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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 – 31 May 2020

FormatEdit

Twelve nations compete at each event,[1] drawn into three pools of four teams.[2] The top-placed teams after the pool matches at each tournament play off for a Cup, with gold, silver and bronze medals also awarded to the first three teams.[3] Lower-placed teams at each tournament play off for a Challenge Trophy.[1] The overall winner of the series is determined by points gained from the standings across all events in the season.[4]

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,[5] 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.[6][7] The Japan Women's Sevens is not part of the series as the Olympic Sevens is being hosted in Tokyo in 2020, so there are eight women's events in the 2019–20 series.[8] All but two of these (the tournaments in Canada and the United States) are being hosted as combined sevens events with their corresponding tournaments from the men's World Series.[9][10]

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
South Africa Cape Town Stadium Cape Town 13–15 December 2019
New Zealand Waikato Stadium Hamilton 25–26 January 2020
Australia Bankwest Stadium[11] Sydney 1–2 February 2020
Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium Hong Kong 3–5 April 2020
Canada Westhills Stadium Langford (Victoria) 2–3 May 2020
France Stade Jean-Bouin Paris 30–31 May 2020

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
 
Hong Kong
 
Lang­ford
 
Paris
Points
total
1   United States 20 20
2   Australia 18 18
3   New Zealand 16 16
4   France 14 14
5   Spain 12 12
6   Canada 10 10
7   Russia 8 8
8   Ireland 6 6
9   England 4 4
10   Japan 3 3
11   Fiji 2 2
12   Brazil 1 1

Source: World Rugby

Legend
No colour Core team in 2019–20 and re-qualifying as a core team for the 2020–21 World Rugby Women's Sevens Series
Pink Relegation position for 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
  United States 1 1
  Australia 1 1
  New Zealand 1 1
  France 1 1
Totals 1 1 1 1 4

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

PlayersEdit

Points scoredEdit

Rank Player Points
1   Emma Tonegato 45
2   Ellia Green 40
  Ghislaine Landry 40
4   Kelly Brazier 38
5   Alev Kelter 36

Updated: 7 October 2019

AwardsEdit

Impact player awards
Tour Leg Player Points
Glendale   Charlotte Caslick 63
Dubai
Cape Town
Hamilton
Sydney
Hong Kong
Langford
Paris
Total impact player points
Pos Player T B O C Total
1   Charlotte Caslick 12 7 2 26 63
2   Michaela Blyde 12 7 4 21 62
3   Alev Kelter 8 5 3 30 59
4   Emma Tonegato 7 8 2 23 58
5   Alena Mikhaltsova 8 2 10 23 57
6   Cassie Staples 14 4 3 21 53
7   Anne-Cécile Ciofani 12 5 3 14 47
  Bianca Farella 11 5 2 17 47
  Stacey Waaka 5 7 3 15 47
10   Yume Okuroda 8 1 4 27 46

Updated: 7 October 2019

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Tournament Rules 2018, p. 2.
  2. ^ Tournament Rules 2018, p. 3.
  3. ^ Tournament Rules 2018, pp. 3–5.
  4. ^ Tournament Rules 2018, pp. 2–3.
  5. ^ "Brazil win Core Qualifiers in Hong Kong". Americas Rugby. 5 April 2019. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series". world.rugby. Archived from the original on 21 July 2019.
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ "Schedule announced for HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020". World.Rugby. 8 August 2019. Archived from the original on 8 August 2019.
  11. ^ "HSBC Sydney 7s heads to Bankwest Stadium". Rugby Australia. 3 June 2019. Archived from the original on 4 June 2019.

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