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World Rugby Sevens Series
Current season or competition:
31px 2015–16 World Rugby Sevens Series
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Sport Rugby union
Founded 1999
No. of teams 24
Countries Worldwide
Most recent champion(s) Flag of Fiji.png Fiji (2014–15)
Most titles Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand (12 titles)

The World Rugby Sevens Series, known officially as the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series from the 2015-16 season, and before that as the HSBC Sevens World Series since 2010, through sponsorship from banking group HSBC,[1] is an annual series of international rugby sevens tournaments run by World Rugby featuring national sevens teams. The series, organised for the first time as the World Sevens Series in the 1999-2000 season, was formed to develop an elite-level competition series between rugby nations and develop the sevens game into a viable commercial product for World Rugby.

Teams compete for the World Rugby Sevens Series title by accumulating points based on their finishing position in each tournament. New Zealand had originally dominated the Series, winning each of the first six titles from 1999-2000 to 2004-05, but since then, Fiji, South Africa and Samoa have each won titles.

As of the upcoming 2015–16 season, the season's circuit consists of 10 tournaments in 10 countries, and visits five of the six populated continents. Australia, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore, France and England each host one event. Argentina was originally planned to begin hosting a tenth event in the 2012–13 season, giving the tour an event on each continent, but those plans have been shelved indefinitely.[2] The 2015–16 season will see the return of two previous host countries, Singapore and France, which respectively replace Japan and Scotland, as well as a completely new tour stop in Canada.

HistoryEdit

BeginningsEdit

The first international Rugby sevens tournament was held at Scotland which was celebrating a century of the Scottish Rugby Union.[3] Seven international teams took part in the first tournament, which had England taking the trophy. In 1976, the Hong Kong Sevens began before 17 years later the first Rugby World Cup Sevens was held in Scotland.

New Zealand has been by far the dominant force in the World Rugby Sevens Series, winning 11 out of the 14 seasons, and winning the first six seasons. However, since 2005, several other teams have successfully challenged New Zealand's dominance. Fiji, long a power in sevens, were winners in 2005-06; South Africa won in 2008–09; and Samoa claimed the 2009–10 crown. Other strong contenders in recent years have included England, Australia, and Argentina, all of whom have won an event within the last two seasons.[4] Many minor rugby nations have become competitive as well. Eight of the current 15 "core teams" that participate in all series events represent nations that are not within the traditional top tier of the 15-man game—Canada, Fiji, Kenya, Portugal, Russia, Samoa, Tonga and the USA.

Prior to the 2012 qualifying tournament, the most recent addition to the roster of core teams was the USA, which replaced its neighbor Canada for 2008–09.[5]

Tournaments Edit

Event Venue City Joined 2014–15 Winner
United Arab Emirates Dubai The Sevens Dubai 1999–2000 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa
South Africa South Africa Cape Town Stadium Cape Town 2004–05 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa
New Zealand New Zealand Westpac Stadium Wellington 1999–2000 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand
Australia Australia Allianz Stadium[6] Sydney 1999–2000 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
United States USA Sam Boyd Stadium Las Vegas 2004–05 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
Canada Canada BC Place Vancouver 2015–16 N/A
Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium Hong Kong 1999–2000 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji
Singapore Singapore National Stadium Singapore 2015–16 N/A
France France Stade Jean-Bouin Paris 2015–16 N/A
England London Twickenham London 2000–01 Flag of United States.png United States

Tournament hostsEdit

Italics indicates was cancelled

Tournament 99–00 00–01 01–02 02–03 03–04 04–05 05–06 06–07 07–08 08–09
Australia Australia Brisbane Brisbane(2) Brisbane Brisbane Adelaide Adelaide Adelaide
United Arab Emirates UAE Dubai Dubai Dubai Dubai Dubai Dubai Dubai Dubai Dubai
South Africa South Africa Stellenbosch Durban Durban George George George George George George George
New Zealand New Zealand Wellington Wellington Wellington New Zealand Wellington Wellington Wellington Wellington Wellington Wellington
United States USA Los Angeles Los Angeles Los Angeles San Diego San Diego San Diego
Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong
England England London London London London London London London London London
Canada Canada
France France Paris Bordeaux Paris Paris
Singapore Singapore Singapore Singapore Singapore Singapore
Japan Japan Tokyo Tokyo
Scotland Scotland Edinburgh Edinburgh Edinburgh
Argentina Argentina Mar del Plata Mar de Plata
Wales Wales Cardiff Cardiff Cardiff
China China Shanghai Beijing Beijing (3)
Malaysia Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur
Chile Chile Santiago
Uruguay Uruguay Punta del Este
Fiji Fiji Suva
Rounds10 9 / 10 11 7 / 8 8 7 8 8 8 8
Tournament 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16
Australia Australia Adelaide Adelaide Gold Coast Gold Coast Gold Coast Gold Coast Sydney
United Arab Emirates UAE Dubai Dubai Dubai Dubai Dubai Dubai Dubai
South Africa South Africa George George Port Elizabeth Port Elizabeth Port Elizabeth Port Elizabeth Cape Town
New Zealand New Zealand Wellington Wellington Wellington Wellington Wellington Wellington Wellington
United States USA Las Vegas Las Vegas Las Vegas Las Vegas Las Vegas Las Vegas Las Vegas
Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong
England England London London London London London London London
Canada Canada Vancouver
France France Paris
Singapore Singapore Singapore
Japan Japan Tokyo Tokyo Tokyo Tokyo
Scotland Scotland Edinburgh Edinburgh Glasgow Glasgow Glasgow Glasgow
Argentina Argentina
Wales Wales
China China
Malaysia Malaysia
Chile Chile
Uruguay Uruguay
Fiji Fiji
Rounds 8 8 9 9 9 / 10 9 10
1 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.[7]
2 The 2001 Brisbane tournament cancelled by IRB in response to the Australian Government's sporting sanctions against Fiji.[8]
3 The SARS outbreak in Asia prevented the Beijing event being played[9]

TV and mediaEdit

The tour received 1,147 hours of air time in 2005–06; 530 of which was live, and was broadcast to 136 countries.[10] By 2008–09, the hours of air time had increased to over 3,300, with 35 broadcasters airing the series in 139 countries and 15 languages.[11] Broadcast time saw further increases for 2009–10, with 3,561 hours of air time (1,143 hours live) carried by 34 broadcasters in 141 countries and 16 languages.[12] In 2010–11, 3,657 hours of coverage were aired (1,161 hours live), with the same number of broadcasters as the previous season but six new countries added. For that season, Sevens World Series programming was available in 332 million homes worldwide, with a potential audience of 760 million.[13]

SponsorshipEdit

In October 2010, the International Rugby Board announced that they had concluded a 5-year deal with HSBC which granted them status as the first ever title sponsor of the Sevens World Series. Through the accord, HSBC acquired title naming rights to all tournaments in the World Series, beginning with the Dubai Sevens on 3 December 2010.[1] HSBC has since opted to sub-license the naming rights to individual tournaments, while retaining its name sponsorship of the overall series. A renewed, 4-year deal was announced before the 2015–16 Series, this deal was also expanded to include the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series[14]

File:Crowd cheering, Hong Kong Sevens 2009.jpg
Tournament Naming Rights
Tournament Sponsor
Sydney HSBC
Dubai Emirates Airline
South Africa Cell C/Nelson Mandela Bay
New Zealand Hertz
USA No name sponsor
Hong Kong Cathay Pacific/HSBC
Japan No name sponsor
Scotland Emirates Airline
London Marriott

Results by season Edit

Season Rounds Champion (points) Second Third Fourth Fifth Sixth place
1999–00 10 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand (186) Flag of Fiji.png Fiji Flag of Australia.png Australia Flag of Samoa.png Samoa Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of Canada.jpg Canada
2000–01 9 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand (162) Flag of Australia.png Australia Flag of Fiji.png Fiji Flag of Samoa.png Samoa Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
2001–02 11 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand (198) Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of England.png England Flag of Fiji.png Fiji Flag of Australia.png Australia Flag of Samoa.png Samoa
2002–03 7 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand (112) Flag of England.png England Flag of Fiji.png Fiji Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of Australia.png Australia Flag of Samoa.png Samoa
2003–04 8 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand (128) Flag of England.png England Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Flag of Fiji.png Fiji Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of Samoa.png Samoa
2004–05 7 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand (116) Flag of Fiji.png Fiji Flag of England.png England Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Flag of Australia.png Australia
2005–06 8 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji (144) Flag of England.png England Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Flag of Samoa.png Samoa Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
2006–07 8 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand (130) Flag of Fiji.png Fiji Flag of Samoa.png Samoa Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of England.png England Flag of Wales.png Wales
2007–08 8 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand (154) Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of Samoa.png Samoa Flag of Fiji.png Fiji Flag of England.png England Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
2008–09 8 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa (132) Flag of Fiji.png Fiji Flag of England.png England Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya
2009–10 8 Flag of Samoa.png Samoa (164) Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Flag of Australia.png Australia Flag of Fiji.png Fiji Flag of England.png England Flag of South Africa.png South Africa
2010–11 8 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand (166) Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of England.png England Flag of Fiji.png Fiji Flag of Samoa.png Samoa Flag of Australia.png Australia
2011–12 9 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand (167) Flag of Fiji.png Fiji Flag of England.png England Flag of Samoa.png Samoa Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of Australia.png Australia
2012–13 9 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand (173) Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of Fiji.png Fiji Flag of Samoa.png Samoa Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya Flag of England.png England
2013–14 9 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand (180) Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of Fiji.png Fiji Flag of England.png England Flag of Australia.png Australia Flag of Canada.jpg Canada
2014–15 9 Flag of Fiji.png Fiji (164) Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Flag of England.png England Flag of Australia.png Australia Flag of United States.png United States
2015–16 10 In Progress

Team records Edit

Team Champions Runners-up Third Fourth Top-6 Template:Tooltip
Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 12 1 1 2 16
Flag of Fiji.png Fiji 2 5 4 5 16
Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 1 2 4 12
Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 1 6 1 3 16
Flag of England.png England 3 5 2 14
Flag of Australia.png Australia 1 2 10
Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 1 6
Flag of Canada.jpg Canada 2
Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya 2
Flag of United States.png United States 1
Flag of Wales.png Wales 1

Overall tableEdit

The all-time table of the World Series shows the accumulated results of every team that has ever participated. The equity issues to include cases of partial participation in the various stages, even in these cases participation is considered total.

Updated to the 2015 Series

Rank
Team Seasons Points Ø-Points
01. Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 16 2251 140.68
02. Flag of Fiji.png Fiji 16 1936 121
03. Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 16 1649 103.06
04. Flag of England.png England 16 1495 93.43
05. Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 16 1370 85.62
06. Flag of Australia.png Australia 16 1245 77.81
07. Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 16 893 55.81
08. Flag of France.png France 16 536 33.50
09. Flag of Wales.png Wales 15 511 34.06
010. Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya 16 444 27.75
011. Flag of Scotland.png Scotland 16 397 24.81
012. Flag of Canada.jpg Canada 16 374 23.37
013. Flag of United States.png United States 16 324 20.25
014. Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal 16 136 8.5
015. Flag of Tonga.jpg Tonga 15 88 5.86
016. Flag of Spain.jpg Spain 5 67 13.4
017. Flag of Japan.png Japan 13 50 3.84
018. Flag of Cook Islands.png Cook Islands 11 25 2.27
019. Flag of Georgia.png Georgia 8 20 2.50
020. Flag of Zimbabwe.png Zimbabwe 7 18 2.57
021. Flag of Russia.png Russia 16 17 1.06
022. Flag of South Korea.png South Korea 4 16 4.00
023. Flag of Hong Kong.png Hong Kong 12 14 1.16
024. Flag of Papua New Guinea.png Papua New Guinea 5 12 2.4
025. Flag of Uruguay.png Uruguay 12 12 1.00
Rank
Team Seasons Points Ø-Points
026. Flag of Tunisia.png Tunisia 10 10 1.00
027. Flag of Morocco.png Morocco 3 6 2
028. Flag of Chile.png Chile 1 4 4.00
029. Flag of Brazil.png Brazil 2 4 2
030. Flag of Namibia.png Namibia 8 4 0.50
031. Flag of Italy.png Italy 9 4 0.44
032. Template:Country data IRE 8 2 0.25
033. Flag of United Arab Emirates.png United Arab Emirates 1 1 1
033. Flag of American Samoa.png American Samoa 1 1 1
033. 22x20px Belgium 1 1 1
036. Flag of Sri Lanka.png Sri Lanka 7 1 0.14
037. Flag of China.png China 9 1 0.11
037. Flag of Niue.png Niue 9 1 0.11
039. Flag of Germany.png Germany 9 0 0
039. Flag of Mexico.png Mexico 9 0 0
039. Flag of Uganda.png Uganda 9 0 0
039. Flag of Chinese Taipei.png Chinese Taipei 8 0 0
039. Flag of West Indies.png West Indies 8 0 0
039. Flag of Thailand.png Thailand 6 0 0
039. Flag of Singapore.png Singapore 5 0 0
039. Flag of Guyana.png Guyana 3 0 0
039. Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf Arabian Gulf 2 0 0
039. Flag of Malaysia.png Malaysia 1 0 0
039. Flag of Philippines.png Philippines 1 0 0

Core teams, promotion and relegationEdit

A group of 15 "core teams" is announced for each season, based on performances in the previous season, and each core team has a guaranteed place in all of that season's events. The core teams have been selected through a designated promotion/relegation process since the 2012-13 season. The core teams for the 2015-16 season are:

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Through the 2011–12 series, the number of core teams was 12,[15] but the number of core teams was expanded to 15 for 2012–13.[16] The three extra teams were determined by a 12-team qualifying tournament held as part of the 2012 Hong Kong Sevens.[17] The increase in the number of core teams did not directly lead to an increase in the size of the existing tournaments. However, two of the events were expanded because they became part of the IRB's new promotion and relegation system for core teams.

In the 2012–13 season, the top 12 core teams in the season table after the next-to-last round of the series in Glasgow retained their status for the following season. The remaining three core teams for 2013–14 were determined in a two-stage qualifying process:[18]

  • The first stage was a World Series Qualifier held as part of the Hong Kong Sevens. Two qualifiers from each of the IRB's six regions competed. The 12 teams were drawn into pools, with the top eight teams advancing to a quarterfinal round. The winners of the four quarterfinal matches advanced to the final qualifying stage.
  • The final qualifying stage, the World Series Core Team Qualifier, was held as part of the London Sevens. The qualifying teams were joined by the winner of the HSBC Asian Sevens Series, plus the bottom three core teams following the Scotland Sevens. The qualifying tournament was conducted with a pool stage followed by knockout play, with the two finalists and the winner of the third-place match becoming core teams for the following season.

The IRB announced significant changes to the core team promotion/relegation process, effective with the 2013–14 series, on 9 October 2013:[19]

  • The number of promotion/relegation places will be reduced from three to one.
  • The Pre-Qualifier will be folded into the Core Team Qualifier, which will involve 12 teams determined in regional qualifying and will be contested entirely at the Hong Kong Sevens. The champion of the Qualifier will receive core team status for the following season's series.
  • Relegation will be determined at the end of the London Sevens. The bottom-placed core team will be automatically relegated, with no opportunity to retain core status.

Format Edit

Sevens is a stripped-down version of rugby union from Scotland with seven players each side on a normal-sized field. Games are much shorter, lasting only seven or ten minutes each half, and tend to be very fast-paced, open affairs. The game is quicker and higher-scoring than 15-a-side rugby and the rules are far simpler, which explains part of its appeal. It also gives players the space for superb feats of individual skill.

Sevens is traditionally played in a two-day tournament format, with the Hong Kong Sevens (an anomaly as a three-day event) being the most famous. Currently, in a normal event, 16 teams are entered. The Hong Kong Sevens had 24 teams through the 2011–12 series, but has featured 28 teams since 2012–13, with 15 core teams and the winner of the HSBC Asian Sevens Series competing for series points. At the 2013 event, the remaining 12 teams were those in the World Series Pre-Qualifier;[18] from 2014 forward, the remaining 12 teams are those in the Core Team Qualifier.[19] In 2012–13, the season-ending London Sevens expanded to 20 teams, with 12 competing for series points and eight involved in the Core Team Qualifier.[18] With the promotion place now determined at the Hong Kong Sevens, the London Sevens will revert to the traditional 16-team format in 2013–14. World Rugby operates satellite tournaments in each continent alongside the Sevens World Series which serve as qualifiers for Series events;[5] in 2012–13 they also determined the entrants in the World Series Pre-Qualifier,[18] and from 2013–14 determine the entrants in the Core Team Qualifier.[19]

In each tournament, the teams are divided into pools of four teams, who play a round-robin within the pool. Points are awarded in each pool on a different schedule from most rugby tournaments—3 for a win, 2 for a draw, 1 for a loss, 0 for a no-show. In case teams are tied after pool play, the tiebreakers are:[20]

  1. Head-to-head result between the tied teams.
  2. Difference in points scored and allowed during pool play.
  3. Difference in tries scored and allowed during pool play.
  4. Points scored during pool play.
  5. Coin toss.

As of the 2009–10 series, four trophies are awarded in each tournament. In descending order of prestige, they are the Cup, whose winner is the overall tournament champion, Plate, Bowl and Shield. In Hong Kong, the Shield was awarded for the first time in 2010.[21] Each trophy is awarded at the end of a knockout tournament.

In a normal event, the top two teams in each pool advance to the Cup competition. The four quarterfinal losers drop into the bracket for the Plate. The Bowl is contested by the third and fourth-place finishers in each pool, while the Shield is contested by the losing quarterfinalists of the Bowl.

Originally, the six pool winners of the Hong Kong Sevens, plus the two highest-finishing second-place teams, advanced to the Cup. In 2010 and 2011, a different system was used:[22]

  • The losing quarterfinalists in the Cup competition contested the Plate competition.
  • The four remaining second-place teams and the four best third-place teams, which contested the Plate in previous years, competed for the Bowl.
  • The remaining eight teams in the competition, which contested the Bowl in previous years, competed for the Shield.

In the transitional year of 2012, the Hong Kong Sevens was split into two separate competitions. The 12 core teams competed for the Cup, Plate and Bowl under a format similar to that of a regular event. The 12 invited teams all competed for the Shield, with the top three sides in that competition also earning core status for 2012–13. From 2013 on, the four trophies in Hong Kong will be contested under the same format used in regular 16-team tournaments. Only the 15 core teams, plus the winner of the HSBC Asian Sevens Series, now compete in the main draw of that event.

A third-place match is now conducted between the losing Cup semifinalists in all tournaments; this was introduced for the 2011–12 series.[23]

Player awards by season Edit

Season Rounds Top Scorer Most tries[24] Player of the Year
1999–00 10 Fiji Vilimoni Delasau (83) No Award
2000–01 9 New Zealand Karl Te Nana (42) No Award
2001–02 11 South Africa Brent Russell (46) No Award
2002–03 7 Fiji Nasoni Roko (39) No Award
2003–04 8 South Africa Fabian Juries &
England Rob Thirlby (39)
England Simon Amor
2004–05 7 Samoa David Lemi (46) New Zealand Orene Ai'i
2005–06 8 England Ben Gollings (343) Samoa Timoteo Iosua (40) Samoa Uale Mai
2006–07 8 Fiji William Ryder (416) Samoa Mikaele Pesamino (43) New Zealand Afeleke Pelenise
2007–08 8 New Zealand Tomasi Cama Jr. (319) South Africa Fabian Juries (41) New Zealand DJ Forbes
2008–09 8 England Ben Gollings (260) Kenya Collins Injera (42) England Ollie Phillips
2009–10 8 England Ben Gollings (332) Samoa Mikaele Pesamino (56) Samoa Mikaele Pesamino
2010–11 8 South Africa Cecil Afrika (381) South Africa Cecil Afrika (40) South Africa Cecil Afrika
2011–12 9 New Zealand Tomasi Cama Jr. (390) England Matt Turner (38) New Zealand Tomasi Cama Jr.
2012–13 9 England Dan Norton (264) England Dan Norton (52) New Zealand Tim Mikkelson
2013–14 9 England Tom Mitchell (358) Fiji Samisoni Viriviri (52) Fiji Samisoni Viriviri
2014–15 9 Fiji Osea Kolinisau (312) South Africa Seabelo Senatla (47) South Africa Werner Kok

Player recordsEdit

Players in bold are active.

TriesEdit

Top all-time try-scorers
Player Nationality Tries
Santiago Gomez Cora Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 230
Ben Gollings Flag of England.png England 220
Collins Injera Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya 214
Dan Norton Flag of England.png England 191
Fabian Juries Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 179
Tim Mikkelson Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 165
Mikaele Pesamino Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 161
Andrew Turnbull Flag of Scotland.png Scotland 151
Humphrey Kayange Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya 149
Tomasi Cama Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 145
Uale Mai Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 142
Top active try-scorers
Player Nationality Tries Age
Collins Injera Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya 214 Template:Age
Dan Norton Flag of England.png England 191 Template:Age
Tim Mikkelson Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 165 Template:Age
Humphrey Kayange Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya 149 Template:Age
DJ Forbes Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 133 Template:Age
Zack Test Flag of United States.png United States 129 Template:Age
Cecil Afrika Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 124 Template:Age
Sean Duke Flag of Canada.jpg Canada 123 Template:Age
Seabelo Senatla Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 116 Template:Age

Updated 7 February 2016

PointsEdit

Top all-time point-scorers
Player Nationality Points
Ben Gollings Flag of England.png England 2,652
Tomasi Cama Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 2,026
Colin Gregor Flag of Scotland.png Scotland 1,345
Uale Mai Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 1,320
Waisale Serevi Flag of Fiji.png Fiji 1,310
Santiago Gomez Cora Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 1,178
Lolo Lui Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 1,162
Pedro Leal Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal 1,154
Amasio Raoma Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 1,124
Collins Injera Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya 1,069
Top active point-scorers
Player Nationality Points
Pedro Leal Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal 1,154
Collins Injera Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya 1,069
Cecil Afrika Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 1,019
Dan Norton Flag of England.png England 964
Phil Mack Flag of Canada.jpg Canada 922
Paul Albaladejo Flag of France.png France 891
Osea Kolinisau Flag of Fiji.png Fiji 821
Tim Mikkelson Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 810
Branco Du Preez Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 794

Updated: 6 December 2015

AppearancesEdit

Top all-time appearances
Player Nationality Apps
Uale Mai Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 79
DJ Forbes Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 75
Ben Gollings Flag of England.png England 70
Frankie Horne Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 66
Lote Raikabula Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 63
James Rodwell Flag of England.png England 62
Santiago Gomez Cora Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 61
Tomasi Cama Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 60
Humphrey Kayange Flag of Kenya.jpg Kenya 57
Andrew Turnbull Flag of Scotland.png Scotland 56

Updated 04 December 2015

Points schedule Edit

The season championship is determined by points earned in each tournament. World Rugby introduced a new scoring system for the 2011–12 series, in which all teams participating in a tournament are guaranteed points. Initially, World Rugby announced the new points schedule only for the standard 16-team events; the allocations for the Hong Kong Sevens were announced later.[23]

Starting with the 2012–13 series, all events have 16 teams competing for series points, except for the 2013 edition of the London Sevens (in which only 12 teams competed for series points).

  • 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

If two or more teams are level on series points at the end of the season, the following tiebreakers are used to determine placement:[20]

  1. Overall difference in points scored and allowed during the season.
  2. Total try count during the season.
  3. If neither of the above produces a winner, the teams are considered tied.

See alsoEdit

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 International Rugby Board (5 October 2010). HSBC first Sevens World Series title sponsor. Press release. Retrieved on 5 October 2010.
  2. Script error
  3. "Scotland.org - September 2007 Try and Try again". Archived from the original on 2009-07-21. http://www.scotland.org/about/entertainment-and-sport/features/culture/scottish-rugby.html. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  4. International Rugby Board (1 June 2010). Dates set for 2010/11 IRB Sevens World Series. Press release. Retrieved on 2 June 2010.
  5. 5.0 5.1 International Rugby Board (22 September 2008). USA Rugby receives major Sevens boost. Press release. Retrieved on 5 March 2009.
  6. "Sydney to host Australia World Rugby Sevens Series event from 2015-16". World Rugby. http://www.worldrugby.org/news/60447. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  7. "HSBC Sevens World Series expands to 10 rounds". irbsevens.com. 2012-06-26. http://www.irbsevens.com/news/newsid=2063150.html. 
  8. Script error
  9. "IRB Sevens World Series 2002/03". International Rugby Board. https://web.archive.org/web/20090220191612/http://www.irb.com/irbsevens/archive/tcode=1090/season=2002/overview.html. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  10. Script error
  11. International Rugby Board (24 July 2009). Record numbers tune in to Sevens rugby. Press release. Retrieved on 26 July 2009.
  12. International Rugby Board (10 September 2010). Sevens enjoys more record broadcast figures. Press release. Retrieved on 5 October 2010.
  13. International Rugby Board (10 August 2011). More TV records for HSBC Sevens World Series. Press release. Retrieved on 10 August 2011.
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  15. International Rugby Board (8 September 2011). Teams announced for Gold Coast kickoff. Press release. Retrieved on 22 September 2011.
  16. International Rugby Board (22 March 2012). Who will join the Sevens elite?. Press release. Retrieved on 28 March 2012.
  17. International Rugby Board (25 March 2012). Tears of joy for World Series qualifiers. Press release. Retrieved on 28 March 2012.
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 International Rugby Board (21 February 2013). Pools confimed for Hong Kong Sevens. Press release. Retrieved on 11 October 2013.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 International Rugby Board (9 October 2013). One up one down for HSBC World Sevens Series. Press release. Retrieved on 11 October 2013.
  20. 20.0 20.1 "2006-07 IRB Sevens World Series Media Guide" (PDF). International Rugby Board. Archived from the original on 3 July 2007. https://web.archive.org/web/20070703041321/http://www.irbsevens.com/NR/rdonlyres/7A7C20FC-056B-4CE6-B5A5-D4F6ECBF40F7/0/061026SL7sguidegeneric.pdf. Retrieved 10 February 2007. 
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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
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