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The 2010–11 IRB Sevens World Series was the 12th annual IRB Sevens World Series of rugby union sevens tournaments for full national sides run by the International Rugby Board since 1999–2000.

2010–11 IRB Sevens World Series
Host nations UAE
 South Africa
 New Zealand
 United States
 Hong Kong
 Australia
 England
 Scotland
Date3 December 2010 - 29 May 2011
Final positions
Champions New Zealand
Runners-up South Africa
Third England
2009-10
2011-12

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

Contents

ItineraryEdit

The IRB announced dates for the 2010–11 events on 1 June 2010, only two days after the final event of the 2009–10 series, the Edinburgh Sevens.[1] The stops remained unchanged from recent years; the only scheduling change for 2010–11 was that the Adelaide event, which moved from its traditional slot of one week after Hong Kong to one week before in 2010,[2] returned to its prior slot for 2011.[1]

This was the last season for the South Africa leg in George and the Australia leg in Adelaide. On 13 April 2011, both countries' national unions announced that their respective legs of the series would move to new sites for 2011–12. The South Africa Sevens will move to Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.[3] The Australia leg will move to Skilled Park in the Gold Coast; it was initially known as the "International Rugby Sevens Gold Coast",[4] but later rebranded simply as the "Gold Coast Sevens".[5]

2010–11 Itinerary[1]
Leg Venue Date Winner
Dubai The Sevens 3–4 December 2010   England
South Africa Outeniqua Park, George 10–11 December 2010   New Zealand
New Zealand Westpac Stadium, Wellington 4–5 February 2011   New Zealand
United States Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas 12–13 February 2011   South Africa
Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium 25–27 March 2011   New Zealand
Australia Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 2–3 April 2011   New Zealand
London Twickenham 21–22 May 2011   South Africa
Edinburgh Murrayfield, Edinburgh 28–29 May 2011   South Africa

Core teamsEdit

Before each season, the IRB announces the 12 "core teams" that received guaranteed berths in each event in that season's series. The core teams for 2010–11 were:

The core teams were unchanged from 2009–10.

Points scheduleEdit

The season championship was determined by points earned in each tournament. The points allocations for all events were identical to those in the 2009–10 series, reflecting changes that the IRB made starting with that season:[6]

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 structureEdit

In all tournaments except Hong Kong, 16 teams participated. Due to its place as the sport's most prestigious annual event, the Hong Kong tournament had 24 teams. In each 16-team tournament, the teams were divided into pools of four teams, who played a round-robin within the pool. Points were 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 was the head-to-head result between the tied teams, followed by difference in points scored during the tournament.[7]

Four trophies were awarded in each tournament. In descending order of prestige, they were the Cup, whose winner was the overall tournament champion, Plate, Bowl and Shield. The Shield was contested in Hong Kong for the first time in 2010. Each trophy was awarded at the end of a knockout tournament.[8]

In a 16-team tournament, the top two teams in each pool advanced to the Cup competition. The four quarterfinal losers dropped into the bracket for the Plate. The Bowl was 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.[7]

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.[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.
  • The Shield was contested by the remaining eight entrants.

StandingsEdit

2010–11 Standings[10]
Pos. Country Dubai South Africa
(George)
New Zealand
(Wellington)
USA
(Las Vegas)
Hong Kong Australia
(Adelaide)
England
(London)
Scotland
(Edinburgh)
Overall
1   New Zealand 16 24 24 16 30 24 16 16 166
2   South Africa 12 12 8 24 16 20 24 24 140
3   England 24 20 20 16 25 16 0 6 127
4   Fiji 16 16 12 20 20 6 20 12 122
5   Samoa 20 16 16 12 20 16 12 8 120
6   Australia 8 6 16 6 10 6 8 20 80
7   Wales 6 6 6 0 0 12 16 16 62
8   Argentina 4 8 6 6 0 8 6 0 38
9   Kenya 0 0 4 8 0 0 0 4 16
10   Scotland 0 4 0 4 0 0 4 0 12
10   France 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 6 12
12   United States 6 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 10
13   Portugal 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
13   Russia 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
15   Canada 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 5

Player scoringEdit

Individual pointsEdit

Individual points [11]
Pos. Player Country Points
1 Cecil Afrika   South Africa 381
2 Tomasi Cama   New Zealand 299
3 Ben Gollings   England 278
4 Hamish Angus   Australia 240
5 Andrew Skeen   Scotland 201
6 Emosi Vucago   Fiji 195
7 Bernard Foley   Australia 123
8 Frank Halai   New Zealand 175
9 Dan Norton   England 164
10 Gonzalo Gutierrez Taboada   Argentina 159

Individual triesEdit

Individual tries [12]
Pos. Player Country Tries
1 Cecil Afrika   South Africa 40
2 Frank Halai   New Zealand 35
3 Dan Norton   England 32
4 Humphrey Kayange   Kenya 31
5-tie Seremaia Burotu   Fiji 29
5-tie Collins Injera   Kenya 29
7 Toby Arnold   New Zealand 27
8-tie Bernard Foley   Australia 26
8-tie Declan O'Donnell   New Zealand 26

TournamentsEdit

DubaiEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup   England 29 – 21   Samoa   Fiji
  New Zealand
Plate   South Africa 19 – 12   Australia   United States
  Wales
Bowl   Argentina 21 – 0   Zimbabwe   Russia
  Scotland
Shield   Kenya 26 – 0   France   Portugal
 Arabian Gulf

South AfricaEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup   New Zealand 22 – 19   England   Samoa
  Fiji
Plate   South Africa 10 – 5   Argentina   Wales
  Australia
Bowl   Scotland 26 – 0   Russia   Portugal
  France
Shield   Zimbabwe 14 – 5   Kenya   Namibia
  United States

New ZealandEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup   New Zealand 29 – 14   England   Samoa
  Australia
Plate   Fiji 26 – 12   South Africa   Argentina
  Wales
Bowl   Kenya 19 – 0   Tonga   Scotland
  Cook Islands
Shield   United States 19 – 12   France   Canada
  Papua New Guinea

USAEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup   South Africa 24 – 14   Fiji   England
  New Zealand
Plate   Samoa 26 – 15   Kenya   Australia
  Argentina
Bowl   Scotland 19 – 14   Canada   France
  Wales
Shield   United States 19 – 12   Japan   Uruguay
  Guyana

Hong KongEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists Quarter Finalists
Cup   New Zealand 29 – 17   England   Fiji
  Samoa
Plate   South Africa 26 – 19   Australia   Portugal
  Russia
Bowl   Canada 35 – 12   Japan   United States
  Wales
  Scotland
  Tonga
  France
  Argentina
Shield   Kenya 17 – 12   Spain   China
  Zimbabwe
  Malaysia
  Hong Kong
  South Korea
  Mexico

AustraliaEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup   New Zealand 28 – 20   South Africa   England
  Samoa
Plate   Wales 14 – 7   Argentina   Australia
  Fiji
Bowl   United States 17 – 10   Kenya   France
  Scotland
Shield   Japan 22 – 5   Tonga   Cook Islands
  Papua New Guinea

EnglandEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup   South Africa 24 – 14   Fiji   New Zealand
  Wales
Plate   Samoa 22 – 12   Australia   Argentina
  France
Bowl   Scotland 21 – 19   Kenya   Spain
  Russia
Shield   England 22 – 7   Portugal   United States
  Canada

ScotlandEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup   South Africa 36 – 35   Australia   Wales
  New Zealand
Plate   Fiji 26 – 14   Samoa   England
  France
Bowl   Kenya 21 – 14   Scotland   Spain
  Argentina
Shield   Canada 17 – 12   Russia   United States
  Portugal

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Dates set for 2010/11 IRB Sevens World Series" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 1 June 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-06-04. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
  2. ^ "2009/10 IRB Sevens World Series schedule set" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 8 July 2009. Archived from the original on 11 July 2009. Retrieved 14 July 2009.
  3. ^ "Port Elizabeth named as new host of SA Sevens event" (Press release). South African Rugby Union. 13 April 2011. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Gold Coast to Become New Home for Australian Sevens" (Press release). Australian Rugby Union. 13 April 2011. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
  5. ^ "Gold Coast Sevens". Australian Rugby Union. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
  6. ^ "Points system" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 2010-12-04. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  7. ^ a b "Rules: 16-Team Tournament". International Rugby Board. 2009. Archived from the original on 2011-08-07. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  8. ^ "Rules". International Rugby Board. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  9. ^ "Rules: 24-Team Tournament". International Rugby Board. 2009–2010. Archived from the original on November 23, 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-28.
  10. ^ "Overall Standings". International Rugby Board. Archived from the original on 2011-09-02. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  11. ^ "IRB Sevens World Series 2010/11 Statistics: Season Player Points". International Rugby Board. Archived from the original on 2010-11-23. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  12. ^ "IRB Sevens World Series 2010/11 Statistics: Season Player Tries". International Rugby Board. Archived from the original on 2010-11-21. Retrieved 2010-12-04.

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