2004–05 World Sevens Series

The 2004–05 Sevens World Series was the sixth edition of the global circuit for men's national rugby sevens teams, organised by the International Rugby Board since 1999–2000. The defending series champions New Zealand retained their title by winning the 2004–05 series.

2004–05 IRB Sevens
Series VI
Hosts
Date2 December 2004 – 11 June 2005
Nations32
Final positions
Champions New Zealand
Runners-up Fiji
Third England

CalendarEdit

2004–05 Itinerary[1]
Leg Venue Dates Winner
Dubai Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground December 2–3, 2004   England
South Africa Outeniqua Park, George December 10–11, 2004   New Zealand
New Zealand Westpac Stadium, Wellington February 4–5, 2005   New Zealand
United States Home Depot Center, Los Angeles February 12–13, 2005   New Zealand
Singapore National Stadium, Singapore April 1–2, 2005   New Zealand
London Twickenham June 4–5, 2005   South Africa
Paris Stade Jean-Bouin June 10–11, 2005   France

Competition formatEdit

All tournaments in the 2004–05 series were played as a standard 16-team event, beginning with the pool stage before progressing to a knockout stage to decide the tournament winners.

Pool stageEdit

For the pool stage, teams were divided into 4 pools of 4 teams and a round-robin was played within each pool. The points awarded for the pool matches were 3 for a win, 2 for a draw, 1 for a loss. Where tie-breakers were required, the head-to-head result between the tied teams was used, followed by the difference in points scored during tournament play.

Knockout stageEdit

Four trophies were contested during the knockout stage – in descending order of prestige: the Cup (whose winner became the tournament champion), Plate, Bowl and Shield. The format of the playoffs is described below

Cup
  • The top 8 sides (i.e. top two from each pool) advanced to the Cup quarterfinals
  • The 4 winners of the quarterfinals meet in the Cup semifinal bracket to play off for first, second and shared third place in the tournament.

Plate

  • The 4 losers of the Cup quarterfinals drop down to the Plate semifinal bracket to play off for fifth, sixth and shared seventh place in the tournament.

Bowl

  • The 4 third-placed sides from each pool meet in the Bowl bracket to decide 9th, 10th and shared 11th place in the tournament.

Shield

  • The 4 fourth-placed sides from each pool met in the Shield bracket to decide 13th, 14th and shared 15th place in the tournament.

Points scheduleEdit

The season championship was determined by the total points earned in all tournaments. The points schedule used for 2004–05 World Sevens Series was:

Points schedule: 16-team event
Points Place Status
20 1st Cup winner
16 2nd Cup runner-up
12 3rd
(2-way share)
Losing Cup semifinalists
8 5th Plate winner
6 6th Plate runner-up
4 7th
(2-way share)
Losing Plate semifinalists
2 9th Bowl winner

Final standingsEdit

The points awarded to teams at each event, as well as the overall season totals, are shown in the table below. Points for the event winners are indicated in bold. A zero (0) is recorded in the event column where a team played in a tournament but did not gain any points. A dash (–) is recorded in the event column if a team did not compete at a tournament.

2004–05 IRB Sevens – Series VI
 
Pos.
Event 
Team
 
Dubai
 
George
 
Well­ing­ton
 
Los ​Ang­eles
 
Singa­pore
 
Lon­don
 
Paris
Points
total
   
1   New Zealand 12 20 20 20 20 12 12 116
2   Fiji 16 16 12 8 12 8 16 88
3   England 20 12 4 12 16 16 6 86
4   South Africa 12 8 12 4 12 20 8 76
5   Argentina 6 12 16 16 4 12 4 70
6   Samoa 8 6 4 6 8 2 12 46
7   Australia 4 2 8 12 6 6 4 42
8   France 0 0 0 4 2 4 20 30
9   Scotland 4 0 6 0 4 4 2 20
10   Kenya 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 6
11   Tunisia 0 4 0 0 4
12   Canada 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
13   Portugal 2 0 0 0 2

Source: rugby7.com (archived)

Notes:
  Light blue line on the left indicates a core team eligible to participate in all events of the series.

TournamentsEdit

DubaiEdit

Trophy Winners Score Finalists Semi-finalists
Cup   Fiji 21–26   England   South Africa
  New Zealand
Plate   Samoa 21–19   Argentina   Australia
  Scotland
Bowl   France 5–10   Portugal TBC
TBC
Shield   Ireland 5–17   Tunisia TBC
TBC

South AfricaEdit

Trophy Winners Score Finalists Semi-finalists
Cup   New Zealand 33–19   Fiji   England
  Argentina
Plate   South Africa 12–7   Samoa   Tunisia
  Kenya
Bowl   Canada 12–38   Australia TBC
TBC
Shield   Portugal 17–12   France TBC
TBC

New ZealandEdit

Trophy Winners Score Finalists Semi-finalists
Cup   Argentina 7–31   New Zealand   South Africa
  Fiji
Plate   Scotland 0–32   Australia   Samoa
  England
Bowl   Tonga 12–17   Kenya TBC
TBC
Shield   Japan 19–29   Niue TBC
TBC

United StatesEdit

Trophy Winners Score Finalists Semi-finalists
Cup   Argentina 5–34   New Zealand   Australia
  England
Plate   Samoa 21–24   Fiji   France
  South Africa
Bowl   Kenya 0–15   Canada TBC
TBC
Shield   Tonga 40–0   Mexico TBC
TBC

SingaporeEdit

Trophy Winners Score Finalists Semi-finalists
Cup   New Zealand 26–5   England   Fiji
  South Africa
Plate   Samoa 14–15   Australia   Scotland
  Argentina
Bowl   Canada 12–19   France TBC
TBC
Shield   Chinese Taipei 17–10   China TBC
TBC

FranceEdit

Trophy Winners Score Finalists Semi-finalists
Cup   France 28–19   Fiji   Samoa
  New Zealand
Plate   South Africa 26–19   England   Australia
  Scotland
Bowl   Argentina 26–10   Georgia TBC
TBC
Shield   Canada 33–21   Russia TBC
TBC

LondonEdit

Trophy Winners Score Finalists Semi-finalists
Cup   South Africa 21–12   England   Argentina
  New Zealand
Plate   Australia 12–29   Fiji   Scotland
  France
Bowl   Tunisia 0–27   Samoa TBC
TBC
Shield   Kenya 12–18   Canada TBC
TBC

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "IRB Sevens World Series set for another record breaking year". International Rugby Board. 2007-08-01. Archived from the original on 2007-10-24. Retrieved 2007-08-03.

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