2009-10 IRB Sevens World Series

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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 series crown for their first time.

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. Sevens is traditionally played in a two-day tournament format. However, the most famous event, the Hong Kong Sevens, is played over three days, largely because it involves 24 teams instead of the normal 16.

Itinerary[edit]

The series' tournaments were identical to those in 2008–09 and spanned the globe, visiting five of the six populated continents.

2009–10 Itinerary[1]
Leg Venue Date Winner
Dubai The Sevens December 4–5, 2009 22x20px New Zealand
South Africa Outeniqua Park, George December 11–12, 2009 22x20px New Zealand
New Zealand Westpac Stadium, Wellington February 5–6, 2010 22x20px Fiji
United States Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas February 13–14, 2010 22x20px Samoa
Australia Adelaide Oval, Adelaide March 19–21, 2010 22x20px Samoa
Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium March 26–28, 2010 22x20px Samoa
London Twickenham May 22–23, 2010 22x20px Australia
Edinburgh Murrayfield, Edinburgh May 29–30, 2010 22x20px Samoa

Two minor changes were made to the schedule:

  • The USA event moved from San Diego, its home from 2007 to 2009, to Las Vegas.[2]
  • The Adelaide event moved from its previous slot of one week after Hong Kong to one week before.[1]

Core teams[edit]

Before each season, the IRB announces the 12 "core teams" that will receive guaranteed berths in each event in that season's series. The core teams for 2009–10 were:[3]

The core teams were unchanged from 2008–09; the most recent change came before that season, when the USA replaced its neighbor Canada.[4]

Points schedule[edit]

The season championship is determined by points earned in each tournament. Effective with this season, the IRB changed the points allocations for all events as follows:[5]

16-team events (all except for Hong Kong)
  • Cup winner (1st place): 24 points
  • Cup runner-up: 20 points
  • Losing Cup semifinalists: 16 points
  • Plate winner (5th place): 12 points
  • Plate runner-up: 8 points
  • Losing Plate semifinalists: 6 points
  • Bowl winner (9th place): 4 points
24-team event (Hong Kong)
  • Cup winner: 30 points
  • Cup runner-up: 25 points
  • Losing Cup semifinalists: 20 points
  • Plate winner (5th place): 16 points
  • Plate runner-up: 10 points
  • Losing Plate semifinalists: 8 points
  • Bowl winner (9th place): 5 points

Tournament structure[edit]

In all tournaments except Hong Kong, 16 teams participate. Due to its place as the sport's most prestigious annual event, the Hong Kong tournament has 24 teams. In each 16-team 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.[6]

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. The Shield was contested in Hong Kong for the first time in 2010. Each trophy is awarded at the end of a knockout tournament.[7]

In a 16-team tournament, 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, with the losers in the Bowl quarterfinals dropping into the bracket for the Shield.[6]

The Hong Kong Sevens adopted a new structure effective with its 2010 edition. As in previous years, the 24 teams were divided into six pools of four teams each, with the competition points system and tiebreakers identical to those for a 16-team event. Also as in the past, the six pool winners and the two top second-place finishers advanced to the Cup competition.[8] The changes made in 2010 were:[9]

  • The Plate competition was contested by the losing quarterfinalists from the Cup, as in all other events in the series.
  • The Bowl was contested by the four remaining second-place finishers and the top four third-place finishers. In previous years, these teams competed for the Plate.
  • The Shield was contested by the remaining eight entrants. In previous years, these teams competed for the Bowl.

Statistics[edit]

Table[edit]

2009–10 Standings[10]
Pos. Country Dubai South Africa
(George)
New Zealand
(Wellington)
USA
(Las Vegas)
Australia
(Adelaide)
Hong Kong England
(London)
Scotland
(Edinburgh)
Overall
1 22x20px Samoa 20 6 20 24 24 30 16 24 164
2 22x20px New Zealand 24 24 16 20 12 25 12 16 149
3 22x20px Australia 12 6 12 16 16 16 24 20 122
4 22x20px Fiji 16 20 24 8 6 20 8 6 108
5 22x20px England 16 12 16 6 4 20 6 16 96
6 22x20px South Africa 8 8 8 12 8 10 20 6 80
7 22x20px Argentina 6 16 0 0 16 0 16 8 62
8 22x20px Kenya 6 16 6 16 0 8 0 0 52
9 22x20px Wales 4 4 4 6 6 0 6 4 34
10 22x20px United States 0 0 0 4 20 8 0 0 32
11 22x20px Canada DNP DNP 6 0 DNP 5 4 0 15
12 22x20px Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 12
13= 22x20px Hong Kong DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0 DNP DNP 0
13= Arabian Gulf 0 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
13= 22x20px Chile DNP DNP DNP 0 DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
13= 22x20px China DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0 DNP DNP 0
13= 22x20px Chinese Taipei DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0 DNP DNP 0
13= 22x20px France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13= 22x20px Guyana DNP DNP DNP 0 DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
13= 22x20px Italy DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0 0 0
13= 22x20px Japan DNP DNP DNP 0 0 0 DNP DNP 0
13= 22x20px Niue DNP DNP 0 DNP 0 DNP DNP DNP 0
13= 22x20px Papua New Guinea DNP DNP 0 DNP 0 DNP DNP DNP 0
13= 22x20px Portugal 0 0 DNP DNP DNP 0 0 0
13= 22x20px Russia 0 0 DNP DNP DNP 0 0 0
13= 22x20px South Korea DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0 DNP DNP 0
13= 22x20px Thailand DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0 DNP DNP 0
13= 22x20px Tonga DNP DNP 0 DNP 0 0 DNP DNP 0
13= 22x20px Tunisia DNP 0 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
13= 22x20px Zimbabwe 0 0 DNP DNP DNP 0 DNP DNP 0

Tournaments[edit]

Dubai[edit]

Main article: 2009 Dubai Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 22x20px New Zealand 24 – 12 22x20px Samoa 22x20px England
22x20px Fiji
Plate 22x20px Australia 7 – 0 22x20px South Africa 22x20px Argentina
22x20px Kenya
Bowl 22x20px Wales 38 – 7 22x20px Zimbabwe 22x20px United States
22x20px France
Shield 22x20px Russia 17 – 14 22x20px Portugal 22x20px Scotland
23x15px Arabian Gulf

South Africa[edit]

Main article: 2009 South Africa Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 22x20px New Zealand 21 – 12 22x20px Fiji 22x20px Argentina
22x20px Kenya
Plate 22x20px England 21 – 7 22x20px South Africa 22x20px Samoa
22x20px Australia
Bowl 22x20px Wales 14 – 5 22x20px Russia 22x20px United States
22x20px Portugal
Shield 22x20px Scotland 28 – 19 22x20px France 22x20px Zimbabwe
22x20px Tunisia

New Zealand[edit]

Main article: 2010 Wellington Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 22x20px Fiji 19 – 14 22x20px Samoa 22x20px England
22x20px New Zealand
Plate 22x20px Australia 26 – 22 22x20px South Africa 22x20px Canada
22x20px Kenya
Bowl 22x20px Wales 7 – 5 22x20px France 22x20px Argentina
22x20px Niue
Shield 22x20px United States 17 – 14 22x20px Tonga 22x20px Papua New Guinea
22x20px Scotland

USA[edit]

Main article: 2010 USA Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 22x20px Samoa 33 – 12 22x20px New Zealand 22x20px Australia
22x20px Kenya
Plate 22x20px South Africa 12 – 7 22x20px Fiji 22x20px England
22x20px Wales
Bowl 22x20px United States 28 – 17 22x20px France 22x20px Argentina
22x20px Chile
Shield 22x20px Scotland 17 – 7 22x20px Japan 22x20px Canada
22x20px Guyana

Australia[edit]

Main article: 2010 Adelaide Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 22x20px Samoa 38 – 10 22x20px United States 22x20px Argentina
22x20px Australia
Plate 22x20px New Zealand 21 – 14 22x20px South Africa 22x20px Fiji
22x20px Wales
Bowl 22x20px England 33 – 12 22x20px Kenya 22x20px France
22x20px Scotland
Shield 22x20px Japan 22 – 19 22x20px Tonga 22x20px Niue
22x20px Papua New Guinea

Hong Kong[edit]

Main article: 2010 Hong Kong Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists Quarter Finalists
Cup 22x20px Samoa 24 – 21 22x20px New Zealand 22x20px England
22x20px Fiji
Plate 22x20px Australia 12 – 5 22x20px South Africa 22x20px Kenya
22x20px United States
Bowl 22x20px Canada 35 – 19 22x20px Wales 22x20px Portugal
22x20px Scotland
22x20px Argentina
22x20px France
22x20px Japan
22x20px Tonga
Shield 22x20px Hong Kong 19 – 17 22x20px Russia 22x20px Italy
22x20px Zimbabwe
22x20px China
22x20px Chinese Taipei
22x20px South Korea
22x20px Thailand

London[edit]

Main article: 2010 London Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 22x20px Australia 19 – 14 22x20px South Africa 22x20px Argentina
22x20px Samoa
Plate 22x20px New Zealand 26 – 24 22x20px Fiji 22x20px England
22x20px Wales
Bowl 22x20px Canada 19 – 17 22x20px Portugal 22x20px Scotland
22x20px United States
Shield 22x20px Kenya 24 – 21 22x20px France 22x20px Italy
22x20px Russia

Scotland[edit]

Main article: 2010 Edinburgh Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 22x20px Samoa 41 – 14 22x20px Australia 22x20px England
22x20px New Zealand
Plate 22x20px Scotland 19 – 0 22x20px Argentina 22x20px Fiji
22x20px South Africa
Bowl 22x20px Wales 26 – 10 22x20px Kenya 22x20px France
22x20px United States
Shield 22x20px Russia 26 – 7 22x20px Canada 22x20px Italy
22x20px Portugal

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 International Rugby Board (2009-07-08). 2009/10 IRB Sevens World Series schedule set. Press release. Retrieved on 2009-07-14.
  2. USA Sevens, LLC (2009-07-13). USA Sevens Signs Letter Of Intent to Bring Tournament to New Venue in 2010. Press release. Retrieved on 2009-07-14.
  3. International Rugby Board (2009-10-12). Pools and matches set for South Africa Sevens. Press release. Retrieved on 2009-10-12.
  4. International Rugby Board (2008-09-22). USA Rugby receives major Sevens boost. Press release. Retrieved on 2009-03-05.
  5. International Rugby Board (2009-11-05). Overhaul for Sevens World Series point system. Press release. Retrieved on 2009-11-06.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Rules: 16-Team Tournament". International Rugby Board. 2009. http://www.irb.com/irbsevens/rules/rules16.html. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  7. "Rules". International Rugby Board. http://www.irb.com/irbsevens/rules/index.html. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  8. "Rules: 24-Team Tournament". International Rugby Board. 2009–10. Archived from the original on 18 January 2010. http://www.irb.com/irbsevens/rules/rules16.html. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  9. International Rugby Board (2010-01-28). All 24 teams announced for Hong Kong Sevens. Press release. Retrieved on 2010-01-28.
  10. "Overall Standings". International Rugby Board. http://www.irb.com/irbsevens/standings.html. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 

External links[edit]

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