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Encyclopedia > IRB Sevens World Series

The IRB Sevens World Series, known officially as the IRB Sevens before the 2006-07 season and also sometimes called the World Sevens Series, is a series of international rugby union sevens tournaments organised for the first time in the 1999-2000 season. The tournaments, run by the International Rugby Board, feature national sevens teams. The series was first formed to develop an elite-level competition series between rugby nations and develop the Sevens game into a viable commercial product of the IRB. All international teams compete for the Sevens World Series title by accumulating points based on their respective finishes in each of these tournaments. The tournaments span the globe, with the following events included in the 2006-07 tour: Rugby sevens is a variant of rugby football in which only seven players per side feature. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... The International Rugby Board (IRB; known until 1998 as the International Rugby Football Board (IRFB)) and headquartered on St. ... The 2005-06 IRB Sevens World Series will be the eighth of an annual series of rugby union sevens tournaments run by the International Rugby Board since 1999-2000. ...

In 2005-06, the most famous Sevens event, the Hong Kong Sevens, returned to the series after a one-year hiatus in 2004-05 for the IRB Rugby World Cup Sevens, which was held in Hong Kong in March 2005 and won by Fiji. An annual rugby union sevens tournament held in Dubai each year at the Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground. ... December 1 is the 335th (in leap years the 336th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... December 2 is the 336th day (337th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... George is the administrative capital of the Western Cape Province, South Africa. ... December 8 is the 342nd day (343rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... December 9 is the 343rd day (344th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... External shot of the main entrance to Westpac Stadium, emphasising the Cake Tin aspect. ... Wellington (Te Whanganui-a-Tara or Poneke in Māori) is the capital of New Zealand, the countrys second largest urban area and the most populous national capital in Oceania. ... February 2 is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... February 3 is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) will be a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... PETCO Park is an open-air stadium in downtown San Diego, California. ... Nickname: Americas Finest City Location of San Diego within San Diego County Coordinates: Country United States State California County San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders City Attorney Michael Aguirre City Council Scott Peters Kevin Faulconer Toni Atkins Tony Young Brian Maienschein Donna Frye Jim Madaffer Ben Hueso Area    - City 963. ... February 10 is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... February 11 is the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) will be a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hong Kong Stadium as seen from Tai Hang Road Hong Kong Stadium (Chinese: 香港大球場; Cantonese Jyutping: hoeng1 gong2 daai6 kau4 coeng4, Yale: hÄ“ung góng daaih kàuh chèuhng; Mandarin Pinyin: XiānggÇŽng Dàqiúcháng; alternatively, 香港大球場) is the main sports venue of Hong Kong with a... March 30 is the 89th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (90th in leap years). ... April 1 is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 274 days remaining. ... 2007 (MMVII) will be a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Adelaide Oval, a sporting landmark. ... Adelaide is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of South Australia, and is the fifth largest city in Australia, with a population of over 1. ... April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... April 8 is the 98th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (99th in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) will be a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Twickenham Stadium, located in the Twickenham district of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, is the third largest stadium in the United Kingdom with a capacity of 75,000, bettered only by Old Trafford Football Stadium and, when it eventually opens in 2007, the new Wembley Stadium. ... May 26 is the 146th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (147th in leap years). ... May 27 is the 147th day (148th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 218 days remaining. ... 2007 (MMVII) will be a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Hong Kong Sevens (香港七人欖球賽) is generally considered the premier tournament on the World Sevens Series in Rugby Union. ... The Rugby World Cup Sevens is the worlds premier international contest in the Sevens version of rugby union, first held in Scotland in 1993 and held every four years. ...


Sevens is a stripped-down version of rugby, with seven players each side on a normal sized pitch rather than the normal fifteen (for Union) or thirteen (for League). Games are much shorter, lasting only seven or ten minutes each half, and tend to be very fast-paced, open affairs. 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. It's quicker and higher-scoring than Union or League 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, with the fantastically athletic Samoan, Fijian and New Zealand teams particularly prone to spectacular showboating. General phase play in rugby union. ... Rugby league is a team sport, played by two teams of 13 players. ...


New Zealand and Fiji are traditionally the strongest teams, although in recent years Australia, Samoa, England, South Africa, Argentina and France have all won tournaments. The English national rugby union sevens team compete in the World Sevens Series, Rugby World Cup Sevens and the Commonwealth Games. ...

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Previous Series Winners

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Past Tables

Final 2005/06 table
Pos Team Points
1 Fiji 144
2 England 122
3 South Africa 110
4 New Zealand 76
5 Samoa 72
6 Argentina 64
Final 2004/05 table
Pos Team Points
1 New Zealand 116
2 Fiji 88
3 England 86
4 South Africa 76
5 Argentina 68
6 Australia 46
Final 2003/04 table
Pos Team Points
1 New Zealand 128
2 England 122
3 Argentina 98
4 Fiji 84
5 South Africa 74
6 Samoa 60

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The season

In a normal event, 16 teams are entered; in Hong Kong, 24 teams enter. 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. The first tiebreaker is difference in points scored during the tournament.


Four trophies are awarded in each tournament, except for Hong Kong. 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 is not awarded. 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-place finishers in each pool, while the Shield is contested by the last-place teams from each pool.


In Hong Kong, the six pool winners, plus the two highest-finishing second-place teams, advance to the Cup. The Plate participants are the eight highest-ranked teams remaining, while the lowest eight drop to the Bowl.


Points schedule

The season championship is determined by points earned in each tournament. For most events, points are awarded on the following schedule:

  • Cup winner (1st place): 20 points
  • Cup runner-up: 16 points
  • Losing Cup semifinalists: 12 points
  • Plate winner (5th place): 8 points
  • Plate runner-up: 6 points
  • Losing Plate semifinalists: 4 points
  • Bowl winner (9th place): 2 points

Points are awarded on a different schedule in Hong Kong:

  • Cup winner: 30 points
  • Cup runner-up: 24 points
  • Losing Cup semifinalists: 18 points
  • Losing Cup quarterfinalists: 8 points
  • Plate winner (9th place): 4 points
  • Plate runner-up: 3 points
  • Bowl winner (17th place): 1 point

See also

Rugby sevens is a variant of rugby football in which only seven players per side feature. ... The Hong Kong Sevens (香港七人欖球賽) is generally considered the premier tournament on the World Sevens Series in Rugby Union. ... The Rugby World Cup Sevens is the worlds premier international contest in the Sevens version of rugby union, first held in Scotland in 1993 and held every four years. ...

External links

  • The official tournament homepage
  • US-based sevens website
  • World Sevens news from Planet Rugby

 
 

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