2013–14 IRB Sevens World Series
The 2013–14 IRB Sevens World Series, known for sponsorship reasons as the HSBC Sevens World Series, was the 15th annual series of rugby union sevens tournaments for full national sides. The IRB Sevens World Series has been run by the International Rugby Board since 1999–2000.
|2013–14 World Rugby Sevens|
|Date||12 October 2013 – 11 May 2014|
|Australia||Skilled Park, Gold Coast||12–13 October 2013||New Zealand|
|Dubai||The Sevens, Dubai||29–30 November 2013||Fiji|
|South Africa||Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth||7–8 December 2013||South Africa|
|United States||Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas||24–26 January 2014||South Africa|
|New Zealand||Westpac Stadium, Wellington||7–8 February 2014||New Zealand|
|Japan||Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo||22–23 March 2014||Fiji|
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong||28–30 March 2014||New Zealand|
|Scotland||Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow||3–4 May 2014||New Zealand|
|England||Twickenham Stadium, London||10–11 May 2014||New Zealand|
For each season, there are 15 "core teams" that receive guaranteed berths in all events for that season's series. These teams were either placed in the top 12 of the standings before the 2013 London Sevens, or qualified during the World Series Core Team Qualifier held as part of the London Sevens. All 15 core teams from the 2012–13 season retained their core team status. The 2013–14 core teams were:
Changes to core team qualifyingEdit
On 9 October 2013, the IRB announced significant changes to the promotion/relegation process.
First, only one promotion place was available for the 2014–15 series. Also, the World Series Pre-Qualifier, which was a 12-team tournament contested as part of the 2013 Hong Kong Sevens, was folded into the Core Team Qualifier, which involved 12 teams and was entirely contested at the Hong Kong Sevens. The bottom-placed core team at the end of the season will now be automatically relegated, with no opportunity to retain core status.
The remaining three core teams for 2013–14 were determined in a two-stage qualifying process:
- The first stage was a World Series Qualifier held as part of the Hong Kong Sevens. Two qualifiers from each of the IRB's six regions competed. The 12 teams were drawn into pools, with the top eight teams advancing to a quarterfinal round. The winners of the four quarterfinal matches advanced to the final qualifying stage.
- The final qualifying stage, the World Series Core Team Qualifier, was held as part of the London Sevens. The qualifying teams were joined by the winner of the HSBC Asian Sevens Series, plus the bottom three core teams following the Scotland Sevens. The qualifying tournament was conducted with a pool stage followed by knockout play, with the two finalists and the winner of the third-place match becoming core teams for the following season.
Final standings after completion of the nine tournaments of the series:
|2013–14 World Rugby Sevens|
|Sri Lanka||-||-||-||-||-||-||1||-||-||1|Legend Qualification for the 2014–15 World Sevens Series No colour Core team in 2013–14 and re-qualified as a core team for the 2014–15 World Rugby Sevens Series Pink Relegated as the lowest placed core team at the end of the 2013–14 Series Yellow Not a core team
|1||Tom Mitchell (ENG)||358|
|2||Samisoni Viriviri (FIJ)||260|
|3||Gillies Kaka (NZL)||258|
|4||Emosi Mulevoro (FIJ)||246|
|5||Cameron Clark (AUS)||229|
|6||Colin Gregor (SCO)||204|
|7||Phil Mack (CAN)||202|
|8||Branco du Preez (RSA)||200|
|9||Justin Geduld (RSA)||190|
|10||Tim Mikkelson (NZL)||169|
|1||Samisoni Viriviri (FIJ)||52|
|2||Tim Mikkelson (NZL)||33|
|3||Tom Mitchell (ENG)||32|
|4||Collins Injera (KEN)||30|
|4||Diego Palma (ARG)||30|
|6||Julien Candelon (FRA)||29|
|6||Seabelo Senatla (RSA)||29|
|8||Scott Curry (NZL)||28|
|8||Justin Geduld (RSA)||28|
|10||Benito Masilevu (FIJ)||27|
|10||Dan Norton (ENG)||27|
|Cup||New Zealand||40–19||Australia|| England (Third)|
|Shield||United States||22–0||Portugal|| Spain|
|Cup||Fiji||29–17||South Africa|| New Zealand (Third)|
|Cup||South Africa||17–14||New Zealand|| Samoa (Third)|
|Cup||South Africa||14–7||New Zealand|| Samoa|
|Shield||United States||31–0||Spain|| Portugal|
|Cup||New Zealand||21–0||South Africa|| England|
|Shield||United States||28–12||Spain|| Tonga|
|Cup||Fiji||33–26||South Africa|| England (Third)|
|Plate||Australia||17–12||United States|| Kenya|
|Cup||New Zealand||26–7||England|| Fiji (Third)|
|Plate||South Africa||19–14||Wales|| United States|
|Cup||New Zealand||54–7||Canada|| Fiji (Third)|
|Shield||Wales||29–12||Japan|| United States|
|Cup||New Zealand||52–33||Australia|| England (Third)|
|Plate||South Africa||38–14||Kenya|| France|
|Shield||United States||36–12||Japan|| Portugal|
- "HSBC Sevens World Series 2013/14 dates set". irbsevens.com. 2012-05-17.
- "One up one down for HSBC World Sevens Series" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 9 October 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
- "Pools confirmed for Hong Kong Sevens" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 21 February 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
- "HSBC Sevens World Series Standings". International Rugby Board. Archived from the original on 2 September 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
- "IRB Sevens World Series 2013/14 Statistics: Season Player Points". International Rugby Board. Archived from the original on 2010-11-23. Retrieved 2014-05-20.
- "IRB Sevens World Series 2013/14 Statistics: Season Player Tries". International Rugby Board. Archived from the original on 2010-11-21. Retrieved 2014-05-05.