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The 2014–15 Sevens World Series, known for sponsorship reasons as the HSBC Sevens World Series, was the 16th annual series of rugby sevens tournaments for national rugby sevens teams. The Sevens World Series has been run by World Rugby since 1999–2000. This series also, for the first time, doubled as a qualifier for the 2016 Summer Olympics, with the top four countries qualifying automatically.[1]

2014–15 World Rugby Sevens
Series XVI
Hosts
  • Australia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • South Africa
  • United States
  • New Zealand
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Scotland
  • England
Date11 Oct 2014 – 17 May 2015
Final positions
Champions Fiji
Runners-up South Africa
Third New Zealand

ItineraryEdit

The schedule for the 2014–15 Series was released to the public in early March 2014.

2014–15 Itinerary[2]
Leg Stadium City Date Winner
Australia Cbus Super Stadium Gold Coast 11–12 October 2014   Fiji
Dubai The Sevens Dubai 5–6 December 2014   South Africa
South Africa Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Port Elizabeth 13–14 December 2014   South Africa
New Zealand Westpac Stadium Wellington 6–7 February 2015   New Zealand
United States Sam Boyd Stadium Las Vegas 13–15 February 2015   Fiji
Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium Hong Kong 27–29 March 2015   Fiji
Japan Chichibunomiya Stadium Tokyo 4–5 April 2015   England
Scotland Scotstoun Stadium Glasgow 9–10 May 2015   Fiji
England Twickenham Stadium London 16–17 May 2015   United States

Core teamsEdit

For each season, 15 core teams receive guaranteed berths in all events for that season's series. Fourteen of these teams qualified via their placement in the 2013–14 series. In addition to the previous season's top 14, Japan joined the core teams as they were the winners of the qualifying tournament during the 2014 Hong Kong Sevens. Spain, being the last placed core team for 2013–14, were relegated and lost their status as a core team for the 2014–15 season.

StandingsEdit

Final table:

2014–15 World Rugby Sevens
Series XVI
 
Pos
Event 
Team
 
Gold Coast
 
Dubai
 
Port
Eliza­beth
 
Well­ington
 
Las Vegas
 
Hong Kong
 
Tokyo
 
Glas­gow
 
London
Points
total
1   Fiji 22 17 12 13 22 22 17 22 17 164
2   South Africa 15 22 22 17 17 17 19 13 12 154
3   New Zealand 13 15 19 22 19 19 13 19 13 152
4   England[a 1] 17 10 10 19 12 10 22 17 15 132
5   Australia 10 19 17 12 13 13 7 10 19 120
6   United States 8 5 13 10 15 12 8 15 22 108
7   Scotland[a 1] 5 12 10 15 5 8 12 12 10 89
8   Argentina 12 13 15 7 7 10 2 7 7 80
9   Canada 3 3 8 3 10 5 15 10 10 67
10   Samoa 19 8 2 2 5 15 5 3 5 64
11   France 7 7 5 8 10 7 10 5 2 61
12   Wales[a 1] 10 10 5 5 2 5 5 8 5 55
13   Kenya 2 2 7 10 8 3 1 5 8 46
14   Portugal 5 5 3 5 3 1 3 2 1 28
15   Japan 1 1 1 1 1 2 10 1 3 21
16   Brazil 1 1 1 3
17   Russia 1 1
18   Hong Kong 1 1
19   Zimbabwe 1 1
20   Belgium 1 1
21   Papua New Guinea 1 1
22   American Samoa 1 1

Source: World Rugby [4]

Legend
Qualification for the 2015–16 World Sevens Series
No colour Core team in 2014–15 and re-qualified as a core team for the 2015–16 World Rugby Sevens Series
Pink Relegated as the lowest placed core team at the end of the 2014–15 season
Yellow Not a core team
Qualification for the 2016 Olympic Sevens
Qualified as one of the four highest placed eligible teams from the 2014–15 World Rugby Sevens Series not already qualified.[5]
Already confirmed for 2016 (host country Brazil)
  1. ^ a b c By agreement between the three unions on the island of Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales), England, as highest finisher among those nations in the 2013–14 series, represented Great Britain in Olympic qualifying.[3] Following England's top-four finish, the final make-up of the Great Britain team was determined by the British Olympic Association.

TournamentsEdit

Gold CoastEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   Fiji 31–24   Samoa   England (Third)
  South Africa
Plate   New Zealand 36–21   Argentina   Australia
  Wales
Bowl   United States 31–15   France   Portugal
  Scotland
Shield   Canada 40–7   Kenya   American Samoa
  Japan

DubaiEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   South Africa 33–7   Australia   Fiji (Third)
  New Zealand
Plate   Argentina 26–12   Scotland   England
  Wales
Bowl   Samoa 31–21   France   Portugal
  United States
Shield   Canada 19–12   Kenya   Brazil
  Japan

Port ElizabethEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   South Africa 26–17   New Zealand   Australia (Third)
  Argentina
Plate   United States 21–14   Fiji   England
  Scotland
Bowl   Canada 24–5   Kenya   France
  Wales
Shield   Portugal 19–14   Samoa   Japan
  Zimbabwe

WellingtonEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   New Zealand 27–21   England   South Africa (Third)
  Scotland
Plate   Fiji 24–0   Australia   Kenya
  United States
Bowl   France 29–5   Argentina   Portugal
  Wales
Shield   Canada 26–10   Samoa   Japan
  Papua New Guinea

Las VegasEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   Fiji 35–19   New Zealand   South Africa (Third)
  United States
Plate   Australia 21–14   England   Canada
  France
Bowl   Kenya 24–21   Argentina   Samoa
  Scotland
Shield   Portugal 19–12   Wales   Brazil
  Japan

Hong KongEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   Fiji 33–19   New Zealand   South Africa (Third)
  Samoa
Plate   Australia 21–17   United States   Argentina
  England
Bowl   Scotland 26–5   France   Wales
  Canada
Shield   Kenya 26–7   Japan   Belgium
  Portugal

TokyoEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   England 21–14   South Africa   Fiji (Third)
  Canada
Plate   New Zealand 21–14   Scotland   France
  Japan
Bowl   United States 17–12   Australia   Samoa
  Wales
Shield   Portugal 12–7   Argentina   Hong Kong
  Kenya

GlasgowEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   Fiji 24–17   New Zealand   England (Third)
  United States
Plate   South Africa 12–10   Scotland   Australia
  Canada
Bowl   Wales 12–7   Argentina   France
  Kenya
Shield   Samoa 22–12   Portugal   Japan
  Russia

LondonEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   United States 45–22   Australia   Fiji (Third)
  England
Plate   New Zealand 26–14   South Africa   Canada
  Scotland
Bowl   Kenya 26–12   Argentina   Samoa
  Wales
Shield   Japan 21–19   France   Brazil
  Portugal

Player scoringEdit

Leading Try Scorers (2014–15)
Rank Player Tries
1   Seabelo Senatla 47
2   Savenaca Rawaca 42
3   Semi Kunatani 40
4   Carlin Isles 32
4   Cameron Clark 32
6   Pama Fou 31
7   Joe Webber 30
7   Samoa Toloa 30
9   Sherwin Stowers 29
10   Perry Baker 28

Updated: 5 June 2015[permanent dead link]

Leading Point Scorers (2014–15)
Rank Player Points
1   Osea Kolinisau 312
2   Madison Hughes 296
3   Seabelo Senatla 235
4   Terry Bouhraoua 229
5   Cameron Clark 218
6   Tom Mitchell 216
7   Savenaca Rawaca 210
8   Colin Gregor 207
9   Branco du Preez 201
10   Semi Kunatani 200

Updated: 5 June 2015[permanent dead link]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rio 2016: Fiji beat Samoa in sevens to lead race for Olympics". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  2. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series 2013/14 dates set". irbsevens.com. 2012-05-17.
  3. ^ "England nominated to qualify GB for Olympics" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 11 July 2014. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  4. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series Standings". World Rugby.
  5. ^ Mackay, Duncan (23 March 2013). "Rio 2016 qualifying system for rugby sevens revealed". Inside the Games. Retrieved 20 April 2016.

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