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2018–19 World Rugby Sevens Series

The 2018–19 World Rugby Sevens Series, known for sponsorship reasons as the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, is the 20th annual series of rugby sevens tournaments for national men's rugby sevens teams. The Sevens Series has been run by World Rugby since 1999–2000. This series also, for the second time, doubles as a qualifier for the 2020 Summer Olympics, with the top four countries qualifying automatically.

2018–19 World Rugby Sevens
Series XX
Host nations
Date30 Nov 2018 – 9 Jun 2019
Nations21

Contents

Core teamsEdit

Japan was promoted to core team status for the season after winning the 2018 Hong Kong Sevens qualifier. They replaced Russia, which was relegated after finishing as the last place core team on the 2017–18 World Rugby Sevens Series.

Tour venuesEdit

The official schedule for the 2018–19 World Rugby Sevens Series is:[1]

2018–19 Venues
Leg Stadium City Dates Winner
United Arab Emirates The Sevens Stadium Dubai 30 November – 1 December 2018   New Zealand
South Africa Cape Town Stadium Cape Town 8–9 December 2018   Fiji
New Zealand FMG Stadium Waikato Hamilton 26–27 January 2019
Australia Spotless Stadium Sydney 2–3 February 2019
United States Sam Boyd Stadium Las Vegas 1–3 March 2019
Canada BC Place Vancouver 9–10 March 2019
Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium Hong Kong 5–7 April 2019
Singapore National Stadium Singapore 13–14 April 2019
England Twickenham Stadium London 25–26 May 2019
France Stade Jean-Bouin Paris 1–2 June 2019

StandingsEdit

Official standings for the 2018–19 series:

2018–19 World Rugby Sevens
Series XX
 
Pos
Event 
Team
 
Dubai
 
Cape Town
 
Hamil­ton
 
Sydney
 
Las Vegas
 
Van­couver
 
Hong Kong
 
Singa­pore
 
London
 
Paris
Points
total
1   United States 19 19 38
2   New Zealand 22 15 37
3   Fiji 13 22 35
4   England[GB 1] 17 13 30
5   South Africa 12 17 29
6   Australia 15 10 25
7   Scotland 10 10 20
8   Argentina 10 8 18
9   Spain 5 12 17
10   Samoa 8 7 15
11   France 7 5 12
12   Canada 5 5 10
13   Wales 3 2 5
14   Kenya 1 3 4
15   Japan 2 1 3
16   Zimbabwe 1 1 - - - - - - - - 2
17   Tonga - - - - - - - - 0
18   Chile - - - - - - - - 0
19   Sri Lanka - - - - - - - - - 0
20   Hong Kong - - - - - - - - - 0
21   Ireland - - - - - - - - 0

Source: World Rugby

Legend
Qualification for the 2019–20 World Sevens Series
No colour Core team in 2018–19
Pink Relegation position for the lowest placed core team at the end of the 2018–19 season
Yellow Not a core team
Qualification for the 2020 Olympic Sevens
Qualifying as one of the four highest placed eligible teams from the 2018–19 World Rugby Sevens Series not already qualified.[2]
  1. ^ By agreement between the three unions on the island of Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales), England, as highest finisher among those nations in the 2017–18 series, represents Great Britain in qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Sevens.[3] The final make-up of the Great Britain men's team will be determined by the British Olympic Association.

Placings summaryEdit

Tallies of top four tournament placings during the 2018–19 series, by team:

Team   Gold   Silver   Bronze Fourth Total
  New Zealand 1 1 2
  Fiji 1 1
  United States 2 2
  England 1 1
  South Africa 1 1
  Australia 1 1
Totals 2 2 2 2 8

TournamentsEdit

DubaiEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   New Zealand 21–5   United States   England (Bronze)
  Australia
5th Place   Fiji 24–19   South Africa   Argentina
  Scotland
Challenge Trophy   Samoa 33–24   France   Canada
  Spain
13th Place   Wales 31–7   Japan   Kenya
  Zimbabwe

Cape TownEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   Fiji 29–15   United States   South Africa (Bronze)
  New Zealand
5th Place   England 14–7   Spain   Australia
  Scotland
Challenge Trophy   Argentina 38–14   Samoa   Canada
  France
13th Place   Kenya 33–26   Wales   Japan
  Zimbabwe

HamiltonEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup
5th Place
Challenge Trophy
13th Place

SydneyEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup
5th Place
Challenge Trophy
13th Place

Las VegasEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup
5th Place
Challenge Trophy
13th Place

VancouverEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup
5th Place
Challenge Trophy
13th Place

Hong KongEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup
5th Place
Challenge Trophy
13th Place

SingaporeEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup
5th Place
Challenge Trophy
13th Place

LondonEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup
5th Place
Challenge Trophy
13th Place

ParisEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup
5th Place
Challenge Trophy
13th Place

PlayersEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

Tries scored
Rank Player Tries
1   Alamanda Motuga 12
2   Alasio Naduva 11
  Maurice Longbottom
4   Franco Sábato 10
  John Porch
Points scored
Rank Player Points
1   John Porch 98
2   Andrew Knewstubb 85
3   Tom Mitchell 73
4   Luke Treharne 65
5   Francisco Hernández 63

Updated: 9 December 2018

AwardsEdit

Updated: 9 December 2018

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Dates confirmed for 2018/19 Sevens Series". Planet Rugby. 6 July 2018. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Olympic qualification pathway for rugby sevens confirmed for Tokyo 2020". World Rugby. 17 September 2018. Archived from the original on 20 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Sevens Olympic pathway confirmed for 2020". England Rugby. 17 September 2018. Archived from the original on 12 October 2018.

External linksEdit