2006-07 IRB Sevens World Series

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2006–07 IRB Sevens World Series was the eighth of an annual series of rugby union sevens tournaments for full national sides run by the International Rugby Board since 1999–2000.

New Zealand won the 2006–07 series by winning the final tournament in Edinburgh. In that event, the then-defending series champions Fiji would have clinched the season crown by defeating Wales in the Cup quarterfinals. However, a Wales upset win opened the door for New Zealand to take the season crown by winning the Cup in Edinburgh, which they proceeded to do.

Sevens is a stripped-down version of rugby union, with seven players on each side rather than fifteen. Games are much shorter, 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; however, the most famous event, the Hong Kong Sevens, is played over three days.

The tournaments span the globe:

2006–07 Itinerary
Leg Venue Date Winner
Dubai Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground December 1–2, 2006 22x20px South Africa
South Africa Outeniqua Park, George December 8–9, 2006 22x20px New Zealand
New Zealand Westpac Stadium, Wellington February 2–3, 2007 22x20px Samoa
United States PETCO Park, San Diego, California February 10–11, 2007 22x20px Fiji
Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium March 30-April 1, 2007 22x20px Samoa
Australia Adelaide Oval, Adelaide April 7–8, 2007 22x20px Fiji
London Twickenham May 26–27, 2007 22x20px New Zealand
Scotland Murrayfield, Edinburgh June 2–3, 2007 22x20px New Zealand

The Australia and Scotland events are new for 2006-07. The Australia event effectively replaces Singapore, and the Scotland event effectively replaces the Paris Sevens.

The season[edit]

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 the head-to-head result between the tied teams, followed by 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[edit]

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 for the Hong Kong Sevens:

  • 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
  • Losing Plate semifinalists: 2 points
  • Bowl winner (17th place): 1 point

Final table[edit]

Pos. Country 23x15px 23x15px 23x15px 23x15px 23x15px 23x15px 23x15px 23x15px Overall
1 22x20px New Zealand 16 20 12 12 18 12 20 20 130
2 22x20px Fiji 12 12 16 20 24 20 16 8 128
3 22x20px Samoa 8 4 20 16 30 16 12 16 122
4 22x20px South Africa 20 16 12 8 18 6 8 4 92
5 22x20px England 12 12 8 4 8 4 2 2 52
6 22x20px Wales 0 8 4 2 12 12 38
7 22x20px Australia 4 2 0 4 8 8 6 0 32
8 22x20px France 6 4 6 12 0 0 0 28
9 22x20px Scotland 0 0 0 6 8 4 4 4 26
10 22x20px Argentina 2 0 2 0 3 4 12 23
11 22x20px Kenya 0 0 4 0 0 12 0 6 22
12 22x20px Tonga 0 2 8 0 10
13 22x20px Canada 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 8
14 22x20px Tunisia 0 6 0 6
15 22x20px Portugal 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
15 22x20px United States 0 0 2 2
17 22x20px Russia 1 0 0 1

The events[edit]

Dubai[edit]

Main article: 2006 Dubai Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 22x20px South Africa 31–12 22x20px New Zealand 22x20px Fiji
22x20px England
Plate 22x20px Samoa 26–7 22x20px France 22x20px Canada
22x20px Australia
Bowl 22x20px Argentina 26–7 22x20px Zimbabwe 22x20px Portugal
22x20px Tunisia
Shield 22x20px Wales 33–0 23x15px Arabian Gulf 22x20px Kenya
22x20px Scotland

South Africa[edit]

Main article: 2006 South Africa Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 22x20px New Zealand 24–19 22x20px South Africa 22x20px Fiji
22x20px England
Plate 22x20px Wales 26–7 22x20px Tunisia 22x20px France
22x20px Samoa
Bowl 22x20px Australia 41–7 22x20px Kenya 22x20px Argentina
22x20px Canada
Shield 22x20px Portugal 14–12 22x20px Zimbabwe 22x20px Scotland
22x20px Uganda

New Zealand[edit]

Main article: 2007 Wellington Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 22x20px Samoa 17–14 22x20px Fiji 22x20px New Zealand
22x20px South Africa
Plate 22x20px England 21–12 22x20px France 22x20px Canada
22x20px Kenya
Bowl 22x20px Argentina 12–5 22x20px Tonga 22x20px Australia
22x20px Cook Islands
Shield 22x20px Portugal 26–24 22x20px Scotland 22x20px Papua New Guinea
22x20px United States

USA[edit]

Main article: 2007 USA Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 22x20px Fiji 38–24 22x20px Samoa 22x20px France
22x20px New Zealand
Plate 22x20px South Africa 28–19 22x20px Scotland 22x20px Australia
22x20px England
Bowl 22x20px Tonga 22–17 22x20px Argentina 22x20px Canada
22x20px Kenya
Shield 22x20px United States 26–5 22x20px Portugal 22x20px West Indies
22x20px Chile

Hong Kong[edit]

Main article: 2007 Hong Kong Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists Quarter Finalists
Cup 22x20px Samoa 27–22 22x20px Fiji 22x20px New Zealand
22x20px South Africa
22x20px Australia
22x20px England
22x20px Scotland
22x20px Tonga
Plate 22x20px Wales 26–19 22x20px Argentina 22x20px Portugal
22x20px United States
22x20px Canada
22x20px Italy
22x20px Hong Kong
22x20px Tunisia
Bowl 22x20px Russia 21–7 22x20px France 22x20px Kenya
22x20px Japan
22x20px China
22x20px Chinese Taipei
22x20px South Korea
22x20px Sri Lanka

Australia[edit]

Main article: 2007 Adelaide Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 22x20px Fiji 21–7 22x20px Samoa 22x20px Kenya
22x20px New Zealand
Plate 22x20px Australia 31–0 22x20px South Africa 22x20px England
22x20px Scotland
Bowl 22x20px Wales 26–14 22x20px Tonga 22x20px Argentina
22x20px France
Shield 22x20px Canada 43–17 22x20px Japan 22x20px Portugal
22x20px Hong Kong

London[edit]

Main article: 2007 London Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 22x20px New Zealand 29–7 22x20px Fiji 22x20px Samoa
22x20px Wales
Plate 22x20px South Africa 14–5 22x20px Australia 22x20px Argentina
22x20px Scotland
Bowl 22x20px England 26–14 22x20px Portugal 22x20px France
22x20px Russia
Shield 22x20px Kenya 15–0 22x20px Italy 22x20px Canada
22x20px Georgia

Scotland[edit]

Main article: 2007 Edinburgh Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 22x20px New Zealand 34–5 22x20px Samoa 22x20px Argentina
22x20px Wales
Plate 22x20px Fiji 31–7 22x20px Kenya 22x20px South Africa
22x20px Scotland
Bowl 22x20px England 31–0 22x20px Portugal 22x20px Australia
22x20px Georgia
Shield 22x20px France 21–12 22x20px South Africa 22x20px Canada
22x20px Italy

External links[edit]

V T E IRB Sevens World Series
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