2011–12 IRB Sevens World Series

The 2011–12 IRB Sevens World Series, known for sponsorship reasons as the HSBC Sevens World Series, was the 13th annual series of the IRB Sevens World Series tournaments for full national sides run by the International Rugby Board since 1999–2000.

2011–12 IRB Sevens World Series
Hosts Australia
 United Arab Emirates
 South Africa
 New Zealand
 United States
 Hong Kong
 Japan
 Scotland
 England
Date25 November 2011
Nations30
Final positions
Champions New Zealand
Runners-up Fiji
Third England
Series details
Top point scorerNew Zealand Tomasi Cama
(390 points)
Top try scorerEngland Mathew Turner
(38 tries)

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 involves 24 teams instead of the normal 16. In addition, the USA Sevens were a three-day affair this season despite being a standard 16-team event.

ItineraryEdit

The IRB announced the schedule for the 2011–12 series on 18 August 2011. The most important development was the addition of a leg in Japan, expanding the circuit to nine legs. Two other significant scheduling changes were made. The Australian leg, which had previously followed the Hong Kong Sevens, was now the first event in the series. Also, the last two legs of the series, originally slated for Edinburgh and London, switched places on the schedule, making the London leg the last in the series.[1]

On 13 April 2011, the Australian and South African unions (respectively ARU and SARU) both announced that their countries' legs of the series would move to new sites effective with this season. The ARU announced that its leg would move from Adelaide to the Gold Coast. Initially, the event was called the "International Rugby Sevens Gold Coast", but was later rebranded as simply the "Gold Coast Sevens".[2][3] The SARU announced that Port Elizabeth would become the new host of the South Africa leg, replacing George.[4]

On 9 December 2011, the IRB and the Scottish Rugby Union announced that the Scotland Sevens, also previously known as the Edinburgh Sevens, would move to Glasgow effective with the 2012 edition.[5]

2011–12 Itinerary[1]
Leg Venue Date Winner
Australia Skilled Park, Gold Coast 25–26 November 2011   Fiji
Dubai The Sevens, Dubai 2–3 December 2011   England
South Africa Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth 9–10 December 2011   New Zealand
New Zealand Westpac Stadium, Wellington 3–4 February 2012   New Zealand
United States Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas 10–12 February 2012   Samoa
Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong 23–25 March 2012   Fiji
Japan Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo 31 March–1 April 2012   Australia
Scotland Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow 5–6 May 2012   New Zealand
England Twickenham, London 12–13 May 2012   Fiji

Women's sevensEdit

The 2011 Dubai Sevens saw the IRB organise its first officially sanctioned women's international sevens tournament apart from the Rugby World Cup Sevens. It involved eight teams—Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, South Africa, Spain, and the USA—and the semifinals and final were held on the main pitch at The Sevens. This was part of a plan to launch a full IRB International Women's Sevens Series for 2012–13.[6]

Core teamsEdit

Before each season, the IRB announces the 12 "core teams" that received guaranteed berths in each event of that season's series. The core teams for 2011–12 were:[7]

The core teams have been unchanged since the 2008–09 series.

Points scheduleEdit

The season championship was determined by points earned in each tournament. A new points system, in which each participating team now receives Series points, was introduced shortly before the 2011–12 season kicked off:[8]

16-team events (all except for Hong Kong)
  • Cup winner (1st place): 22 points
  • Cup runner-up (2nd place): 19 points
  • Cup third-place play-off winner (3rd place): 17 points
  • Cup third-place play-off loser (4th place): 15 points
  • Plate winner (5th place): 13 points
  • Plate runner-up (6th place): 12 points
  • Losing Plate semi-finalists (joint 7th place): 10 points
  • Bowl winner (9th place): 8 points
  • Bowl runner-up (10th place): 7 points
  • Losing Bowl semi-finalists (joint 11th place): 5 points
  • Shield winner (13th place): 3 points
  • Shield runner-up (14th place): 2 points
  • Losing Shield semi-finalists (joint 15th place): 1 point
24-team event (Hong Kong)
  • To be announced

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. In case of a tie on competition points, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:[9]

  1. Head-to-head result
  2. Difference in points scored in all pool matches
  3. Difference in tries scored in all pool matches
  4. Total points scored in all pool matches
  5. Total tries scored in all pool matches
  6. Coin toss

A tie between more than two teams is resolved in the same manner, but without considering head-to-head results.[9]

Four trophies were awarded in each tournament. In descending order of prestige, they were the Cup (overall tournament champion), Plate, Bowl and Shield. Each trophy was awarded at the end of a knockout tournament.[10]

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.[9]

The Hong Kong Sevens used a similar structure, though adjusted for the larger number of teams involved. Its 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. The six pool winners and the two top second-place finishers advanced to the Cup competition.[11]

  • 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.


TableEdit

2011–12 Standings[12]
Pos. Country Australia (Gold Coast) Dubai South Africa
(Port Elizabeth)
New Zealand
(Well­ington)
USA
(Las Vegas)
Hong Kong Japan
(Tokyo)
Scotland
(Glasgow)
England
(London)
Overall
1   New Zealand 19 10 22 22 19 19 17 22 17 167
2   Fiji 22 17 12 19 17 22 13 17 22 161
3   England 10 22 15 17 10 15 15 19 12 135
4   Samoa 12 3 17 15 22 13 19 13 19 133
5   South Africa 17 12 19 13 15 17 12 10 10 125
6   Australia 15 13 10 7 7 10 22 15 13 112
7   Argentina 8 15 5 5 12 12 10 10 15 92
8   Wales 13 10 13 5 10 10 10 12 8 91
9   France 10 19 10 10 3 5 8 5 3 73
10   Scotland 7 8 8 3 2 5 3 5 7 48
11   United States 5 7 5 1 5 7 7 2 2 41
12   Kenya 1 2 2 8 13 8 2 3 1 40
13   Canada 0 5 7 10 8 3 0 0 0 33
14   Spain 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 7 10 19
15   Portugal 0 5 1 0 0 1 5 1 5 18
16   Tonga 5 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 17
17   Japan 2 0 0 1 5 1 1 0 0 10
17   Russia 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 1 10
17   Zimbabwe 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 5 10
20   Hong Kong 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 5
21   Papua New Guinea 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
22   Cook Islands 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
23   Brazil 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
23   Morocco 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
23   Niue 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
23   United Arab Emirates 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
23   Uruguay 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
28   China 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28   Guyana 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28   Philippines 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Player scoringEdit

Most pointsEdit

Most points[13]
Pos. Player Points
1   Junior Tomasi Cama (NZL) 390
2   Metuisela Talebula (FIJ) 271
3   Colin Gregor (SCO) 242
4   Mathew Turner (ENG) 194
5   Dan Norton (ENG) 191
6   Branco du Preez (RSA) 175
7   Tom Iosefo (SAM) 167
8   Paul Albaladejo (FRA) 159
9   Tom Mitchell (ENG) 154
10   Frank Halai (NZL) 150

Most triesEdit

Most tries[14]
Pos. Player Tries
1   Mathew Turner (ENG) 38
2   Dan Norton (ENG) 37
3   Junior Tomasi Cama (NZL) 34
4   Tom Iosefo (SAM) 33
5   Frank Halai (NZL) 30
6   James Fleming (SCO) 29
7   Joeli Lutumailagi (FIJ) 28
8   Paul Perez (SAM) 27
9   Richard Smith (WAL) 26
10   Waisea Nayacalevu (FIJ) 25
10   Metuisela Talebula (FIJ) 25

TournamentsEdit

Gold CoastEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi-finalists
Cup   Fiji 26 – 12   New Zealand   Australia
  South Africa
Plate   Wales 26 – 15   Samoa   England
  France
Bowl   Argentina 17 – 14   Scotland   Tonga
  United States
Shield   Papua New Guinea 31 – 19   Japan   Kenya
  Niue

DubaiEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi-finalists
Cup   England 29 – 12   France   Argentina
  Fiji
Plate   Australia 17 – 14   South Africa   New Zealand
  Wales
Bowl   Scotland 26 – 0   United States   Canada
  Portugal
Shield   Samoa 31 – 17   Kenya   United Arab Emirates
  Zimbabwe

South AfricaEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi-finalists
Cup   New Zealand 31 – 26   South Africa   England
  Samoa
Plate   Wales 48 – 0   Fiji   Australia
  France
Bowl   Scotland 22 – 19   Canada   Argentina
  United States
Shield   Zimbabwe 19 – 12   Kenya   Morocco
  Portugal

WellingtonEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi-finalists
Cup   New Zealand 24 – 7   Fiji   England
  Samoa
Plate   South Africa 24 – 0   Tonga   Canada
  France
Bowl   Kenya 12 – 7   Australia   Argentina
  Wales
Shield   Scotland 19 – 17   Cook Islands   Japan
  United States

USAEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi-finalists
Cup   Samoa 26 – 19   New Zealand   Fiji
  South Africa
Plate   Kenya 21 – 7   Argentina   England
  Wales
Bowl   Canada 19 – 17   Australia   Japan
  United States
Shield   France 22 – 7   Scotland   Brazil
  Uruguay

Hong KongEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi-finalists
Cup   Fiji 35 – 28   New Zealand   England
  South Africa
Plate   Samoa 12 – 10   Argentina   Australia
  Wales
Bowl   Kenya 14 – 12   United States   France
  Scotland
Shield   Canada 22 – 5   Spain   Japan
  Portugal

JapanEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi-finalists
Cup   Australia 28 – 26   Samoa   England
  New Zealand
Plate   Fiji 14 – 10   South Africa   Argentina
  Wales
Bowl   France 17 – 12   United States   Hong Kong
  Portugal
Shield   Scotland 26 – 12   Kenya   Japan
  Russia

ScotlandEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi-finalists
Cup   New Zealand 29 – 14   England   Australia
  Fiji
Plate   Samoa 31 – 12   Wales   Argentina
  South Africa
Bowl   Russia 33 – 19   Spain   France
  Scotland
Shield   Kenya 22 – 14   United States   Portugal
  Zimbabwe

LondonEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi-finalists
Cup   Fiji 38 – 15   Samoa   Argentina
  New Zealand
Plate   Australia 14 – 12   England   South Africa
  Spain
Bowl   Wales 27 – 5   Scotland   Portugal
  Zimbabwe
Shield   France 19 – 12   United States   Kenya
  Russia

ReferencesEdit

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