World Rugby Sevens Series

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HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series
Current season, competition or edition:
Rugby football current event.svg 2020–21 World Rugby Sevens Series
World Rugby Sevens Series logo.png
Logo since 2016
FormerlyIRB Sevens World Series (1999-2014)
Sevens World Series (2014–15 only)
Sport Rugby sevens
Founded1999;22 years ago (1999)
No. of teams15 core teams
CountriesWorldwide
Most recent
champion(s)
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand (2019–20)
Most titlesFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand (13 titles)
TV partner(s) List of broadcasters
Level on pyramid1
Relegation to Challenger Series

The World Rugby Sevens Series is an annual series of international rugby sevens tournaments run by World Rugby featuring national sevens teams. Organised for the first time in the 1999–2000 season as the IRB World Sevens Series, [1] the competition was formed to promote an elite-level of international rugby sevens and develop the game into a viable commercial product. The competition has been sponsored by banking group HSBC since 2014. [2]

Contents

The season's circuit consists of 10 tournaments that generally begin in November or December and last until May. The venues are held across 10 countries, and visits five of the six populated continents. The United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, France and England each host one event. Each tournament has 16 teams – 15 core teams that participate in each tournament and one regional qualifier.

Teams compete for the World Rugby Series title by accumulating points based on their finishing position in each tournament. The lowest placed core team at the end of the season is dropped, and replaced by the winner of the Hong Kong Sevens. New Zealand had originally dominated the Series, winning each of the first six seasons from 1999–2000 to 2004–05, but since then, Fiji, South Africa and Samoa have each won season titles. England, Australia and the United States have placed in the top three for several seasons but have not won the series title.

The International Olympic Committee's decision in 2009 to add rugby sevens to the Summer Olympics beginning in 2016 has added a boost to rugby sevens and to the World Sevens Series; this boost has led to increased exposure and revenues, leading several of the core teams to field fully professional squads.

History

International sevens

The first international rugby sevens tournament was held in 1973 in Scotland, which was celebrating a century of the Scottish Rugby Union. [3] Seven international teams took part, with England defeating Ireland 22–18 in the final to take the trophy. The Hong Kong Sevens annual tournament began in 1976. [4] Over the next two decades the number of international sevens competitions increased. The most notable was the Rugby World Cup Sevens with Scotland hosting the inaugural event in 1993, [5] along with rugby joining the Commonwealth Games program in 1998.

World Series early years

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Former series logos: 1999 (top);
pre–2010 (middle); 2011–2015 (bottom).

The first season of the World Sevens Series was the 1999–2000 season. At the Series launch, the chairman of the International Rugby Board, Vernon Pugh, described the IRB's vision of the role of this new competition: "this competition has set in place another important element in the IRB’s drive to establish rugby as a truly global sport, one with widespread visibility and steadily improving standards of athletic excellence." [6] New Zealand and Fiji dominated the first series, meeting in the final in eight of the ten season tournaments, and New Zealand narrowly won, overtaking Fiji by winning the last tournament of the series. [6]

New Zealand won the first six seasons in a row from 1999–2000 to 2004–05, [7] led by players such as Karl Te Nana and Amasio Valence. The number of stops in the series varied over the seasons, but experienced a contraction from 11 tournaments in 2001–02 to 7 tournaments in 2002–03 due to the global recession. In the 2005–06 season Fiji clinched the season trophy on the last tournament of the season finishing ahead of England. [8] New Zealand regained the trophy in 2006–07 season in the last tournament of the season. [9]

South Africa was the next team to win the series after taking home the 2008–09 title. [10] In the 2009–10 season, Samoa who finished seventh the previous year shocked the world – led by 2010 top try-scorer and World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year Mikaele Pesamino – by winning four of the last five tournaments to overtake New Zealand and win the series. [11]

Olympic era and professionalism

The 2011–12 season was the last to have 12 core teams as the 2011–12 series expanded to 15 teams that had core status. Qualification for these places was played out at the 2012 Hong Kong Sevens. Canada (returning to core status for the first time since 2008), [12] Spain and Portugal joined the 12 core teams for the next season. The Japan event also made a return for the first time since 2001 (lasting until 2015). New Zealand continued their dominance by finishing on top.

Argentina was originally planned to begin hosting a tenth event with Mar Del Plata the venue in the 2012–13 season, giving the tour an event on each continent, but when Argentina joined the Rugby Championship those plans were shelved. [13] [14] With the same schedule, New Zealand again were the winners over South Africa. They took it again in 2013–14 with Spain the first team to be relegated after finishing last during that season with Japan replacing them. [15]

Heading into the 2014–15 season, the top four teams qualifying to the 2016 Summer Olympics, with Fiji, South Africa, New Zealand and Great Britain all qualifying through. [16] The 2014–15 season and 2015–16 season were won by Fiji – the first time a team other than New Zealand won back-to-back season titles – led by 2015 and 2016 season Dream Team nominee Osea Kolinisau The two seasons also yielded teams winning their first tournaments – the United States won the 2015 London Sevens to finish the season in sixth overall; [17] Kenya won the 2016 Singapore Sevens, and Scotland won the 2016 London Sevens. [18] [19] Prior to the 2015–16 season World Rugby did a comprehensive review of all nine tournament hosts and adjusted the schedule, dropping two sites (Japan and Scotland), and adding three sites (France, Singapore and Canada) to the calendar.[ citation needed ]

In the 2016–17 series, a dominant and consistent display by South Africa saw them reach the finals of the 2016–17 series rounds on eight occasions, winning five of these. As a result, South Africa were series champions with victory in the penultimate round in Paris. The season was a qualifier for the 2018 with the top four teams that hadn't already qualified, coming from this season. [20] The teams that made it through to the World Cup via this method were Canada, Argentina, Scotland and Samoa. [21]

Tournament hosts

For a list of previous hosts, see World Rugby Sevens Series hosts

The World Series has consisted of 10 tournament stops since the 2015–16 season. They generally fall in the following order and in the following timeframes:

EventVenueCityJoined series  [lower-alpha 1] ScheduledRef
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Dubai The Sevens Dubai 1999–2000 December [22]
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa Cape Town Stadium Cape Town 1999–2000 December [23]
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand Waikato Stadium Hamilton 1999–2000 January
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia Bankwest Stadium Sydney 1999–2000 February [24] [25]
Flag of the United States.svg USA Dignity Health Sports Park Los Angeles 2003–04 March [26]
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada BC Place Vancouver 2015–16 March [27]
Flag of Singapore.svg Singapore National Stadium Singapore 2015–16 April [28]
Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium Hong Kong 1999–2000 April [4]
Flag of England.svg England Twickenham London 2000–01 May
Flag of France.svg France Stade Jean-Bouin Paris 2015–16 June [29]

Notes

  1. Most of these tournaments were established when added to the World Series, with certain exceptions. The oldest are the Dubai and Hong Kong events which date back to 1970 and 1976 respectively. [lower-alpha 2] [lower-alpha 3] Others include the Australia Sevens (which ran from 1986 to 1989 and then returned in 2000 as a leg on the Series) and the France Sevens which began in 1996.

Core teams, promotion and relegation

Core teams

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 2019–20 season are:

2020–21 Core Teams
2019–20
finish
TeamCore sinceBest Series
Finish (Last)
1Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 1999–20001st (2019–20)
2Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 1999–20001st (2017–18)
3Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 1999–20001st (2018–19)
4Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1999–20002nd (2000–01)
5Flag of England.svg  England 1999–20002nd (2016–17)
6Flag of France.svg  France 1999–20006th (2019–20)
7Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2008–092nd (2018–19)
8Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 2012–136th (2013–14)
9Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 1999–20003rd (2003–04)
10IRFU flag.svg  Ireland 2019–2010th (2019–20)
11Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 1999–20007th (2016–17)
12Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 2002–035th (2012–13)
13Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 1999–20001st (2009–10)
14Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 2017–1811th (2017–18)
15Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 2006–076th (2006–07)
PFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 2020–2115th (2018–19)
Former core teams
TeamLast season
as core team
Best Series
finish (Last)
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 2015–1614th (2014–15)
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 2017–1814th (2016–17)

Through the 2011–12 series, the number of core teams was 12, [30] but the number of core teams was expanded to 15 for 2012–13. [31] The three extra teams were determined by a 12-team qualifying tournament held as part of the 2012 Hong Kong Sevens. [32] The increase in the number of core teams did not directly lead to an increase in the size of the existing tournaments.

Promotion and relegation

In 2019, World Rugby announced a plan to create a second-tier competition that would allow the best thirteen sevens teams, with the addition of three invited teams, from their region to compete in a similar style format to the Sevens Series for the potential of gaining promotion to the World Rugby Sevens Series and becoming a core team. [33] This breaks from the usual format of promotion and relegation in the sevens series.

The proposal was well received from the Tongan rugby sevens team, whom will be one of the sixteen teams competing in the tournament. Coach Tevita Tu'ifua said about the news, "We are so excited and very happy and it is a blessing for us to get involved in any tournament for the sake of the rugby sevens programme back home." [34]

From 2013–14 series to 2018–19 the promotion/relegation was as follows: [15]

From 2020 onwards the style of promotion/relegation will be as such:

SeasonCore TeamsPromotedRelegated
2007–08 12Flag of the United States.svg  United States Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
2008–09 12
2009–10 12
2010–11 12
2011–12 12Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada, Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal, Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
2012–13 15
2013–14 15Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
2014–15 15Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2015–16 15Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal
2016–17 15Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2017–18 15Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
2018–19 15IRFU flag.svg  Ireland Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2019–20 15Flag of Japan.svg  Japan

Other qualifying

The World Series results are sometimes used as a qualifier for other tournaments. For example, the top four teams of the 2014–15 series automatically qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Similarly, certain teams from the 2016–17 series qualified for the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens.

Historical results

Results by season

Summary of the top six placegetters for each series:

SeriesSeason RdsChampionSecondThirdFourthFifthSixth Ref
I 1999–00 10Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand

(186 pts)
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada
[35]
II 2000–01 9Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand

(162 pts)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
[36]
III 2001–02 11Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand

(198 pts)
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
[37]
IV 2002–03  7 [lower-alpha 1] Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand

(112 pts)
Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
[38]
V 2003–04 8Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand

(128 pts)
Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
[39]
VI 2004–05 7Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand

(116 pts)
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
[40]
VII 2005–06 8Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji

(144 pts)
Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
[41]
VIII 2006–07 8Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand

(130 pts)
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg
Wales
[42]
IX 2007–08 8Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand

(154 pts)
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
[43]
X 2008–09 8Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa

(132 pts)
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
Flag of Kenya.svg
Kenya
[44]
XI 2009–10 8Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa

(164 pts)
Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
[45]
XII 2010–11 8Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand

(166 pts)
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
[46]
XIII 2011–12 9Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand

(167 pts)
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
[47]
XIV 2012–13 9Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand

(173 pts)
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
Flag of Kenya.svg
Kenya
Flag of England.svg
England
[48]
XV 2013–14 9Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand

(180 pts)
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada
[49]
XVI 2014–15 9Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji

(164 pts)
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
[50]
XVII 2015–16 10Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji

(181 pts)
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
[51]
XVIII 2016–17 10Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa

(192 pts)
Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
[52]
XIX 2017–18 10Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa

(182 pts)
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
[53]
XX 2018–19 10Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji

(186 pts)
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
[54]
XXI 2019–20  6 [lower-alpha 2] Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand

(115 pts)
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of France.svg
France
[56]

Season placings by team

Tally of top six placings in the series for each team, updated after the 2019–20 season: [lower-alpha 3]

TeamChamp­ionRunner-upThirdFourthTop-3 AppsTop-6 Apps
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 131431821
Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 46651621
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 38141221
Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 124313
Flag of England.svg  England 452918
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 123314
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 115
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 117
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 2
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 2
Flag of France.svg  France 1
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 1

Notes

  1. Due to concerns in 2003 about the SARS virus, tournaments scheduled for China, Malaysia, and Singapore were cancelled; [lower-alpha 4] and Italy and France declined to participate in the Hong Kong Sevens. [lower-alpha 5]
  2. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the four remaining rounds of the 2020 World Rugby Sevens Series, scheduled for London, Paris, Singapore, and Hong Kong, were cancelled. [55]
  3. Tally results are obtained by summing the placings of each team as recorded in the above table of results by season.
  4. "SARS fear hits sports" . The Indianapolis Star. Indianapolis. 24 April 2003. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  5. "2 teams skip event over fears of mystery disease" . The Indianapolis Star. Indianapolis. 22 March 2003. Retrieved 25 June 2019.

Format

Rugby sevens is a fast-paced version of rugby union with seven players each side on a full-sized rugby field. Games are much shorter, lasting seven minutes each half. The game is quicker and faster-scoring than 15-a-side rugby, 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. Currently, in a normal event, 16 teams are entered.

World Rugby operates satellite tournaments in each continent alongside the Sevens World Series which serve as qualifiers for Series events; [12] in 2012–13 they also determined the entrants in the World Series Pre-Qualifier, [57] and since 2013–14 determine the entrants in the Core Team Qualifier. [15]

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: [58]

  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. 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.

A third-place match is now conducted between the losing Cup semifinalists in all tournaments; this was introduced for the 2011–12 series. [59]

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. [57] With the promotion place now determined at the Hong Kong Sevens, the London Sevens returned to the traditional 16-team format in 2013–14.

Hong Kong 7s

The Hong Kong Sevens (an anomaly as a three-day event) is the most famous sevens tournament. 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; [57] from 2014 forward, the remaining 12 teams are those in the Core Team Qualifier. [15] In Hong Kong, the Shield was awarded for the first time in 2010. [60]

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: [61]

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 although from 2017 the number of trophies was reduced to just the main Cup with the showpiece final being reduced from 20 to 14 minutes and the Challenge Trophy which were in line with changes which began at the start of the 2016–17 World Rugby Sevens Series.

Points schedule

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. [59] A new scoring system was introduced in 2019-20 requiring teams to play for 7th, 11th and 15th places, previously teams had tied for 7th-8th 11th-12th and 15th-16th places.

The current points schedule used at each standard event is summarised below.

PlaceStatusPoints
Gold medal icon.svgCup winner, gold medalist22
Silver medal icon.svgCup runner-up, silver medalist19
Bronze medal icon.svg3rd-place winner, bronze medalist17
43rd-place loser15
55th-place winner13
65th-place loser12
77th-place winner11
87th-place loser10
99th-place winner8
109th-place loser7
1111th-place winner6
1211th-place loser5
1313th-place winner4
1413th-place loser3
1515th-place winner2
1615th-place loser1

Tie-breaking: If two or more teams are level on overall series points, the following tie-breakers are used: [58]

  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.

Business

TV and media

The tour received 1,147 hours of air time in 2005–06; 530 of which was live, and was broadcast to 136 countries. [62] 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. [63] Broadcast time increased further in 2009–10, with 3,561 hours of air time (1,143 hours live) carried by 34 broadcasters in 141 countries and 16 languages. [64] 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. [65]

Sponsorship

The International Rugby Board reached a 5-year deal with HSBC in October 2010 that granted them status as the first-ever title sponsor of the Sevens World Series. Through the agreement, HSBC acquired title naming rights to all tournaments in the World Series, beginning with the Dubai Sevens on 3 December 2010. [2] HSBC has since sub-licensed 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. [66]

Crowd cheering at the 2009 Hong Kong Sevens. Crowd cheering, Hong Kong Sevens 2009.jpg
Crowd cheering at the 2009 Hong Kong Sevens.
Tournament Naming Rights
TournamentSponsor
Sydney HSBC
Dubai Emirates Airline
South Africa Cell C/Nelson Mandela Bay
New Zealand Hertz
USANo named sponsor
Hong Kong Cathay Pacific/HSBC
JapanNo named sponsor
Scotland Emirates Airline
London Marriott

Player contracts and salaries

In the year after the International Olympic Committee announced in 2009 that rugby sevens would return to the Olympics in 2016, most of the "core teams" on the Series began offering full-time contracts to their players. These annual salaries can range from €18,000 to €100,000. England offers among the more generous salaries, ranging from an estimated €25,000 to over €100,000. New Zealand has a graded system with salaries ranging from €23,000-plus to about €52,500 for its four top earners. The basic salary for Scottish sevens players ranges from €22,500 to €40,000. The Australian sevens players are estimated to be on a basic salary of about €27,000-plus. Toward the bottom end of the scale is Ireland, offering its players a €18,000 to €23,750 development contract, less than minimum wage. [67]

Player awards by season

SeasonRoundsMost pointsMost tries [68] Player of the Year
1999–00 10 Flag of Fiji.svg Vilimoni Delasau (83)No Award
2000–01 9 Flag of New Zealand.svg Karl Te Nana (42)No Award
2001–02 11 Flag of South Africa.svg Brent Russell (46)No Award
2002–03 7 Flag of Fiji.svg Nasoni Roko (39)No Award
2003–04 8 Flag of South Africa.svg Fabian Juries &
Flag of England.svg Rob Thirlby (39)
Flag of England.svg Simon Amor
2004–05 7 Flag of Samoa.svg David Lemi (46) Flag of New Zealand.svg Orene Ai'i
2005–06 8 Flag of England.svg Ben Gollings (343) Flag of Samoa.svg Timoteo Iosua (40) Flag of Samoa.svg Uale Mai
2006–07 8 Flag of Fiji.svg William Ryder (416) Flag of Samoa.svg Mikaele Pesamino (43) Flag of New Zealand.svg Afeleke Pelenise
2007–08 8 Flag of New Zealand.svg Tomasi Cama Jr. (319) Flag of South Africa.svg Fabian Juries (41) Flag of New Zealand.svg DJ Forbes
2008–09 8 Flag of England.svg Ben Gollings (260) Flag of Kenya.svg Collins Injera (42) Flag of England.svg Ollie Phillips
2009–10 8 Flag of England.svg Ben Gollings (332) Flag of Samoa.svg Mikaele Pesamino (56) Flag of Samoa.svg Mikaele Pesamino
2010–11 8 Flag of South Africa.svg Cecil Afrika (381) Flag of South Africa.svg Cecil Afrika (40) Flag of South Africa.svg Cecil Afrika
2011–12 9 Flag of New Zealand.svg Tomasi Cama Jr. (390) Flag of England.svg Matt Turner (38) Flag of New Zealand.svg Tomasi Cama Jr.
2012–13 9 Flag of England.svg Dan Norton (264) Flag of England.svg Dan Norton (52) Flag of New Zealand.svg Tim Mikkelson
2013–14 9 Flag of England.svg Tom Mitchell (358) Flag of Fiji.svg Samisoni Viriviri (52) Flag of Fiji.svg Samisoni Viriviri
2014–15 9 Flag of Fiji.svg Osea Kolinisau (312) Flag of South Africa.svg Seabelo Senatla (47) Flag of South Africa.svg Werner Kok
2015–16 10 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Hughes (331) Flag of South Africa.svg Seabelo Senatla (66) Flag of South Africa.svg Seabelo Senatla
2016–17 10 Flag of the United States.svg Perry Baker (285) Flag of the United States.svg Perry Baker (57) Flag of the United States.svg Perry Baker
2017–18 10 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Nathan Hirayama (334) Flag of the United States.svg Carlin Isles (49) Flag of the United States.svg Perry Baker
2018–19 10 Flag of New Zealand.svg Andrew Knewstubb (307) Flag of the United States.svg Carlin Isles (52) Flag of Fiji.svg Jerry Tuwai
2019–20 6 Flag of Fiji.svg Napolioni Bolaca (159)IRFU flag.svg Jordan Conroy (30)

Player records

Players in bold are still active.

Tries

Updated 15 March 2020

Points

Updated: 15 March 2020

Appearances

Source: World Rugby, 15 March 2020.

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Hong Kong Sevens

The Hong Kong Sevens is considered the premier tournament on the World Rugby Sevens Series competition. The Hong Kong Sevens is currently the seventh tournament on the World Series calendar, and is held annually in Hong Kong on a weekend in late March or early April. The tournament spans three days, beginning on a Friday and concluding on Sunday. The tournament is organised each year by the Hong Kong Rugby Union (HKRU). This year's Hong Kong Rugby Sevens was originally due to be held on Friday 3, Saturday 4, Sunday 5 April 2020, but was postponed, and then later cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rugby sevens

Rugby sevens, and originally known as seven-a-side rugby, is a variant of rugby union in which teams are made up of seven players playing seven minute halves, instead of the usual 15 players playing 40 minute halves. Rugby sevens is administered by World Rugby, the body responsible for rugby union worldwide. The game is popular at all levels, with amateur and club tournaments generally held in the summer months. Sevens is one of the most well distributed forms of rugby, and is popular in parts of Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas, and especially in the South Pacific.

London Sevens

The London Sevens is an annual rugby sevens tournament held at Twickenham Stadium in London. It is part of the World Rugby Sevens Series. London was added to the World Series for the first time in 2001. For many years the London Sevens was the last tournament of each season but the Paris Sevens became the last stop on the calendar in 2018. The current titleholder of the London Sevens is Fiji, who beat Australia in the 2019 final.

The 1999–2000 IRB Sevens World Series was the first season of the IRB World Sevens Series which was run by the International Rugby Board. The season took place between the 2 December 1999 to the 28 May 2000 as the series consisted of ten tournaments spread over five continents.

The 2008–09 IRB Sevens World Series was the tenth of an annual IRB Sevens World Series of rugby union sevens tournaments for full national sides run by the International Rugby Board since 1999–2000.

The 2009–10 IRB Sevens World Series was the eleventh of an annual series of rugby union sevens tournaments for full national sides run by the International Rugby Board since 1999–2000. Samoa won the IRB Sevens World Series crown for their first time.

The 2010–11 IRB Sevens World Series was the 12th annual IRB Sevens World Series of rugby union sevens tournaments for full national sides run by the International Rugby Board since 1999–2000.

The 2011–12 IRB Sevens World Series, known for sponsorship reasons as the HSBC Sevens World Series, was the 13th annual series of the IRB Sevens World Series tournaments for full national sides run by the International Rugby Board since 1999–2000.

The 2012–13 IRB Sevens World Series, known for sponsorship reasons as the HSBC Sevens World Series, was the 14th annual series of rugby sevens tournaments for full national sides. The IRB Sevens World Series has been run by the International Rugby Board since 1999–2000.

World Rugby Womens Sevens Series

The World Rugby Women's Sevens Series, is a series of international rugby sevens tournaments for women's national teams run by World Rugby. The inaugural series was held in 2012–13 as the successor to the IRB Women's Sevens Challenge Cup held the previous season. The competition has been sponsored by banking group HSBC since 2015.

The 2013 Hong Kong Sevens was the 38th edition of the Hong Kong Sevens and the sixth tournament of the 2012–13 IRB Sevens World Series. It was hosted by its long-time home, Hong Kong Stadium.

The 2013–14 IRB Sevens World Series, known for sponsorship reasons as the HSBC Sevens World Series, was the 15th annual series of rugby union sevens tournaments for full national sides. The IRB Sevens World Series has been run by the International Rugby Board since 1999–2000.

The 2014–15 Sevens World Series, known for sponsorship reasons as the HSBC Sevens World Series, was the 16th annual series of rugby sevens tournaments for national rugby sevens teams. The Sevens World Series has been run by World Rugby since 1999–2000. This series also, for the first time, doubled as a qualifier for the 2016 Summer Olympics, with the top four countries qualifying automatically.

The 2014–15 World Rugby Women's Sevens Series was the third edition of the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series, an annual series of tournaments organised by World Rugby for women's national teams in rugby sevens. The series also doubled as an Olympic qualifier for the first time ever.

The 2015–16 World Rugby Sevens Series, known for sponsorship reasons as the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, was the 17th annual series of rugby union sevens tournaments for national men's rugby sevens teams. The Sevens Series has been run by World Rugby since 1999–2000. This season, the series expanded from nine to ten events.

The 2000 Hong Kong Sevens was an international rugby sevens tournament that was part of the inaugural World Sevens Series, the 1999–2000 season. It was the eighth leg of the series, held on 24–26 March 2000, at the Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong.

The 2016–17 World Rugby Women's Sevens Series was the fifth edition of the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series, an annual series of tournaments organised by World Rugby for women's national teams in rugby sevens.

The 2019 Hong Kong Sevens was a rugby sevens tournament that took place at the Hong Kong Stadium between the 5–7 April 2019. It was the 44th edition of the Hong Kong Sevens, and the seventh tournament of the 2018–19 World Rugby Sevens Series. Sixteen teams competed in the main tournament, while a further twelve competed in a qualifier tournament with the winner getting core team status for the 2019–20 World Rugby Sevens Series.

The 2019–20 World Rugby Women's Sevens Series was the eighth edition of the global circuit for women's national rugby sevens teams, organised by World Rugby.

The 2019–20 World Rugby Sevens Series was the 21st annual series of rugby sevens tournaments for national men's rugby sevens teams. The Sevens Series has been run by World Rugby since 1999–2000.

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