The 2012–13 IRB Sevens World Series, known for sponsorship reasons as the HSBC Sevens World Series, was the 14th annual series of rugby union sevens tournaments for full national sides run by the International Rugby Board since 1999–2000.
The schedule for the 2012–13 Series was released to the general public in late June 2012. At the time, the schedule included a new event to be held in La Plata, Argentina. However, on 16 August, the Argentine Rugby Union pulled out of hosting an event in 2012–13, citing demands associated with the country's 2012 entry into The Rugby Championship.
|Australia||Skilled Park, Gold Coast||13–14 October 2012||Fiji|
|Dubai||The Sevens, Dubai||30 Nov–1 Dec 2012||Samoa|
|South Africa||Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth||8–9 December 2012||New Zealand|
|New Zealand||Westpac Stadium, Wellington||1–2 February 2013||England|
|United States||Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas||8–10 February 2013||South Africa|
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong||22–24 March 2013||Fiji|
|Japan||Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo||30–31 March 2013||South Africa|
|Scotland||Scotstoun Stadium. Glasgow||4–5 May 2013||South Africa|
|England||Twickenham, London||11–12 May 2013||New Zealand|
Before each season, the IRB announces the "core teams" that received guaranteed berths in each event of that season's series. This was the first series in which 15 teams received this status, up from 12 in the recent past. All 12 core teams from 2011–12 retained their status, with three more being elevated as top finishers in a 12-team qualifying tournament conducted as part of the 2012 Hong Kong Sevens. The 2012–13 core teams are:
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- United States
Promotion and relegationEdit
For the first time, the IRB instituted a formal promotion and relegation process for core team status in the Sevens World Series, replacing the former ad hoc process. The top 12 core teams in the season table after the next-to-last round of the series in Glasgow retained their status for 2013–14. The remaining three core teams for 2013–14 are being determined in a two-stage qualifying process:
- The first stage was a World Series Pre-Qualifier held as part of the 2013 Hong Kong Sevens. Two qualifiers from each of the IRB's six regions competed. The 12 teams were drawn into three pools, with the top two teams from each pool, plus the top two runners-up, advancing to a quarterfinal round. The winners of the four quarterfinal matches (Russia, Zimbabwe, Tonga, and Georgia) advanced to the second stage.
- The final stage, the World Series Core Team Qualifier, was held as part of the 2013 London Sevens. The pre-qualifiers were joined by Hong Kong, which earned its spot by winning the HSBC Asian Sevens Series, plus the bottom three core teams following the Scotland Sevens. The qualifier was conducted with a pool stage followed by knockout play, with the two finalists and the winner of the third-place match becoming 2013–14 core teams.
|2013-14 IRB Sevens World Series automatic top-12 core|
|2013-14 IRB Sevens World Series core team qualifier|
|2013 London Sevens core team qualifier tournament|
|Pos.||Country||Australia||Dubai||South Africa||New Zealand||USA||Hong Kong||Japan||Scotland||England||Overall|
- Main article: 2012 Gold Coast Sevens
|Cup||Fiji||32–14||New Zealand|| Kenya|
|Shield||Scotland||40–5||United States|| Portugal|
- Main article: 2012 Dubai Sevens
|Cup||Samoa||26–15||New Zealand|| France|
|Bowl||Argentina||14–10||South Africa|| Scotland|
- Main article: 2012 South Africa Sevens
|Cup||New Zealand||47–12||France|| Argentina|
- Main article: 2013 Wellington Sevens
|Cup||England||24–19||Kenya|| New Zealand|
- Main article: 2013 USA Sevens
|Cup||South Africa||40–21||New Zealand|| Fiji|
|Plate||Canada||22–5||Scotland|| United States|
- Main article: 2013 Hong Kong Sevens
|Cup||Fiji||26–19||Wales|| New Zealand|
|Bowl||England||42–7||Hong Kong|| United States|
- Main article: 2013 Japan Sevens
|Cup||South Africa||24–19||New Zealand|| Australia|
|Plate||United States||17–0||Scotland|| Fiji|
- Main article: 2013 Scotland Sevens
|Cup||South Africa||28–21||New Zealand|| England|
|Plate||United States||17–7||Argentina|| Canada|
- Main article: 2013 London Sevens
|Cup||New Zealand||47–12||Australia|| England|
|Plate||Fiji||14–5||United States|| Argentina|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "HSBC Sevens World Series expands to 10 rounds". irbsevens.com. 2012-06-26. http://www.irbsevens.com/news/newsid=2063150.html.
- ↑ International Rugby Board (22 March 2012). Who will join the Sevens elite?. Press release. Retrieved on 28 March 2012.
- ↑ International Rugby Board (25 March 2012). Tears of joy for World Series qualifiers. Press release. Retrieved on 28 March 2012.
- ↑ "HSBC World Sevens Series: Series Qualifying". International Rugby Board. http://irbsevens.com/seriesinfo/qualifying.html. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
- ↑ International Rugby Board (15 October 2012). HK win Mumbai Sevens to claim Asia Series. Press release. Retrieved on 21 October 2012.
- ↑ "HSBC Sevens World Series Standings". International Rugby Board. http://www.irbsevens.com/standings.html. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
|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|