2019–20 World Rugby Women's Sevens Series

The 2019–20 World Rugby Women's Sevens Series is the eighth edition of the global circuit for women's national rugby sevens teams, organised by World Rugby.

World Rugby
Women's Sevens Series VIII
Hosts
Date5 October 2019 – 2 February 2020
Final positions
Champions New Zealand
Runners-up Australia
Third Canada
Series details
Top point scorerAlev Kelter (171)
Top try scorerStacey Fluhler (31)

In March 2020, World Rugby postponed all remaining tournaments in the series due to the coronavirus pandemic.[1] The events in Langford and Paris were postponed provisionally until September,[2] preceding the Hong Kong event previously postponed until October.[3]

On 30 June, the remaining rounds of the series was cancelled which meant that New Zealand was awarded the title by 16 points over second place Australia.[4]


FormatEdit

Twelve nations competed at each event,[5] drawn into three pools of four teams.[6] The top-placed teams after the pool matches at each tournament played off for a Cup, with gold, silver and bronze medals also awarded to the first three teams.[7] The winner of the series was determined by the overall points standings gained across all events in the season.[8]

TeamsEdit

The eleven "core teams" qualified to participate in all series events for 2019–20 are:

Brazil was promoted to core team status after winning the 2019–20 World Series qualifier held in Hong Kong,[9] replacing China who were relegated after finishing as the lowest-placed core team in 2018–19.

Tour venuesEdit

Three new legs in South Africa, New Zealand, and Hong Kong were added to the women's circuit for 2019–20.[10][11] The Japan Women's Sevens was not part of the series as the Olympic Sevens was hosted in Tokyo in 2020, so there were to be eight women's events in the 2019–20 series.[12] All but two of these (the tournaments in Canada and the United States) were hosted as combined sevens events with their corresponding tournaments from the men's World Series.[13][14]

2019–20 Itinerary
Leg Stadium City Dates Winner
United States Infinity Park Glendale (Denver) 5–6 October 2019   United States
Dubai The Sevens Dubai 5–7 December 2019   New Zealand
South Africa Cape Town Stadium Cape Town 13–15 December 2019   New Zealand
New Zealand Waikato Stadium Hamilton 25–26 January 2020   New Zealand
Australia Bankwest Stadium[15] Sydney 1–2 February 2020   New Zealand

The Hong Kong event was originally scheduled to be played in April 2020 but was postponed due to health concerns relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and rescheduled to October 2020.[3] In June 2020, the remaining three rounds of the tournament (Canada, France and Hong Kong) were cancelled due to the pandemic.[4]

StandingsEdit

Official standings for the 2019–20 series:

2019–20 World Rugby Women's Sevens
Series VIII
 
Pos
Event 
Team
 
Glen­dale
 
Dubai
 
Cape Town
 
Hamil­ton
 
Sydney
Points
total
1   New Zealand 16 20 20 20 20 96
2   Australia 18 14 18 14 16 80
3   Canada 10 18 16 18 18 80
4   France 14 12 14 16 14 70
5   United States 20 16 12 12 6 66
6   Russia 8 10 6 8 8 40
7   Fiji 2 8 10 6 12 38
8   England 4 4 8 10 10 36
9   Spain 12 6 4 3 3 28
10   Ireland 6 3 2 2 2 15
11   Japan 3 1 4 8
12   Brazil 1 2 1 1 1 6
13   China 4 4
14   South Africa 3 3

Source: World Rugby

Legend
No colour Core team in 2019–20 and re-qualified as a core team for the 2020–21 World Rugby Women's Sevens Series
Pink Relegated as the lowest placed core team at the end of the 2019–20 series
Yellow Invitational team

Placings summaryEdit

Tallies of top four tournament placings during the 2019–20 series, by team:

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

TournamentsEdit

GlendaleEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   United States 26–7   Australia   New Zealand (Bronze)
  France
5th Place   Spain 12–7   Canada   Russia
  Ireland
Challenge Trophy   England 36–14   Japan   Brazil
  Fiji

Dubai*Edit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   New Zealand 17–14   Canada   United States (Bronze)
  Australia
9th Place   England 26–21   Ireland -
11th Place   Brazil 14-12   Japan -

Cape Town*Edit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   New Zealand 17–7   Australia   Canada (Bronze)
  France
9th Place   Spain 19–7   South Africa -
11th Place   Ireland 26-7   Brazil -

* 5th Place and Challenge Trophy not contested

PlayersEdit

Tries scoredEdit

Rank Player Tries
1   Stacey Fluhler 31
2   Ellia Green 26
3   Alev Kelter 21
4   Bianca Farella 18
5   Emma Tonegato 18

Points scoredEdit

Rank Player Points
1   Alev Kelter 171
2   Ghislaine Landry 170
3   Ellia Green 164
4   Stacey Fluhler 155
5   Tyla Nathan-Wong 139

Updated: 4 February 2020

AwardsEdit

Total impact player points
Pos Player T B O C Total
1   Stacey Waaka 10 22 13 61 163
2   Emma Tonegato 29 15 8 69 159
3   Alev Kelter 18 16 7 77 157
4   Bianca Farella 34 12 7 59 143
5   Asinate Savu 17 6 30 48 143
6   Kelly Brazier 44 9 7 48 139
7   Alena Mikhaltsova 26 6 22 51 139
8   Ellia Green 21 15 7 53 133
9   Coralie Bertrand 35 6 12 47 124
10   Kristi Kirshe 24 10 4 60 122

Updated: 30 December 2019

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Coronavirus: World Rugby forced into mass cancellations". The New Zealand Herald. 21 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b "World Rugby Statement: Singapore and Hong Kong Sevens rescheduled". World.Rugby. 13 February 2020.
  4. ^ a b "New Zealand awarded titles as HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 concluded". World Rugby. 30 June 2020. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  5. ^ Tournament Rules 2018, p. 2.
  6. ^ Tournament Rules 2018, p. 3.
  7. ^ Tournament Rules 2018, pp. 3–5.
  8. ^ Tournament Rules 2018, pp. 2–3.
  9. ^ "Brazil win Core Qualifiers in Hong Kong". Americas Rugby. 5 April 2019. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  10. ^ Breakfast, Sivewe (18 July 2019). "Cape Town Sevens dates confirmed: Women's event added to extended 2019 tournament". The South African. Archived from the original on 21 July 2019.
  11. ^ Navzi, Careem (13 March 2019). "Hong Kong Rugby Sevens to include women's event for first time from 2020 in revamped World Series". South China Morning Post. Archived from the original on 13 March 2019. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  12. ^ "HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series". world.rugby. Archived from the original on 21 July 2019.
  13. ^ "World Rugby announces new-look men's and women's HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019-23". world.rugby. 13 March 2019. Archived from the original on 25 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Schedule announced for HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020". World.Rugby. 8 August 2019. Archived from the original on 8 August 2019.
  15. ^ "HSBC Sydney 7s heads to Bankwest Stadium". Rugby Australia. 3 June 2019. Archived from the original on 4 June 2019.

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