2019–20 World Rugby Women's Sevens Series
Women's Sevens Series VIII
|Date||5 October 2019 – 2 February 2020|
|Top point scorer||Alev Kelter (171)|
|Top try scorer||Stacey Fluhler (31)|
In March 2020, World Rugby postponed all remaining tournaments in the series due to the coronavirus pandemic. The events in Langford and Paris were postponed provisionally until September, preceding the Hong Kong event previously postponed until October.
Twelve nations competed at each event, drawn into three pools of four teams. 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. The winner of the series was determined by the overall points standings gained across all events in the season.
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, replacing China who were relegated after finishing as the lowest-placed core team in 2018–19.
Three new legs in South Africa, New Zealand, and Hong Kong were added to the women's circuit for 2019–20. 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. 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.
|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 ||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. In June 2020, the remaining three rounds of the tournament (Canada, France and Hong Kong) were cancelled due to the pandemic.
Official standings for the 2019–20 series:
|2019–20 World Rugby Women's Sevens|
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
Tallies of top four tournament placings during the 2019–20 series, by team:
|Cup||United States||26–7||Australia|| New Zealand (Bronze)|
|5th Place||Spain||12–7||Canada|| Russia|
|Challenge Trophy||England||36–14||Japan|| Brazil|
|Cup||New Zealand||17–14||Canada|| United States (Bronze)|
|Cup||New Zealand||17–7||Australia|| Canada (Bronze)|
|9th Place||Spain||19–7||South Africa||-|
* 5th Place and Challenge Trophy not contested
Updated: 4 February 2020
|Cape Town||Séraphine Okemba||58|
Updated: 30 December 2019
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