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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   Fiji
Australia Spotless Stadium Sydney 2–3 February 2019   New Zealand
United States Sam Boyd Stadium Las Vegas 1–3 March 2019   United States
Canada BC Place Vancouver 9–10 March 2019   South Africa
Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium Hong Kong 5–7 April 2019   Fiji
Singapore National Stadium Singapore 13–14 April 2019   South Africa
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 19 19 22 15 17 15 145
2   Fiji 13 22 22 15 12 17 22 19 142
3   New Zealand 22 15 17 22 17 13 12 12 130
4   South Africa 12 17 15 13 10 22 10 22 121
5   England[GB 1] 17 13 8 17 13 12 10 17 107
6   Samoa 8 7 12 3 19 10 15 13 87
7   Australia 15 10 10 12 10 8 5 10 80
8   Argentina 10 8 5 8 15 10 13 10 79
9   France 7 5 2 10 1 19 19 8 71
10   Scotland 10 10 13 1 8 5 8 7 62
11   Spain 5 12 5 10 7 3 3 2 47
12   Canada 5 5 10 5 3 7 1 5 41
13   Kenya 1 3 7 1 5 1 5 3 26
14   Wales 3 2 1 5 2 5 2 5 25
15   Japan 2 1 1 7 1 2 7 1 22
16   Chile - - - - 5 1 - - - - 6
17   Tonga - - 3 2 - - - - - - 5
18   Zimbabwe 1 1 - - - - - - - - 2
19   Portugal - - - - - - 1 - - - 1
20   Hong Kong - - - - - - - 1 - - 1
21   Ireland - - - - - - - - 0

Source: World Rugby

Legend
No colour Core team in 2018–19
Pink Relegation position for the lowest placed core team at the end of the 2018–19 series
Yellow Not a core team
Qualified to the 2020 Olympic Sevens as one of the four highest placed eligible teams from the 2018–19 series.[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
  Fiji 3 1 1 1 6
  New Zealand 2 2 1 5
  South Africa 2 1 1 4
  United States 1 4 1 2 8
  France 2 2
  Samoa 1 1 2
  England 3 3
  Argentina 1 1
  Australia 1 1
Totals 8 8 8 8 32

PlayersEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

Tries scored
Rank Player Tries
1   Carlin Isles 44
2   Dan Norton 33
3   Aminiasi Tuimaba 32
4   Alasio Naduva 30
5   Max McFarland 29
Points scored
Rank Player Points
1   Madison Hughes 243
2   Andrew Knewstubb 222
3   Carlin Isles 220
4   Nathan Hirayama 193
4   Gavin Lowe 191

Updated: 14 April 2019

AwardsEdit

Updated: 14 April 2019

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   Fiji 38–0   United States   New Zealand (Bronze)
  South Africa
5th Place   Scotland 24–19   Samoa   Australia
  Canada
Challenge Trophy   England 36–7   Kenya   Argentina
  Spain
13th Place   Tonga 33–10   France   Japan
  Wales

SydneyEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   New Zealand 21–5   United States   England (Bronze)
  Fiji
5th Place   South Africa 12–10   Australia   France
  Spain
Challenge Trophy   Argentina 10–7   Japan   Wales
  Canada
13th Place   Samoa 25–5   Tonga   Kenya
  Scotland

Las VegasEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   United States 27–0   Samoa   New Zealand (Bronze)
  Argentina
5th Place   England 19–14   Fiji   South Africa
  Australia
Challenge Trophy   Scotland 15–14   Spain   Kenya
  Chile
13th Place   Canada 21–12   Wales   Japan
  France

VancouverEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   South Africa 21–12   France   Fiji (Bronze)
  United States
5th Place   New Zealand 26–19   England   Argentina
  Samoa
Challenge Trophy   Australia 35–21   Canada   Wales
  Scotland
13th Place   Spain 15–10   Japan   Kenya
  Chile

Hong KongEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   Fiji 21–7   France   United States (Bronze)
  Samoa
5th Place   Argentina 21–14   New Zealand   South Africa
  England
Challenge Trophy   Scotland 26–24   Japan   Australia
  Kenya
13th Place   Spain 19–14 (a.e.t)   Wales   Canada
  Portugal
World Series Qualifier   Ireland 28–7   Hong Kong   Germany
  Chile

SingaporeEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   South Africa 20–19   Fiji   England (Bronze)
  United States
5th Place   Samoa 19–17   New Zealand   Australia
  Argentina
Challenge Trophy   France 22-19   Scotland   Canada
  Wales
13th Place   Kenya 21-5   Spain   Japan
  Hong Kong

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

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