George 10–11 December 2010 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand
New Zealand Westpac Stadium, Wellington 4–5 February 2011 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand
United States Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada 12–13 February 2011 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa
Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium 25–27 March 2011 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand
Australia Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 2–3 April 2011 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand
London Twickenham 21–22 May 2011 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa
Edinburgh Murrayfield, Edinburgh 28–29 May 2011 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa

Core teamsEdit

Before each season, the IRB announces the 12 "core teams" that received guaranteed berths in each event in that season's series. The core teams for 2010–11 were:

The core teams were unchanged from 2009–10.

Points scheduleEdit

The season championship was determined by points earned in each tournament. The points allocations for all events were identical to those in the 2009–10 series, reflecting changes that the IRB made starting with that season:[6]

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 participated. Due to its place as the sport's most prestigious annual event, the Hong Kong tournament had 24 teams. In each 16-team tournament, the teams were divided into pools of four teams, who played a round-robin within the pool. Points were 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 was the head-to-head result between the tied teams, followed by difference in points scored during the tournament.[7]

Four trophies were awarded in each tournament. In descending order of prestige, they were the Cup, whose winner was the overall tournament champion, Plate, Bowl and Shield. The Shield was contested in Hong Kong for the first time in 2010. Each trophy was awarded at the end of a knockout tournament.[8]

In a 16-team tournament, the top two teams in each pool advanced to the Cup competition. The four quarterfinal losers dropped into the bracket for the Plate. The Bowl was 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.[7]

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.[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.
  • The Shield was contested by the remaining eight entrants.

StatisticsEdit

TableEdit

2010–11 Standings[10]
Pos. Country Dubai South Africa
(George)
New Zealand
(Wellington)
USA
(Las Vegas)
Hong Kong Australia
(Adelaide)
England
(London)
Scotland
(Edinburgh)
Overall
1 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 16 24 24 16 3024 16 16 166
2 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 12 12 8 24 16 20 24 24 140
3 Flag of England.png England 24 20 20 16 25 16 0 6 127
4 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji 16 16 12 20 20 6 20 12 122
5 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 20 16 16 12 20 16 12 8 120
6 Flag of Australia.png Australia 8 6 16 6 10 6 8 20 80
7 Flag of Wales.png Wales 6 6 6 0 0 12 16 16 62
8 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 4 8 6 6 0 8 6 0 38
9 Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya 0 0 4 8 0 0 0 4 16
10-tie Flag of Scotland.png Scotland 0 4 0 4 0 0 4 0 12
10-tie Flag of France.png France 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 6 12
12 Flag of United States.png United States 6 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 10
13-tie Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
13-tie Flag of Russia.png Russia 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
15 Flag of Canada.jpg Canada 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 5

TournamentsEdit

DubaiEdit

Main article: 2010 Dubai Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of England.png England 29 – 21 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand
Plate Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 19 – 12 Flag of Australia.png Australia Flag of United States.png United States
Flag of Wales.png Wales
Bowl Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 21 – 0 Flag of Zimbabwe.png Zimbabwe Flag of Russia.png Russia
Flag of Scotland.png Scotland
Shield Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya 26 – 0 Flag of France.png France Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal
Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf Arabian Gulf

South AfricaEdit

Main article: 2010 South Africa Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 22 – 19 Flag of England.png England Flag of Samoa.png Samoa
Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
Plate Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 10 – 5 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Flag of Wales.png Wales
Flag of Australia.png Australia
Bowl Flag of Scotland.png Scotland 26 – 0 Flag of Russia.png Russia Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal
Flag of France.png France
Shield Flag of Zimbabwe.png Zimbabwe 14 – 5 Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya Flag of Namibia.png Namibia
Flag of United States.png United States

New ZealandEdit

Main article: 2011 Wellington Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 29 – 14 Flag of England.png England Flag of Samoa.png Samoa
Flag of Australia.png Australia
Plate Flag of Fiji.png Fiji 26 – 12 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Flag of Wales.png Wales
Bowl Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya 19 – 0 Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga Flag of Scotland.png Scotland
Flag of Cook Islands.png Cook Islands
Shield Flag of United States.png United States 19 – 12 Flag of France.png France Flag of Canada.jpg Canada
Flag of Papua New Guinea.png Papua New Guinea

USAEdit

Main article: 2011 USA Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 24 – 14 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji Flag of England.png England
Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand
Plate Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 26 – 15 Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya Flag of Australia.png Australia
Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Bowl Flag of Scotland.png Scotland 19 – 14 Flag of Canada.jpg Canada Flag of France.png France
Flag of Wales.png Wales
Shield Flag of United States.png United States 19 – 12 Flag of Japan.png Japan Flag of Uruguay.png Uruguay
Flag of Guyana.png Guyana

Hong KongEdit

Main article: 2011 Hong Kong Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists Quarter Finalists
Cup Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 29 – 17 Flag of England.png England Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
Flag of Samoa.png Samoa
Plate Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 26 – 19 Flag of Australia.png Australia Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal
Flag of Russia.png Russia
Bowl Flag of Canada.jpg Canada 35 – 12 Flag of Japan.png Japan Flag of United States.png United States
Flag of Wales.png Wales
Flag of Scotland.png Scotland
Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga
Flag of France.png France
Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Shield Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya 17 – 12 Flag of Spain.jpg Spain Flag of China.png China
Flag of Zimbabwe.png Zimbabwe
Flag of Malaysia.png Malaysia
Flag of Hong Kong.png Hong Kong
Flag of South Korea.png South Korea
Flag of Mexico.png Mexico

AustraliaEdit

Main article: 2011 Adelaide Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 28 – 20 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of England.png England
Flag of Samoa.png Samoa
Plate Flag of Wales.png Wales 14 – 7 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Flag of Australia.png Australia
Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
Bowl Flag of United States.png United States 17 – 10 Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya Flag of France.png France
Flag of Scotland.png Scotland
Shield Flag of Japan.png Japan 22 – 5 Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga Flag of Cook Islands.png Cook Islands
Flag of Papua New Guinea.png Papua New Guinea

EnglandEdit

Main article: 2011 London Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 24 – 14 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand
Flag of Wales.png Wales
Plate Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 22 – 12 Flag of Australia.png Australia Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Flag of France.png France
Bowl Flag of Scotland.png Scotland 21 – 19 Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya Flag of Spain.jpg Spain
Flag of Russia.png Russia
Shield Flag of England.png England 22 – 7 Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal Flag of United States.png United States
Flag of Canada.jpg Canada

ScotlandEdit

Main article: 2011 Edinburgh Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 36 – 35 Flag of Australia.png Australia Flag of Wales.png Wales
Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand
Plate Flag of Fiji.png Fiji 26 – 14 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa Flag of England.png England
Flag of France.png France
Bowl Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya 21 – 14 Flag of Scotland.png Scotland Flag of Spain.jpg Spain
Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Shield Flag of Canada.jpg Canada 17 – 12 Flag of Russia.png Russia Flag of United States.png United States
Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 International Rugby Board (1 June 2010). Dates set for 2010/11 IRB Sevens World Series. Press release. Retrieved on 8 October 2010.
  2. International Rugby Board (8 July 2009). 2009/10 IRB Sevens World Series schedule set. Press release. Retrieved on 14 July 2009.
  3. South African Rugby Union (13 April 2011). Port Elizabeth named as new host of SA Sevens event. Press release. Retrieved on 29 May 2011.
  4. Australian Rugby Union (13 April 2011). Gold Coast to Become New Home for Australian Sevens. Press release. Retrieved on 29 May 2011.
  5. "Gold Coast Sevens". Australian Rugby Union. http://www.rugby.com.au/sevens/GoldCoastSevens.aspx. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  6. International Rugby Board (2010-12-04). Points system. Press release. Retrieved on 2010-12-04.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Rules: 16-Team Tournament". International Rugby Board. 2009. http://www.irbsevens.com/rules/rules16.html. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  8. "Rules". International Rugby Board. http://www.irbsevens.com/rules/index.html. Retrieved 2010-12-04. 
  9. "Rules: 24-Team Tournament". International Rugby Board. 2009–10. http://www.irbsevens.com/rules/rules24.html. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  10. "Overall Standings". International Rugby Board. http://www.irbsevens.com/standings.html. Retrieved 2010-12-04. 

External linksEdit

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