|Current season, competition or edition:|
2019–20 World Rugby Women's Sevens Series
Logo since 2016
|Formerly||IRB Women's Sevens Challenge Cup|
|No. of teams||12|
|New Zealand (2019–20)|
|Most titles||New Zealand (6 titles)|
|TV partner(s)||List of broadcasters|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Relegation to||Challenger 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 series, the women's counterpart to the World Rugby Sevens Series, provides elite-level women's competition between rugby nations. As with the men's Sevens World Series, teams compete for the title by accumulating points based on their finishing position in each tournament.
The first 2012–13 series consisted of four tournaments on three continents. The first two events were hosted by the United Arab Emirates (specifically Dubai) and the United States, both of which host events in the men's version. The other two events were hosted by China and the Netherlands.
For the second series in 2013–14, five tournaments took place; a sixth had initially been announced, but never materialized. All nations that hosted events in 2012–13 hosted in the second season, with the added event hosted by Brazil.
The series expanded to six events for 2014–15. The Dubai, Brazil, USA, and Netherlands events remained on the schedule. China was not on the 2014–15 schedule. New rounds of the series were launched in Canada (specifically in Greater Victoria) and London.
Initially, the 2015–16 series was announced with only four events, with London and the Netherlands dropping from the schedule, but a fifth event was eventually added, hosted by France. Events in Australia and Japan were added in 2016–17. With the USA hosting the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens, the USA was not on the 2017–18 schedule.
The USA Women's Sevens returned to the schedule for the 2018–19 series, but the event was moved within the season to become the opening event. The same season saw three events move to new locations.First, the USA event moved from Las Vegas to the Denver suburb of Glendale, Colorado. The Australian Women's Sevens, as well as the country's corresponding event in the men's Sevens Series, moved within Sydney from Sydney Football Stadium to Sydney Showground Stadium. This was necessary because the Football Stadium was demolished, with an entirely new stadium to be built on the same site. Finally, the France Women's Sevens, originally set for Paris, was moved to Biarritz, with the date also being moved forward two weeks from its original schedule. This change was promoted by both World Rugby and the French Rugby Federation (FFR) as "enabl[ing] the FFR to maximise the visibility, attendance and impact of hosting the final round of the record-breaking series."
The 2019–20 season has expanded to eight events for the first time. The Japan Women's Sevens was dropped from the schedule, at least temporarily, due to the country's hosting of the 2020 Summer Olympics. Of the eight events, six will be held at the same time and venue as existing events in the men's World Series, with the US and Canada being the only exceptions. New events in New Zealand and South Africa will join the two countries' current men's events, and the Hong Kong Women's Sevens, previously a World Series core team qualifier, will become a full World Series event. Additionally, the France Women's Sevens will return to Paris after having been held in Biarritz in 2018–19.Finally, the Australia events in both series will move again within Sydney to Western Sydney Stadium.
|USA||Infinity Park (5,000)||Glendale (Denver)||2012–13|
|Dubai||The Sevens (50,000)||Dubai||2012–13|
|South Africa||Cape Town Stadium (55,000)||Cape Town||2019–20|
|New Zealand||FMG Stadium Waikato (25,800)||Hamilton||2019–20|
|Australia||Bankwest Stadium (30,000)||Sydney||2016–17|
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong Stadium (40,000)||Hong Kong||2019–20|
|Canada||Westhills Stadium (6,000)||Langford (Victoria)||2014–15|
|France||Stade Jean-Bouin (20,000)||Paris||2015–16|
|Event||Stadium (Capacity)||City||First held||Last held|
|Australia||Sydney Football Stadium||Sydney||2016–17||2017–18|
|Sydney Showground Stadium||Sydney||2018–19|
|France||Stade Gabriel Montpied||Clermont-Ferrand||2015–16||2016–17|
|Parc des Sports Aguiléra||Biarritz||2018–19|
|Fifth Third Bank Stadium||Kennesaw (Atlanta)||2013–14||2015–16|
|Sam Boyd Stadium||Whitney (Las Vegas)||2016–17|
|Japan||Mikuni World Stadium Kitakyushu (15,066)||Kitakyushu||2016–17|
|China||Guangzhou University City Stadium (50,000)||Guangzhou||2012–13||2013–14|
|São Paulo||Arena Barueri (35,000)||Barueri (São Paulo)||2013–14||2015–16|
|London||Twickenham Stoop (14,800)||London||2014–15|
|Netherlands||NRCA Stadium (10,000)||Amsterdam||2012–13||2014–15|
Unlike the men's Sevens Series, which has enjoyed title sponsorship by banking giant HSBC in recent years, the Women's Sevens Series did not have a title sponsor until 2015–16. HSBC is now the title sponsor of both the men's and women's series.
Summary of the top six placegetters for each series:
Tally of top six placings in the series for each team, updated after the 2019–20 season:
|Team||Champion||Runner||Third||Fourth||Top-3 Apps||Top-6 Apps|
Rugby sevens is a version of rugby union, invented in Scotland in the 19th century, with seven players each side on a normal-sized field. Games are much shorter, generally lasting only seven 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 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.
The women's series features 12 teams in each tournament. The remaining participants are invited on the basis of regional tournament rankings.
Each tournament uses a format similar to that of the men's series, adjusted for the lower number of teams, with pool play followed by three separate knockout tournaments.
Prior to the inaugural season, a group of "core teams" that are guaranteed places in all series events was announced. This concept is taken directly from the men's series. Unlike the men's series, which features 15 core teams as of the 2012–13 season, the women's series began with only six.
For the 2013–14 series, the number of core teams was increased to eight, all reached the quarter final from the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens:
Brazil was invited to participate in all events for the 2013–14 series. This was part of an IRB initiative to help jump-start women's rugby development in the country, which is set to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.
For the 2014–15 series, the number of core teams increased to 11, and qualification was extensively revamped, changing to a system more similar to that currently used in the men's World Series. The top seven teams in the 2013–14 series retained core team status. Four additional core teams were determined in a 12-team qualifying tournament held in Hong Kong on 12–13 September 2014.World Rugby did not initially announce full details of the qualification system for future series, but eventually determined that the top nine teams from the 2014–15 series would retain their status for 2015–16, with a world qualifier following in September 2015.
|Season||Rounds||Most points||Most tries||Player of the Year|
|2012–13||4||Portia Woodman (105)||Portia Woodman (21)||Kayla McAlister|
|2013–14||5||Emilee Cherry (195)||Emilee Cherry (33)||Emilee Cherry|
|2014–15||6||Portia Woodman (?)||Portia Woodman (52)||Portia Woodman|
|2015–16||5||Ghislaine Landry (158)||Portia Woodman (24)||Charlotte Caslick|
|2016–17||6||Ghislaine Landry (269)||Michaela Blyde (40)||Michaela Blyde|
|2017–18||5||Portia Woodman (215)||Portia Woodman (43)||Michaela Blyde|
|2018–19||5||Tyla Nathan-Wong (207)||Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe (35)||Ruby Tui|
The overall winner of the series was determined by points gained from the standings across all events in the season.The points schedule is similar to that of the men's Series, with the differences noted above.
In Series V, 2016–17 the awards changed. At each event teams compete for gold, silver and bronze medals while lower ranked teams will contest a new Challenge Trophy competition.In the first four Series teams played, after the pool stage, for a Cup (1st four teams), a Plate (second 4 teams) and a Bowl (last 4 teams)
Twelve teams competed at each event; nine being "core" teams, with three teams invited to participate in particular events (similar to previous women's series as well as the men's counterpart).
|Cup winner and gold medalist||20|
|Cup runner-up and silver medalist||18|
|3rd-place play-off winner and bronze medalist||16|
|4||3rd-place play-off loser||14|
|5||5th-place play-off winner||12|
|6||5th-place play-off loser||10|
|7||7th-place play-off winner||8|
|8||7th-place play-off loser||6|
|9||9th-place play-off winner||4|
|10||9th-place play-off loser||3|
|11||11th-place play-off winner||2|
|12||11th-place play-off loser||1|
Tie-breaking: Should teams finish equal on series points at the end of the season, the tiebreakers are the same as those in the men's series:
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