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2018–19 World Rugby Women's Sevens Series

The 2018–19 World Rugby Women's Sevens Series was the seventh edition of the global circuit for women's national rugby sevens teams, organised by World Rugby. There were six tournament events scheduled on the 2018–19 circuit with twelve teams competing in each tournament. The series also, for the second time, doubled as an Olympic qualifier.

World Rugby
Women's Sevens Series VII
Host nations United States
 United Arab Emirates
 Australia
 Japan
 Canada
 France
Date20 October 2018 – 16 June 2019
Nations16
Final positions
Champions New Zealand
Runners-up United States
Third Canada

The series was won by New Zealand who won four tour events on their way to claiming their fifth World Series title.

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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. The overall winner of the series was determined by points gained from the standings across all events in the season.

TeamsEdit

The "core teams" qualified to participate in all series events for the 2018–19 series were:

One additional core team qualified through winning the 2018 Hong Kong Women's Sevens:

The twelfth team in each tournament is allocated based on performance in the respective continental competitions within Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, and the Americas.

Tour venuesEdit

There were six tournaments in 2018–19:

2018–19 Itinerary
Leg Stadium City Dates Winner
United States Infinity Park Glendale (Denver) 20–21 October 2018   New Zealand
Dubai The Sevens Dubai 29–30 November 2018   New Zealand
Australia Spotless Stadium Sydney 1–3 February 2019   New Zealand
Japan Mikuni World Stadium Kitakyushu 20–21 April 2019   Canada
Canada Westhills Stadium Langford (Victoria) 11–12 May 2019   New Zealand
France Parc des Sports Aguiléra Biarritz 15–16 June 2019   United States

StandingsEdit

Official standings for the 2018–19 series:

2018–19 World Rugby Women's Sevens
Series VII
Pos
Event 
Team
 
Glendale
 
Dubai
 
Sydney
 
Kitakyushu
 
Langford
 
Biarritz
Points
total
1   New Zealand 20 20 20 12 20 18 110
2   United States 18 14 16 16 16 20 100
3   Canada 16 18 12 20 12 16 94
4   Australia 12 16 18 10 18 12 86
5   France 14 8 10 14 14 10 70
6   England[GB 1] 6 10 3 18 10 3 50
7   Russia 8 12 8 6 8 6 48
8   Ireland 10 6 14 8 2 1 41
9   Spain 4 3 6 3 6 14 36
10   Fiji 3 2 4 4 4 4 21
11   China 2 4 2 2 3 8 21
12   Scotland 2 2
13   Japan 1 1
14   Kenya 1 1
15   Brazil 1 1
16   Papua New Guinea 1 1
17   Mexico 1 1

Source: World Rugby

Legend
No colour Core team in 2018–19 and re-qualified as a core team for the 2019–20 World Rugby Women's Sevens Series
Pink Relegated as the lowest placed core team at the end of the 2018–19 series
Yellow Invitational team
Qualified to the 2020 Olympic Sevens as one of the four highest placed eligible teams from the 2018–19 series.[1]
  1. ^ By agreement between the three unions on the island of Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales), England represents Great Britain in qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Sevens.[2] The final make-up of the Great Britain women'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
  United States 1 1 3 1 6
  New Zealand 4 1 5
  Canada 1 1 2 4
  Australia 2 1 3
  France 3 3
  England 1 1
  Ireland 1 1
  Spain 1 1
Totals 6 6 6 6 24

TournamentsEdit

GlendaleEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   New Zealand 33–7   United States   Canada (Bronze)
  France
5th Place   Australia 21–19   Ireland   Russia (7th)
  England
Challenge Trophy   Spain 20–14   Fiji   China (11th)
  Mexico

DubaiEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   New Zealand 26–14   Canada   Australia (Bronze)
  United States
5th Place   Russia 12–7   England   France (7th)
  Ireland
Challenge Trophy   China 12–7   Spain   Fiji (11th)
  Kenya

SydneyEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   New Zealand 34–10   Australia   United States (Bronze)
  Ireland
5th Place   Canada 19–17   France   Russia (7th)
  Spain
Challenge Trophy   Fiji 15–12   England   China (11th)
  Papua New Guinea

KitakyushuEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   Canada 7–5   England   United States (Bronze)
  France
5th Place   New Zealand 34–26   Australia   Ireland (7th)
  Russia
Challenge Trophy   Fiji 41–12   Spain   China (11th)
  Japan

LangfordEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   New Zealand 21-17   Australia   United States (bronze)
  France
5th Place   Canada 31-7   England   Russia (7th)
  Spain
Challenge Trophy   Fiji 26-19   China   Ireland (11th)
  Brazil

ParisEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   United States 26-10   New Zealand   Canada (bronze)
  Spain
5th Place   Australia 24-10   France   China (7th)
  Russia
Challenge Trophy   Fiji 27-10   England   Scotland (11th)
  Ireland

PlayersEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

Tries scored
Rank Player Tries
1   Amee-Leigh Murphy-Crowe 31
2   Bianca Farella 28
3   Michaela Blyde 24
4   Ellia Green 23
5   Anne-Cécile Ciofani 20
Points scored
Rank Player Points
1   Ghislaine Landry 185
2   Tyla Nathan-Wong 173
3   Amee-Leigh Murphy-Crowe 155
4   Holly Aitchison 147
5   Emma Sykes 143

Updated: 12 May 2019

AwardsEdit

Updated: 12 May 2019

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Olympic qualification pathway for rugby sevens confirmed for Tokyo 2020". World Rugby. 17 September 2018. Archived from the original on 20 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Sevens Olympic pathway confirmed for 2020". England Rugby. 17 September 2018. Archived from the original on 12 October 2018.