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2019–20 World Rugby Sevens Series

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2019–20 World Rugby Sevens
Series XXI
Hosts
Date5 December 2019 – 31 May 2020
Series details
Top point scorerWaisea Nacuqu (128)
Top try scorerJordan Conroy (23)

The 2019–20 World Rugby Sevens Series is 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.

In March 2020, World Rugby postponed all remaining tournaments in the series due to the coronavirus pandemic.[1] The events in London and Paris were postponed provisionally until September,[1] preceding the Singapore and Hong Kong events previously postponed until October.[2]

Format

Sixteen nations compete at each event, drawn into four pools of four teams.[3][4] Following the pool matches at each tournament, the top eight teams (two teams from each pool) play off for a Cup, with gold, silver and bronze medals also awarded to the first three teams.[5] The bottom eight teams after the pool matches play off for the lower-ranked placings from ninth to sixteenth at each tournament. The winner of the series is determined by the overall points standings gained across all events in the season.[6]

Core teams

The fifteen "core teams" qualified to participate in all series events for 2019–20 are:

Ireland joined as a core team for the first time after winning the 2019–20 World Series qualifier held in Hong Kong. They replaced Japan who were relegated after finishing as the lowest-placed core team in 2018–19. However, Japan will play in several tournaments as the wild card team in preparation to host the Olympic tournament.

Tour venues

The official schedule for the 2019–20 World Rugby Sevens Series is:[7]

2019–20 Itinerary
Leg Stadium City Dates Winner
Dubai The Sevens Dubai 5–7 December 2019  South Africa
South Africa Cape Town Stadium Cape Town 13–15 December 2019  New Zealand
New Zealand FMG Stadium Waikato Hamilton 25–26 January 2020  New Zealand
Australia Bankwest Stadium Sydney 1–2 February 2020  Fiji
United States Dignity Health Sports Park Los Angeles 29 February – 1 March 2020  South Africa
Canada BC Place Vancouver 7–8 March 2020  New Zealand
England Twickenham Stadium London TBC September 2020 [1]
France Stade Jean-Bouin Paris TBC September 2020 [1]
Singapore National Stadium Singapore 10–11 October 2020 [2]
Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium Hong Kong 16–18 October 2020 [2]

The Singapore and Hong Kong events were originally scheduled to be played in April 2020 but were postponed due to health concerns relating to the coronavirus pandemic and rescheduled to October 2020.[2]

Standings

Official standings for the 2019–20 series:

2019–20 World Rugby Sevens
Series XXI
 
Pos
Event 
Team

Dubai

Cape Town

Hamil­ton

Sydney

Los Angeles

Van­couver

London

Paris

Singa­pore

Hong Kong
Points
total
1  New Zealand 19 22 22 13 17 22 115
2  South Africa 22 19 7 19 22 15 104
3  Fiji 8 15 8 22 19 11 83
4  Australia 13 5 17 12 15 19 81
5  England 17 7 15 15 10 13 77
6  France 12 17 19 8 11 7 74
7  United States 10 8 12 17 13 12 72
8  Canada 7 6 13 7 7 17 57
9  Argentina 11 13 11 10 8 3 56
10  Ireland 5 12 5 11 12 4 49
11  Scotland 3 10 6 6 4 8 37
12  Kenya 4 11 10 1 3 6 35
13  Samoa 15 4 2 2 5 5 33
14  Spain 6 3 4 4 6 10 33
15  Wales 2 1 1 5 2 2 13
16  Japan 1 2 3 3 1 10
17  South Korea 1 1

Source: World Rugby

Legend
No colour Core team in 2019–20 and re-qualifying as a core team for the 2020–21 World Rugby Sevens Series
Pink Relegation position for the lowest placed core team at the end of the 2019–20 season
Yellow Invited team

Players

Scoring leaders

Tries scored
Rank Player Tries
1 Jordan Conroy 30
2 Carlin Isles 22
3 Aminiasi Tuimaba 20
4 Perry Baker 19
5 Terry Kennedy 17
Points scored
Rank Player Points
1 Napolioni Bolaca 159
2 Jordan Conroy 150
3 Nathan Hirayama 141
4 Lewis Holland 125
5 Waisea Nacuqu 124

Updated: 11 March 2020

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d "World Rugby update on COVID-19 response measures and statement from Sir Bill Beaumont". World Rugby. 20 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d "World Rugby Statement: Singapore and Hong Kong Sevens rescheduled". World.Rugby. 13 February 2020.
  3. ^ Tournament Rules 2018, p. 2.
  4. ^ Tournament Rules 2018, p. 3.
  5. ^ Tournament Rules 2018, pp. 3–5.
  6. ^ Tournament Rules 2018, pp. 2–3.
  7. ^ "Schedule announced for HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020". World.Rugby. 8 August 2019. Archived from the original on 8 August 2019.

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