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The 2011-12 IRB Sevens World Series known for sponsorship reasons as the HSBC Sevens World Series will be the 13th annual series of the Rugby Sevens tournaments run by full national sides from the IRB since 1999-2000.

ItineraryEdit

The IRB announced the schedule for the 2011–12 series on 18 August 2011. The most important development was the addition of a leg in Japan, expanding the circuit to nine legs. Two other significant scheduling changes were made. The Australian leg, which had previously followed the Hong Kong Sevens, was now the first event in the series. Also, the last two legs of the series, originally slated for Edinburgh and London, switched places on the schedule, making the London leg the last in the series.[1]

On 13 April 2011, the Australian and South African unions (respectively ARU and SARU) both announced that their countries' legs of the series would move to new sites effective with this season. The ARU announced that its leg would move from Adelaide to the Gold Coast. Initially, the event was called the "International Rugby Sevens Gold Coast", but was later rebranded as simply the "Gold Coast Sevens".[2][3] The SARU announced that Port Elizabeth would become the new host of the South Africa leg, replacing George.[4]

On 9 December 2011, the IRB and the Scottish Rugby Union announced that the Scotland Sevens, also previously known as the Edinburgh Sevens, would move to Glasgow effective with the 2012 edition.[5]

2011–12 Itinerary[1]
Leg Venue Date Winner
Australia Skilled Park, Gold Coast 25–26 November 2011 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
Dubai The Sevens, Dubai 2–3 December 2011 Flag of England.png England
South Africa Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth 9–10 December 2011 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand
New Zealand Westpac Stadium, Wellington 3–4 February 2012 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand
United States Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas 10–12 February 2012 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa
Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong 23–25 March 2012 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
Japan Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo 31 March–1 April 2012 Flag of Australia.png Australia
Scotland Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow 5–6 May 2012 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand
England Twickenham, London 12–13 May 2012 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji

Women's sevensEdit

The 2011 Dubai Sevens saw the IRB organise its first officially sanctioned women's international sevens tournament apart from the Rugby World Cup Sevens. It involved eight teams—Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, South Africa, Spain, and the USA—and the semifinals and final were held on the main pitch at The Sevens. This was part of a plan to launch a full IRB International Women's Sevens Series for 2012–13.[6]

Core teamsEdit

Before each season, the IRB announces the 12 "core teams" that received guaranteed berths in each event of that season's series. The core teams for 2011–12 were:[7]

The core teams have been unchanged since the 2008–09 series.

Points scheduleEdit

The season championship was determined by points earned in each tournament. A new points system, in which each participating team now receives Series points, was introduced shortly before the 2011-12 season kicked off:[8]

16-team events (all except for Hong Kong)
  • Cup winner (1st place): 22 points
  • Cup runner-up (2nd place): 19 points
  • Cup third-place play-off winner (3rd place): 17 points
  • Cup third-place play-off loser (4th place): 15 points
  • Plate winner (5th place): 13 points
  • Plate runner-up (6th place): 12 points
  • Losing Plate semi-finalists (joint 7th place): 10 points
  • Bowl winner (9th place): 8 points
  • Bowl runner-up (10th place): 7 points
  • Losing Bowl semi-finalists (joint 11th place): 5 points
  • Shield winner (13th place): 3 points
  • Shield runner-up (14th place): 2 points
  • Losing Shield semi-finalists (joint 15th place): 1 point
24-team event (Hong Kong)
  • To be announced

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. In case of a tie on competition points, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:[9]

  1. Head-to-head result
  2. Difference in points scored in all pool matches
  3. Difference in tries scored in all pool matches
  4. Total points scored in all pool matches
  5. Total tries scored in all pool matches
  6. Coin toss

A tie between more than two teams is resolved in the same manner, but without considering head-to-head results.[9]

Four trophies were awarded in each tournament. In descending order of prestige, they were the Cup (overall tournament champion), Plate, Bowl and Shield. Each trophy was awarded at the end of a knockout tournament.[10]

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.[9]

The Hong Kong Sevens used a similar structure, though adjusted for the larger number of teams involved. Its 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. The six pool winners and the two top second-place finishers advanced to the Cup competition.[11]

  • 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

2011–12 Standings[12]
Pos. Country Australia (Gold Coast) Dubai South Africa
(Port Elizabeth)
New Zealand
(Wellington)
USA
(Las Vegas)
Hong Kong Japan
(Tokyo)
Scotland
(Glasgow)
England
(London)
Overall
1 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 19 10 22 22 19 19 17 22 17 167
2 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji 22 17 12 19 17 22 13 17 22 161
3 Flag of England.png England 10 22 15 17 10 15 15 19 12 135
4 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 12 3 17 15 22 13 19 13 19 133
5 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 17 12 19 13 15 17 12 10 10 125
6 Flag of Australia.png Australia 15 13 10 7 7 10 22 15 13 112
7 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 8 15 5 5 12 12 10 10 15 92
8 Flag of Wales.png Wales 13 10 13 5 10 10 10 12 8 91
9 Flag of France.png France 10 19 10 10 3 5 8 5 3 73
10 Flag of Scotland.png Scotland 7 8 8 3 2 5 3 5 7 48
11 Flag of United States.png United States 5 7 5 1 5 7 7 2 2 41
12 Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya 1 2 2 8 13 8 2 3 1 40
13 Flag of Canada.jpg Canada 0 5 7 10 8 3 0 0 0 33
14 Flag of Spain.jpg Spain 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 7 10 19
15 Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal 0 5 1 0 0 1 5 1 5 18
16 Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga 5 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 17
17 Flag of Japan.png Japan 2 0 0 1 5 1 1 0 0 10
17 Flag of Russia.png Russia 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 1 10
17 Flag of Zimbabwe.png Zimbabwe 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 5 10
20 Flag of Hong Kong.png Hong Kong 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 5
21 Flag of Papua New Guinea.png Papua New Guinea 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
22 Flag of Cook Islands.png Cook Islands 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
23 Flag of Brazil.png Brazil 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
23 Flag of Morocco.png Morocco 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
23 Flag of Niue.png Niue 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
23 Flag of United Arab Emirates.png United Arab Emirates 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
23 Flag of Uruguay.png Uruguay 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
28 Flag of China.png China 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 Flag of Guyana.png Guyana 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 Flag of Philippines.png Philippines 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TournamentsEdit

Gold CoastEdit

Main article: 2011 Gold Coast Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of Fiji.png Fiji 26 – 12 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Flag of Australia.png Australia
Flag of South Africa.png South Africa
Plate Flag of Wales.png Wales 26 – 15 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa Flag of England.png England
Flag of France.png France
Bowl Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 17 – 14 Flag of Scotland.png Scotland Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga
Flag of United States.png United States
Shield Flag of Papua New Guinea.png Papua New Guinea 31 – 19 Flag of Japan.png Japan Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya
Flag of Niue.png Niue

DubaiEdit

Main article: 2011 Dubai Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of England.png England 29 – 12 Flag of France.png France Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
Plate Flag of Australia.png Australia 17 – 14 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand
Flag of Wales.png Wales
Bowl Flag of Scotland.png Scotland 26 – 0 Flag of United States.png United States Flag of Canada.jpg Canada
Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal
Shield Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 31 – 17 Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya Flag of United Arab Emirates.png United Arab Emirates
Flag of Zimbabwe.png Zimbabwe

South AfricaEdit

Main article: 2011 South Africa Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 31 – 26 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of England.png England
Flag of Samoa.png Samoa
Plate Flag of Wales.png Wales 48 – 0 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji Flag of Australia.png Australia
Flag of France.png France
Bowl Flag of Scotland.png Scotland 22 – 19 Flag of Canada.jpg Canada Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Flag of United States.png United States
Shield Flag of Zimbabwe.png Zimbabwe 19 – 12 Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya Flag of Morocco.png Morocco
Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal

WellingtonEdit

Main article: 2012 Wellington Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 24 – 7 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji Flag of England.png England
Flag of Samoa.png Samoa
Plate Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 24 – 0 Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga Flag of Canada.jpg Canada
Flag of France.png France
Bowl Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya 12 – 7 Flag of Australia.png Australia Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Flag of Wales.png Wales
Shield Flag of Scotland.png Scotland 19 – 17 Flag of Cook Islands.png Cook Islands Flag of Japan.png Japan
Flag of United States.png United States

USAEdit

Main article: 2012 USA Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 26 – 19 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
Flag of South Africa.png South Africa
Plate Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya 21 – 7 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Flag of England.png England
Flag of Wales.png Wales
Bowl Flag of Canada.jpg Canada 19 – 17 Flag of Australia.png Australia Flag of Japan.png Japan
Flag of United States.png United States
Shield Flag of France.png France 22 – 7 Flag of Scotland.png Scotland Flag of Brazil.png Brazil
Flag of Uruguay.png Uruguay

Hong KongEdit

Main article: 2012 Hong Kong Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of Fiji.png Fiji 35 – 28 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Flag of England.png England
Flag of South Africa.png South Africa
Plate Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 12 – 10 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Flag of Australia.png Australia
Flag of Wales.png Wales
Bowl Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya 14 – 12 Flag of United States.png United States Flag of France.png France
Flag of Scotland.png Scotland
Shield Flag of Canada.jpg Canada 22 – 5 Flag of Spain.jpg Spain Flag of Japan.png Japan
Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal

JapanEdit

Main article: 2012 Japan Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of Australia.png Australia 28 – 26 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa Flag of England.png England
Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand
Plate Flag of Fiji.png Fiji 14 – 10 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Flag of Wales.png Wales
Bowl Flag of France.png France 17 – 12 Flag of United States.png United States Flag of Hong Kong.png Hong Kong
Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal
Shield Flag of Scotland.png Scotland 26 – 12 Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya Flag of Japan.png Japan
Flag of Russia.png Russia

ScotlandEdit

Main article: 2012 Scotland Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 29 – 14 Flag of England.png England Flag of Australia.png Australia
Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
Plate Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 31 – 12 Flag of Wales.png Wales Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Flag of South Africa.png South Africa
Bowl Flag of Russia.png Russia 33 – 19 Flag of Spain.jpg Spain Flag of France.png France
Flag of Scotland.png Scotland
Shield Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya 22 – 14 Flag of United States.png United States Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal
Flag of Zimbabwe.png Zimbabwe

LondonEdit

Main article: 2012 London Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup Flag of Fiji.png Fiji 38 – 15 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand
Plate Flag of Australia.png Australia 14 – 12 Flag of England.png England Flag of South Africa.png South Africa
Flag of Spain.jpg Spain
Bowl Flag of Wales.png Wales 27 – 5 Flag of Scotland.png Scotland Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal
Flag of Zimbabwe.png Zimbabwe
Shield Flag of France.png France 19 – 12 Flag of United States.png United States Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya
Flag of Russia.png Russia

External linksEdit

Template:2011–12 IRB Sevens World Series

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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