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2012 Sevens Grand Prix Series
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Host nations Flag of France France
Flag of Russia Russia
Template:Country data Denmark
Date 2 June 2012 - 8 July 2012
Nations 16
Final positions
Champions Flag of England.png England
Runners-up Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal
Tournament details
Top try scorer England Nick Royle, Wales Tom Williams (GPS 1)
Wales Williams Thomas (GPS 2)
Portugal Duarte Moreira (GPS 3)

2012 Sevens Grand Prix Series was the 11th round of the Sevens Grand Prix Series (formerly known as the European Sevens Championship) for rugby sevens organised by the FIRA – Association of European Rugby. The series was held in three phases (GPS 1-3)hosted by France (Lyon), Russia (Moscow) and Denmark (Odense).[1] The tournament was won by France, who defeated Portugal 21–12 in the final. England, winner of the first two phases of the tournament, were considered to be favourites but eliminated by France in the quarter-finals. England were the overall champions of the tournament.

QualificationEdit

The top 12 teams in 2011 qualified for GPS 1 in Lyon.[2] Team rankings after GPS 1 decided the standings for GPS 2 in Moscow, which decided rankings for GPS 3.[3] For GPS 3, Denmark got direct 16th spot and three more teams from Division A promoted for the Grand Prix Series.[3][4]

GPS 1
# Teams
1 Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal
2 Flag of England.png England
3 Flag of Spain.jpg Spain
4 Flag of Russia.png Russia
5 Flag of France.png France
6 Flag of Georgia.png Georgia
7 Flag of Scotland.png Scotland
8 Flag of Italy.png Italy
9 Flag of Wales.png Wales
10 Flag of Ukraine.png Ukraine
11 Flag of Netherlands.png Netherlands
12 Flag of Germany.png Germany
GPS 2
# Teams
1 Flag of England.png England
2 Flag of France.png France
3 Flag of Russia.png Russia
4 Flag of Spain.jpg Spain
5 Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal
6 Flag of Ukraine.png Ukraine
7 Flag of Wales.png Wales
8 Flag of Scotland.png Scotland
9 Flag of Germany.png Germany
10 Flag of Italy.png Italy
11 Flag of Georgia.png Georgia
12 Flag of Netherlands.png Netherlands
GPS 3
# Teams
1 Flag of England.png England
2 Flag of France.png France
3 Flag of Russia.png Russia
4 Flag of Spain.jpg Spain
5 Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal
6 Flag of Ukraine.png Ukraine
7 Flag of Wales.png Wales
8 Flag of Scotland.png Scotland
9 Flag of Germany.png Germany
10 Flag of Italy.png Italy
11 Flag of Georgia.png Georgia
12 Flag of Netherlands.png Netherlands
13 Flag of Romania.png Romania
14 22x20px Belgium
15 Template:Country data LIT
16 Template:Country data DEN

ResultsEdit

Date Venue Winner Runner-up Third Ref
2–3 June Matmut Stadium (Lyon) Flag of England.png England Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal Flag of Spain.jpg Spain [5]
30 June and 1 July Luzhniki Stadium (Moscow) Flag of England.png England Flag of France.png France Flag of Russia.png Russia [6][7]
7–8 July Odense Stadium, (Odense) Flag of France.png France Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal Flag of Wales.png Wales [8]

GPS 1Edit

The twelve teams were divided into two pools (A and B), with six members each. Each of the teams played with the other members in its pool once and then the two top teams in each of the two pools moved over to semifinals, the winners of which played against each other in the finals.[9]

Portugal and England succeeded to final. Portugal lost only one pool (pool A) match against France with a points difference of nil to 31, whilst English team did not lose a single match.[5][10] In the semifinals, England played against fellow home nation Wales and Portugal faced Spanish team.[11] The final of Grand Prix Series 1 was played in between England and Portugal on 3 June 2012, which was won 14–26 by England and thus won the first leg of the 2012 Sevens Grand Prix Series.[12]

Final match details
3 June 2012
17:26
Portugal Flag of Portugal.jpg 14–26 Flag of England.png England Matmut Stadium
Referee: Alexander Ruiz
Try: Valente 4'
Leal 20'
Con: Leal 5'
Leal 20'
Report Try: Vilk 2'
Vilk 10'
Brake 12'
Royle 16'
Con: Bibby 3'
Bibby 10'
Bibby 12'

GPS 2Edit

The Grand Prix Series 2 held in Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, on 30 June and 1 July 2012. England and France were the top teams of pool A and pool B, respectively. Both of the teams won all their pool matches. England defeated Spain in the semifinal with a points difference of 22 to 7, and France entered the final after winning the lowest-scoring match of the GPS 2 against Russia, winning the match by 7–0.[7] The final of the GPS 2 held on 1 July between England and France, which was won by the English team by 21–15.[13]

Final match details
1 July 2012
18:50
England Flag of England.png 21–15 Flag of France.png France Luzhniki Stadium
Referee: C. Passacantando
Try: Rodwell 1'
Bibby 8'
Bibby 16'
Con: Bibby 1'
Bibby 8'
Bibby 16'
Report Try: Candelon 3'
Albaladejo 14'
Dall Igna 19'

GPS 3Edit

Sixteen teams participated in the Grand Prix Series 3 held in Odense on 7 and 8 July 2012. It was the final phase of the 2012 Sevens Grand Prix Series. The sixteen teams were divided into four pools (A, B, C and D), with four members each. Each of the teams played with the other members in its pool once and then the two top teams in each of the four pools moved over to quarter-finals. The winner of each quarter-final match succeeded to semifinals and the winners of which played against each other in the finals.[14]

England, winner of the first two rounds of the competition, were considered to be the favourites, but they lost to France in quarter-finals.[15][16] In the final, France and Portugal competed for the Championship Cup. France, maintaining their winning streak, defeated Portugal by 21–12.[17][18]

Final match details
8 July 2012
18:58
Portugal Flag of Portugal.jpg 12–21 Flag of France.png France Odense Stadium
Referee: Luke Pearce (England)
Try: Moreira 16'
Valente 20'
Con: Leal 16'
Report Try: Candelon 1'
Mazoue 3'
Dall Igna 9'
Con: Albaladejo 2'
Albaladejo 3'
Albaladejo 9'

Final standingsEdit

# Teams
1 Flag of England.png England
2 Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal
3 Flag of Wales.png Wales
4 Flag of Spain.jpg Spain
5 Flag of Georgia.png Georgia
6 Flag of France.png France
7 Flag of Russia.png Russia
8 Flag of Scotland.png Scotland
9 Flag of Italy.png Italy
10 Flag of Netherlands.png Netherlands
11 Flag of Germany.png Germany
12 Flag of Ukraine.png Ukraine
13 22x20px Belgium
14 Flag of Romania.png Romania
15 Template:Country data LIT
16 Template:Country data DEN

NotesEdit

  1. "2012 - Grand Prix Series". fira-aer-rugby.com. FIRA – Association of European Rugby. http://www.fira-aer-rugby.com/competition-34.htm. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  2. Men's 7’S Grand Prix Series 2012 Tournament Manual, p. 19.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Men's 7’S Grand Prix Series 2012 Tournament Manual, p. 8.
  4. "Last 7's Grand Prix Series in Odense in live on Dailymotion". fira-aer-rugby.com. FIRA – Association of European Rugby. http://www.fira-aer-rugby.com/article-336.htm. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "2012 Grand Prix Series – GPS 1 - Lyon (FR)". fira-aer-rugby.com. FIRA – Association of European Rugby. http://www.fira-aer-rugby.com/group-91.htm. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  6. Script error
  7. 7.0 7.1 "2012 Grand Prix Series – GPS 2 - Moscow (RU)". fira-aer-rugby.com. FIRA – Association of European Rugby. http://www.fira-aer-rugby.com/group-119.htm. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  8. "2012 Grand Prix Series – GPS 3 Odense (DK)". fira-aer-rugby.com. FIRA – Association of European Rugby. http://www.fira-aer-rugby.com/group-124.htm. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  9. Men's 7’S Grand Prix Series 2012 Tournament Manual, pp. 19–21.
  10. "2012 Grand Prix Series – GPS 1 Lyon (FR) – Pools matchs – Pool A". fira-aer-rugby.com. FIRA – Association of European Rugby. http://www.fira-aer-rugby.com/match-1558.htm. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  11. "2012 Grand Prix Series – GPS 1 Lyon (FR) – Semifinals – Cup". fira-aer-rugby.com. FIRA – Association of European Rugby. http://www.fira-aer-rugby.com/match-1780.htm. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  12. "2012 Grand Prix Series – GPS 1 Lyon (FR) – Finals – Cup". fira-aer-rugby.com. FIRA – Association of European Rugby. http://www.fira-aer-rugby.com/match-1793.htm. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  13. "2012 Grand Prix Series – GPS 2 Moscow (RU) – Finals – Cup". fira-aer-rugby.com. FIRA – Association of European Rugby. http://www.fira-aer-rugby.com/match-2036.htm. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  14. Men's 7’S Grand Prix Series 2012 Tournament Manual, p. 24.
  15. Lestang, Rémi (6 July 2012). "Seven's : L'étape d'Odense en direct ce week-end" (in French). lerugbynistere.fr. Le Rugbynistère. http://www.lerugbynistere.fr/videos/seven-etape-odense-direct-week-end-0607121722.php. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  16. "2012 Grand Prix Series – GPS 3 Odense (DK) – Quarter-Finals – Cup + Plate". fira-aer-rugby.com. FIRA – Association of European Rugby. http://www.fira-aer-rugby.com/match-2068.htm. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  17. "2012 Grand Prix Series – GPS 3 Odense (DK) – Finals – Cup". fira-aer-rugby.com. FIRA – Association of European Rugby. http://www.fira-aer-rugby.com/match-2084.htm. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  18. "La France remporte le tournoi d'Odense" (in French). lerugbynistere.fr. Le Rugbynistère. 8 July 2012. http://www.rugbyrama.fr/rugby/rugby-a-xiii/2007/la-france-s-impose_sto3340763/story.shtml. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 

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