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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.

ItineraryEdit

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.[1] 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.

2012–13 Itinerary[1]
Leg Venue Date Winner
Australia Skilled Park, Gold Coast 13–14 October 2012 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
Dubai The Sevens, Dubai 30 Nov–1 Dec 2012 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa
South Africa Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth 8–9 December 2012 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand
New Zealand Westpac Stadium, Wellington 1–2 February 2013 Flag of England.png England
United States Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas 8–10 February 2013 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa
Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong 22–24 March 2013 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
Japan Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo 30–31 March 2013 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa
Scotland Scotstoun Stadium. Glasgow 4–5 May 2013 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa
England Twickenham, London 11–12 May 2013 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand

Core teamsEdit

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:[2][3]

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:[4]

  • 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,[5] 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.

TableEdit

Legend
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
2012–13 Standings[6]
Pos. Country Australia Dubai South Africa New Zealand USA Hong Kong Japan Scotland England Overall
1 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 19 19 22 17 19 17 19 19 22 173
2 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 17 7 17 10 22 5 22 22 10 132
3 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji 22 10 12 7 15 22 10 10 13 121
4 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 10 22 7 15 17 13 10 5 5 104
5 Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya 15 17 5 19 1 15 5 7 15 99
6 Flag of England.png England 7 3 5 22 5 8 8 17 17 92
7 Flag of Wales.png Wales 5 13 13 3 10 19 5 15 8 91
8 Flag of Australia.png Australia 10 1 8 13 3 10 17 8 19 89
9 Flag of France.png France 12 15 19 5 8 3 15 3 7 87
10 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 13 8 15 10 7 2 7 12 10 84
11 Flag of United States.png United States 2 5 10 1 10 5 13 13 12 71
12 Flag of Canada.jpg Canada 5 12 1 8 13 12 3 10 5 69
13 Flag of Scotland.png Scotland 3 5 1 12 12 1 12 5 51
14 Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal 1 10 10 1 1 10 1 1 35
15 Flag of Spain.jpg Spain 8 2 3 5 5 1 1 1 26
16 Flag of Hong Kong.png Hong Kong 7 7
17 Flag of Russia.png Russia 1 2 3
Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga 1 2 3
19 Flag of Japan.png Japan 2 2
Flag of Uruguay.png Uruguay 2 2
Flag of Zimbabwe.png Zimbabwe 2 2
22 Flag of Georgia.png Georgia 0

TournamentsEdit

Gold CoastEdit

Main article: 2012 Gold Coast Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup Flag of Fiji.png Fiji 32–14 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya
Flag of South Africa.png South Africa
Plate Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 14–7 Flag of France.png France Flag of Australia.png Australia
Flag of Samoa.png Samoa
Bowl Flag of Spain.jpg Spain 19–14 Flag of England.png England Flag of Canada.jpg Canada
Flag of Wales.png Wales
Shield Flag of Scotland.png Scotland 40–5 Flag of United States.png United States Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal
Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga

DubaiEdit

Main article: 2012 Dubai Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 26–15 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Flag of France.png France
Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya
Plate Flag of Wales.png Wales 21–14 Flag of Canada.jpg Canada Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal
Bowl Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 14–10 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of Scotland.png Scotland
Flag of United States.png United States
Shield Flag of England.png England 26–5 Flag of Spain.jpg Spain Flag of Australia.png Australia
Flag of Russia.png Russia

South AfricaEdit

Main article: 2012 South Africa Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 47–12 Flag of France.png France Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Flag of South Africa.png South Africa
Plate Flag of Wales.png Wales 26–14 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal
Flag of United States.png United States
Bowl Flag of Australia.png Australia 26–14 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa Flag of England.png England
Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya
Shield Flag of Spain.jpg Spain 33–0 Flag of Zimbabwe.png Zimbabwe Flag of Canada.jpg Canada
Flag of Scotland.png Scotland

WellingtonEdit

Main article: 2013 Wellington Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup Flag of England.png England 24–19 Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand
Flag of Samoa.png Samoa
Plate Flag of Australia.png Australia 22–7 Flag of Scotland.png Scotland Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Flag of South Africa.png South Africa
Bowl Flag of Canada.jpg Canada 28–19 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji Flag of France.png France
Flag of Spain.jpg Spain
Shield Flag of Wales.png Wales 26–21 Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal
Flag of United States.png United States

United StatesEdit

Main article: 2013 USA Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 40–21 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
Flag of Samoa.png Samoa
Plate Flag of Canada.jpg Canada 22–5 Flag of Scotland.png Scotland Flag of United States.png United States
Flag of Wales.png Wales
Bowl Flag of France.png France 17–12 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Flag of England.png England
Flag of Spain.jpg Spain
Shield Flag of Australia.png Australia 41–0 Flag of Uruguay.png Uruguay Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya
Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal

Hong KongEdit

Main article: 2013 Hong Kong Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup Flag of Fiji.png Fiji 26–19 Flag of Wales.png Wales Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand
Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya
Plate Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 12–7 Flag of Canada.jpg Canada Flag of Australia.png Australia
Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal
Bowl Flag of England.png England 42–7 Flag of Hong Kong.png Hong Kong Flag of United States.png United States
Flag of South Africa.png South Africa
Shield Flag of France.png France 19–14 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Flag of Scotland.png Scotland
Flag of Spain.jpg Spain
World Series
pre-qualifier
Flag of Zimbabwe.png Zimbabwe 22–19 Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga Flag of Russia.png Russia
Flag of Georgia.png Georgia

JapanEdit

Main article: 2013 Japan Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 24–19 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Flag of Australia.png Australia
Flag of France.png France
Plate Flag of United States.png United States 17–0 Flag of Scotland.png Scotland Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
Flag of Samoa.png Samoa
Bowl Flag of England.png England 38–0 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya
Flag of Wales.png Wales
Shield Flag of Canada.jpg Canada 27–14 Flag of Japan.png Japan Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal
Flag of Spain.jpg Spain

ScotlandEdit

Main article: 2013 Scotland Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 28–21 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Flag of England.png England
Flag of Wales.png Wales
Plate Flag of United States.png United States 17–7 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Flag of Canada.jpg Canada
Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
Bowl Flag of Australia.png Australia 12–5 Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya Flag of Samoa.png Samoa
Flag of Scotland.png Scotland
Shield Flag of France.png France 21–17 Flag of Russia.png Russia Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal
Flag of Spain.jpg Spain

LondonEdit

Main article: 2013 London Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 47–12 Flag of Australia.png Australia Flag of England.png England
Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya
Plate Flag of Fiji.png Fiji 14–5 Flag of United States.png United States Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
Flag of South Africa.png South Africa
Bowl Flag of Wales.png Wales 19–7 Flag of France.png France Flag of Canada.jpg Canada
Flag of Samoa.png Samoa

ReferencesEdit

  1. 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. 
  2. International Rugby Board (22 March 2012). Who will join the Sevens elite?. Press release. Retrieved on 28 March 2012.
  3. International Rugby Board (25 March 2012). Tears of joy for World Series qualifiers. Press release. Retrieved on 28 March 2012.
  4. "HSBC World Sevens Series: Series Qualifying". International Rugby Board. http://irbsevens.com/seriesinfo/qualifying.html. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  5. International Rugby Board (15 October 2012). HK win Mumbai Sevens to claim Asia Series. Press release. Retrieved on 21 October 2012.
  6. "HSBC Sevens World Series Standings". International Rugby Board. http://www.irbsevens.com/standings.html. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 

External linksEdit

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