2012–13 IRB Sevens World Series

The 2012–13 IRB Sevens World Series, known for sponsorship reasons as the HSBC Sevens World Series, was the 14th annual series of rugby sevens tournaments for full national sides. The IRB Sevens World Series has been run by the International Rugby Board since 1999–2000.

2012–13 World Rugby Sevens
Series XIV
Hosts
  • Australia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • South Africa
  • New Zealand
  • United States
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Scotland
  • England
Date13 Oct 2012 – 12 May 2013
Nations22
Final positions
Champions New Zealand
Runners-up South Africa
Third Fiji
Series details
Top point scorerEngland Dan Norton
(264 points)
Top try scorerEngland Dan Norton
(52 tries)

ItineraryEdit

The schedule for the 2012–13 Series was released to the general public in late June 2012. At the time, the schedule included a new event to be held in La Plata, Argentina.[1] However, on 16 August, the Argentine Rugby Union pulled out of hosting an event in 2012–13, citing demands associated with the country's 2012 entry into The Rugby Championship.

2012–13 Itinerary[1]
Leg Venue Date Winner
Australia Skilled Park, Gold Coast 13–14 October 2012   Fiji
Dubai The Sevens, Dubai 30 Nov–1 Dec 2012   Samoa
South Africa Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth 8–9 December 2012   New Zealand
New Zealand Westpac Stadium, Wellington 1–2 February 2013   England
United States Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas 8–10 February 2013   South Africa
Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong 22–24 March 2013   Fiji
Japan Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo 30–31 March 2013   South Africa
Scotland Scotstoun Stadium. Glasgow 4–5 May 2013   South Africa
England Twickenham, London 11–12 May 2013   New Zealand

Core teamsEdit

Before each season, the IRB announces the "core teams" that received guaranteed berths in each event of that season's series. This was the first series in which 15 teams received this status, up from 12 in the recent past. All 12 core teams from 2011–12 retained their status, with three more being elevated as top finishers in a 12-team qualifying tournament conducted as part of the 2012 Hong Kong Sevens. The 2012–13 core teams are:[2][3]

Promotion and relegationEdit

For the first time, the IRB instituted a formal promotion and relegation process for core team status in the Sevens World Series, replacing the former ad hoc process. The top 12 core teams in the season table after the next-to-last round of the series in Glasgow retained their status for 2013–14. The remaining three core teams for 2013–14 are being determined in a two-stage qualifying process:[4]

  • The first stage was a World Series Pre-Qualifier held as part of the 2013 Hong Kong Sevens. Two qualifiers from each of the IRB's six regions competed. The 12 teams were drawn into three pools, with the top two teams from each pool, plus the top two runners-up, advancing to a quarterfinal round. The winners of the four quarterfinal matches (Russia, Zimbabwe, Tonga, and Georgia) advanced to the second stage.
  • The final stage, the World Series Core Team Qualifier, was held as part of the 2013 London Sevens. The pre-qualifiers were joined by Hong Kong, which earned its spot by winning the HSBC Asian Sevens Series,[5] plus the bottom three core teams following the Scotland Sevens. The qualifier was conducted with a pool stage followed by knockout play, with the two finalists and the winner of the third-place match becoming 2013–14 core teams.

TableEdit

Legend
2013–14 automatic core team
2013–14 core team qualifier
2013 London Sevens core team qualifier tournament
Eliminated from IRB Sevens World Series
2012–13 Standings[6]
Pos. Country Aust­ralia Dubai South Africa New Zealand USA Hong Kong Japan Scotland England Overall
1   New Zealand 19 19 22 17 19 17 19 19 22 173
2   South Africa 17 7 17 10 22 5 22 22 10 132
3   Fiji 22 10 12 7 15 22 10 10 13 121
4   Samoa 10 22 7 15 17 13 10 5 5 104
5   Kenya 15 17 5 19 1 15 5 7 15 99
6   England 7 3 5 22 5 8 8 17 17 92
7   Wales 5 13 13 3 10 19 5 15 8 91
8   Australia 10 1 8 13 3 10 17 8 19 89
9   France 12 15 19 5 8 3 15 3 7 87
10   Argentina 13 8 15 10 7 2 7 12 10 84
11   United States 2 5 10 1 10 5 13 13 12 71
12   Canada 5 12 1 8 13 12 3 10 5 69
13   Scotland 3 5 1 12 12 1 12 5 51
14   Portugal 1 10 10 1 1 10 1 1 35
15   Spain 8 2 3 5 5 1 1 1 26
16   Hong Kong 7 7
17   Russia 1 2 3
  Tonga 1 2 3
19   Japan 2 2
  Uruguay 2 2
  Zimbabwe 2 2
22   Georgia 0

Player statisticsEdit

Points scoredEdit

Points scored[7]
Pos. Player Points
1   Dan Norton (ENG) 264
2   Joji Baleviani Raqamate (FIJ) 247
3   Nathan Hirayama (CAN) 241
4   Junior Tomasi Cama (NZL) 237
5   Christian Lewis-Pratt (ENG) 221
6   Cornal Hendricks (RSA) 190
7   Terry Bouhraoua (FRA) 189
8   Lewis Holland (AUS) 187
9   Paul Albaladejo (FRA) 180
10   Sean Duke (CAN) 175

Tries scoredEdit

Tries scored[8]
Pos. Player Tries
1   Dan Norton (ENG) 52
2   Cornal Hendricks (RSA) 38
3   Sean Duke (CAN) 35
4   Lewis Holland (AUS) 29
5   Samisoni Viriviri (FIJ) 29
6   Marcus Watson (ENG) 27
7   Tim Mikkelson (NZL) 26
8   Kurt Baker (NZL) 25
  Julien Candelon (FRA)
  Joji Baleviani Raqamate (FIJ)

TournamentsEdit

Gold CoastEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   Fiji 32–14   New Zealand   Kenya
  South Africa
Plate   Argentina 14–7   France   Australia
  Samoa
Bowl   Spain 19–14   England   Canada
  Wales
Shield   Scotland 40–5   United States   Portugal
  Tonga

DubaiEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   Samoa 26–15   New Zealand   France
  Kenya
Plate   Wales 21–14   Canada   Fiji
  Portugal
Bowl   Argentina 14–10   South Africa   Scotland
  United States
Shield   England 26–5   Spain   Australia
  Russia

South AfricaEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   New Zealand 47–12   France   Argentina
  South Africa
Plate   Wales 26–14   Fiji   Portugal
  United States
Bowl   Australia 26–14   Samoa   England
  Kenya
Shield   Spain 33–0   Zimbabwe   Canada
  Scotland

WellingtonEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   England 24–19   Kenya   New Zealand
  Samoa
Plate   Australia 22–7   Scotland   Argentina
  South Africa
Bowl   Canada 28–19   Fiji   France
  Spain
Shield   Wales 26–21   Tonga   Portugal
  United States

United StatesEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   South Africa 40–21   New Zealand   Fiji
  Samoa
Plate   Canada 22–5   Scotland   United States
  Wales
Bowl   France 17–12   Argentina   England
  Spain
Shield   Australia 41–0   Uruguay   Kenya
  Portugal

Hong KongEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   Fiji 26–19   Wales   New Zealand
  Kenya
Plate   Samoa 12–7   Canada   Australia
  Portugal
Bowl   England 42–7   Hong Kong   United States
  South Africa
Shield   France 19–14   Argentina   Scotland
  Spain
World Series
pre-qualifier
  Zimbabwe 22–19   Tonga   Russia
  Georgia

JapanEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   South Africa 24–19   New Zealand   Australia
  France
Plate   United States 17–0   Scotland   Fiji
  Samoa
Bowl   England 38–0   Argentina   Kenya
  Wales
Shield   Canada 27–14   Japan   Portugal
  Spain

ScotlandEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   South Africa 28–21   New Zealand   England
  Wales
Plate   United States 17–7   Argentina   Canada
  Fiji
Bowl   Australia 12–5   Kenya   Samoa
  Scotland
Shield   France 21–17   Russia   Portugal
  Spain

LondonEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   New Zealand 47–12   Australia   England
  Kenya
Plate   Fiji 14–5   United States   Argentina
  South Africa
Bowl   Wales 19–7   France   Canada
  Samoa

Dream TeamEdit

The 2012–13 HSBC Sevens World Series 'Dream Team' was selected by the series' regular television broadcast commentators.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "HSBC Sevens World Series expands to 10 rounds". irbsevens.com. 2012-06-26.
  2. ^ "Who will join the Sevens elite?" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 22 March 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Tears of joy for World Series qualifiers" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012.
  4. ^ "HSBC World Sevens Series: Series Qualifying". International Rugby Board. Archived from the original on 2 October 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
  5. ^ "HK win Mumbai Sevens to claim Asia Series" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 15 October 2012. Archived from the original on 18 October 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  6. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series Standings". International Rugby Board. Archived from the original on 2 September 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  7. ^ "IRB Sevens World Series 2012/13 Statistics: Season Player Points". International Rugby Board. Archived from the original on 2010-11-23. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  8. ^ "IRB Sevens World Series 2012/13 Statistics: Season Player Tries". International Rugby Board. Archived from the original on 2010-11-21. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  9. ^ "Seven make new World Series Dream Team". International Rugby Board. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2014.

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