2017–18 World Rugby Women's Sevens Series

The 2017–18 World Rugby Women's Sevens Series was the sixth edition of the global circuit for women's national rugby sevens teams, organised by World Rugby. There were five tournament events scheduled on the 2017–18 circuit and twelve teams competed in each tournament.

World Rugby
Women's Sevens Series VI
Hosts United Arab Emirates
 Australia
 Japan
 Canada
 France
Date30 November 2017 – 10 June 2018
Nations16 teams
Final positions
Champions Australia
Runners-up New Zealand
Third France
Series details
Top try scorer Portia Woodman (215)
Top point scorer Portia Woodman (43)

FormatEdit

Twelve teams compete at each event. The top-ranked teams at each tournament play off for a Cup, with gold, silver and bronze medals also awarded to the first three teams. Lower-ranked teams at each tournament play off for a Challenge Trophy.[1] The overall winner of the series was determined by points gained from the standings across all events in the season.[2]

TeamsEdit

The "core teams" qualified to participate in all series events for the 2017–18 series were:[3]

One additional core team qualified through winning the 2017 Hong Kong Women's Sevens:[4]

EventsEdit

There were five tournaments in 2017–18:[5]

2017–18 Itinerary
Leg Stadium City Dates Winner
Dubai The Sevens Dubai 30 November – 1 December 2017   Australia
Australia Sydney Football Stadium Sydney   26–28 January 2018 [6]   Australia
Japan Mikuni World Stadium Kitakyushu 21–22 April 2018   New Zealand
Canada Westhills Stadium Langford 12–13 May 2018   New Zealand
France Stade Jean-Bouin Paris 8–10 June 2018   New Zealand

StandingsEdit

Official standings for the 2017–18 series:

2017–18 World Rugby Women's Sevens
Series VI
Pos
Event 
Team
 
Dubai
 
Sydney
 
Kitakyushu
 
Langford
 
Paris
Points
total
1   Australia 20 20 16 18 18 92
2   New Zealand 12 18 20 20 20 90
3   France 10 12 18 14 14 68
4   Canada 14 16 2 12 16 60
5   United States 18 6 4 16 12 56
6   Russia 16 14 12 1 3 46
7   Spain 8 10 14 3 8 43
8   England 6 4 8 8 6 32
9   Fiji 2 3 10 6 10 31
10   Ireland 4 8 3 10 4 29
11   Japan 1 2 1 4 2 10
12   China 6 6
13   South Africa 3 3
14   Brazil 2 2
15   Wales 1 1
16   Papua New Guinea 1 1

Source: World Rugby

Legend
No colour Core team in 2017–18 and re-qualified as a core team for the 2018–19 World Rugby Women's Sevens Series
Pink Relegated as the lowest placed core team at the end of the 2017–18 World Rugby Sevens Series
Yellow Not a core team

Placings summaryEdit

Tallies of top four tournament placings during the 2017–18 series, by team:

Team   Gold   Silver   Bronze Fourth Total
  Australia 2 2 1 5
  New Zealand 3 1 4
  United States 1 1 2
  France 1 2 3
  Canada 2 1 3
  Russia 1 1 2
  Spain 1 1
Totals 5 5 5 5 20

TournamentsEdit

DubaiEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   Australia 34–0   United States   Russia (Bronze)
  Canada
5th Place   New Zealand 24–0   France   Spain (7th)
  England
Challenge Trophy   Ireland 24–7   South Africa   Fiji (11th)
  Japan

SydneyEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   Australia 31–0   New Zealand   Canada (Bronze)
  Russia
5th Place   France 19–5   Spain   Ireland (7th)
  United States
Challenge Trophy   England 29–10   Fiji   Japan (11th)
  Papua New Guinea

KitakyushuEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   New Zealand 24–12   France   Australia (Bronze)
  Spain
5th Place   Russia 30–7   Fiji   England (7th)
  China
Challenge Trophy   United States 24–19
(a.e.t.)
  Ireland   Canada (11th)
  Japan

LangfordEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   New Zealand 46–0   Australia   United States (Bronze)
  France
5th Place   Canada 29–12   Ireland   England (7th)
  Fiji
Challenge Trophy   Japan 26–21   Spain   Brazil (11th)
  Russia

ParisEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   New Zealand 33-7   Australia   Canada (Bronze)
  France
5th Place   United States 28-7   Fiji   Spain (7th)
  England
Challenge Trophy   Ireland 10-5   Russia   Japan (11th)
  Wales

PlayersEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

Tries scored
Rank Player Tries
1   Portia Woodman 43
2   Michaela Blyde 37
3   Emma Tonegato 26
  Naya Tapper
5   Alena Mikhaltsova 24
Points scored
Rank Player Points
1   Portia Woodman 215
2   Michaela Blyde 185
3   Emma Sykes (rugby union) 172
4   Alev Kelter 168
5   Tyla Nathan-Wong 159

Updated: 10 June 2018

AwardsEdit

Updated: 10 June 2018

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Men's and women's sevens winners to strike gold". World Rugby.org. 3 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Women's Sevens Series tournament rules". World Rugby. 2016. Archived from the original on 26 April 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Series Qualifying". World Rugby. 2016. Archived from the original on 24 October 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Japan secure core place on women's series". World Rugby. 7 April 2017. Archived from the original on 18 September 2017. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Sevens Series 2018 to finish in Paris as women's dates confirmed". World Rugby. 29 September 2017. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Sydney 7s 2018: Men's and women's tournaments set to come together on Australia Day". The Sydney Morning Herald. 23 May 2017. Archived from the original on 23 May 2017. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Mikhaltsova wins DHL Impact Player in Dubai". World Rugby. 4 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Khamidova named DHL Impact Player in Sydney". World Rugby. 31 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Mikhaltsova named DHL Impact Player in Kitakyushu". World Rugby. 23 April 2018. Retrieved 24 April 2018.