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2019–20 World Rugby Women's Sevens Series

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World Rugby
Women's Sevens Series VIII
Hosts
Date5 October 2019 – 31 May 2020

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

In March 2020, World Rugby postponed all remaining tournaments in the series due to the coronavirus pandemic.[1] The events in Langford and Paris were postponed provisionally until September,[2] preceding the Hong Kong event previously postponed until October.[3]

Format

Twelve nations compete at each event,[4] drawn into three pools of four teams.[5] The top-placed teams after the pool matches at each tournament play off for a Cup, with gold, silver and bronze medals also awarded to the first three teams.[6] The winner of the series is determined by the overall points standings gained across all events in the season.[7]

Teams

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

Brazil was promoted to core team status after winning the 2019–20 World Series qualifier held in Hong Kong,[8] replacing China who were relegated after finishing as the lowest-placed core team in 2018–19.

Tour venues

Three new legs in South Africa, New Zealand, and Hong Kong were added to the women's circuit for 2019–20.[9][10] The Japan Women's Sevens is not part of the series as the Olympic Sevens is being hosted in Tokyo in 2020, so there are eight women's events in the 2019–20 series.[11] All but two of these (the tournaments in Canada and the United States) are being hosted as combined sevens events with their corresponding tournaments from the men's World Series.[12][13]

2019–20 Itinerary
Leg Stadium City Dates Winner
United States Infinity Park Glendale (Denver) 5–6 October 2019  United States
Dubai The Sevens Dubai 5–7 December 2019  New Zealand
South Africa Cape Town Stadium Cape Town 13–15 December 2019  New Zealand
New Zealand Waikato Stadium Hamilton 25–26 January 2020  New Zealand
Australia Bankwest Stadium[14] Sydney 1–2 February 2020  New Zealand
Canada Westhills Stadium Langford (Victoria) TBC September 2020 [2]
France Stade Jean-Bouin Paris TBC September 2020 [2]
Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium Hong Kong 16–18 October 2020[3]

The Hong Kong event was originally scheduled to be played in April 2020 but was postponed due to health concerns relating to the 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak and rescheduled to October 2020.[3]

Standings

Official standings for the 2019–20 series:

2019–20 World Rugby Women's Sevens
Series VIII
 
Pos
Event 
Team

Glen­dale

Dubai

Cape Town

Hamil­ton

Sydney

Lang­ford

Paris

Hong Kong
Points
total
1  New Zealand 16 20 20 20 20 96
2  Australia 18 14 18 14 16 80
3  Canada 10 18 16 18 18 80
4  France 14 12 14 16 14 70
5  United States 20 16 12 12 6 66
6  Russia 8 10 6 8 8 40
7  Fiji 2 8 10 6 12 38
8  England 4 4 8 10 10 36
9  Spain 12 6 4 3 3 28
10  Ireland 6 3 2 2 2 15
11  Japan 3 1 4 8
12  Brazil 1 2 1 1 1 6
13  China 4 4
14  South Africa 3 3

Source: World Rugby

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

Placings summary

Tallies of top four tournament placings during the 2019–20 series, by team:

Team 1st place, gold medalist(s) Gold 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Silver 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Bronze Fourth Total
 New Zealand 4 1 5
 United States 1 1 2
 Canada 3 1 4
 Australia 2 1 2 5
 France 1 3 4
Totals 5 5 5 5 20

Tournaments

Glendale

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup  United States 26–7  Australia  New Zealand (Bronze)
 France
5th Place  Spain 12–7  Canada  Russia
 Ireland
Challenge Trophy  England 36–14  Japan  Brazil
 Fiji

Dubai*

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup  New Zealand 17–14  Canada  United States (Bronze)
 Australia
9th Place  England 26–21  Ireland -
11th Place  Brazil 14-12  Japan -

Cape Town*

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup  New Zealand 17–7  Australia  Canada (Bronze)
 France
9th Place  Spain 19–7  South Africa -
11th Place  Ireland 26-7  Brazil -

* 5th Place and Challenge Trophy not contested

Players

Tries scored

Rank Player Tries
1 New Zealand Stacey Fluhler 31
2 Australia Ellia Green 26
3 United States Alev Kelter 21
4 Canada Bianca Farella 18
5 Australia Emma Tonegato 18

Points scored

Rank Player Points
1 United States Alev Kelter 171
2 Canada Ghislaine Landry 170
3 Australia Ellia Green 164
4 New Zealand Stacey Fluhler 155
5 New Zealand Tyla Nathan-Wong 139

Updated: 4 February 2020

Awards

Total impact player points
Pos Player T B O C Total
1 New Zealand Stacey Waaka 10 22 13 61 163
2 Australia Emma Tonegato 29 15 8 69 159
3 United States Alev Kelter 18 16 7 77 157
4 Canada Bianca Farella 34 12 7 59 143
5 Fiji Asinate Savu 17 6 30 48 143
6 New Zealand Kelly Brazier 44 9 7 48 139
7 Russia Alena Mikhaltsova 26 6 22 51 139
8 Australia Ellia Green 21 15 7 53 133
9 France Coralie Bertrand 35 6 12 47 124
10 United States Kristi Kirshe 24 10 4 60 122

Updated: 30 December 2019

See also

References

  1. ^ "World Rugby update on COVID-19 response measures and statement from Sir Bill Beaumont". World Rugby. 20 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Coronavirus: World Rugby forced into mass cancellations". The New Zealand Herald. 21 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "World Rugby Statement: Singapore and Hong Kong Sevens rescheduled". World.Rugby. 13 February 2020.
  4. ^ Tournament Rules 2018, p. 2.
  5. ^ Tournament Rules 2018, p. 3.
  6. ^ Tournament Rules 2018, pp. 3–5.
  7. ^ Tournament Rules 2018, pp. 2–3.
  8. ^ "Brazil win Core Qualifiers in Hong Kong". Americas Rugby. 5 April 2019. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  9. ^ Breakfast, Sivewe (18 July 2019). "Cape Town Sevens dates confirmed: Women's event added to extended 2019 tournament". The South African. Archived from the original on 21 July 2019.
  10. ^ Navzi, Careem (13 March 2019). "Hong Kong Rugby Sevens to include women's event for first time from 2020 in revamped World Series". South China Morning Post. Archived from the original on 13 March 2019. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  11. ^ "HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series". world.rugby. Archived from the original on 21 July 2019.
  12. ^ "World Rugby announces new-look men's and women's HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019-23". world.rugby. 13 March 2019. Archived from the original on 25 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Schedule announced for HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020". World.Rugby. 8 August 2019. Archived from the original on 8 August 2019.
  14. ^ "HSBC Sydney 7s heads to Bankwest Stadium". Rugby Australia. 3 June 2019. Archived from the original on 4 June 2019.

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