The London Sevens is an annual rugby sevens tournament held at Twickenham Stadium in London. It is part of the World Rugby Sevens Series. London was added to the World Series for the first time in 2001.[1] For many years the London Sevens was the last tournament of each season but the Paris Sevens became the last stop on the calendar in 2018. The current titleholder of the London Sevens is Fiji, who beat South Africa in the 2018 final.

London Sevens
Recent season or competition
2019 London Sevens
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SportRugby sevens
Inaugural season2001
Holders Fiji (2019)
Most titles New Zealand  (5 times)
England playing Spain at the 2008 London Sevens,

The London Sevens is one of the more popular stops on the World Series. The 2011 London Sevens set a single-day attendance record of over 54,000 fans, surpassing the attendance record set by the Dubai Sevens.[2] The tournament has also drawn over 100,000 fans over the course of the weekend, making it one of the largest attended recurring events on the Twickenham stadium calendar. [3]

2013 qualifierEdit

Uniquely, the 2013 edition was not only the final event in the series, but also incorporated the World Series Core Team Qualifier. In Sevens Series terminology, "core teams" are those that are guaranteed a place in all series events in a given season. Unlike all other series events, the 2013 London Sevens had only 12 teams competing for series points, namely the top 12 core teams on the season points table following the season's penultimate tournament, the Scotland Sevens. The Core Team Qualifier involved eight teams—the winner of the HSBC Asian Sevens Series; four teams advancing from the World Series Pre-Qualifier, held as part of the Hong Kong Sevens; and the three core teams at the bottom of the season table after the Scotland Sevens. The top three teams at the end of the Core Team Qualifier became core teams for the next season.[4]

World Rugby, then known as the International Rugby Board, chose to change its core team qualifying process in advance of the 2013–14 series, reducing the number of promotion/relegation places from three to one, and also using only the Hong Kong Sevens for the core team qualifier. Accordingly, the London Sevens returned to its traditional 16-team format from 2014 forward.[5]

Results by yearEdit

Year  Venue  Cup final Placings
Winner Score Runner-up Plate Bowl Shield
2001 Twickenham  
New Zealand
19–12  
Australia
 
South Africa
 
Wales
2002 Twickenham  
New Zealand
54–14  
South Africa
 
Australia
 
France
 
Georgia
2003 Twickenham  
England
31–24  
Fiji
 
Australia
 
Samoa
 
Argentina
2004 Twickenham  
England
22–19  
New Zealand
 
South Africa
 
France
 
Portugal
2005 Twickenham  
South Africa
21–12  
England
 
Fiji
 
Samoa
 
Canada
2006 Twickenham  
Fiji
54–14  
South Africa
 
Australia
 
Portugal
 
Italy
2007 Twickenham  
New Zealand
29–7  
Fiji
 
South Africa
 
England
 
Kenya
2008 Twickenham  
Samoa
19–14  
Fiji
 
New Zealand
 
Australia
 
Spain
2009 Twickenham  
England
26–7  
New Zealand
 
Fiji
 
Kenya
 
Canada
2010 Twickenham  
Australia
19–14  
South Africa
 
New Zealand
 
Canada
 
Kenya
2011 Twickenham  
South Africa
24–14  
Fiji
 
Samoa
 
Scotland
 
England
2012 Twickenham  
Fiji
38–15  
Samoa
 
New Zealand
 
Australia
 
Wales
2013 Twickenham  
New Zealand
47–12  
Australia
 
England
 
Fiji
 
Wales
2014 Twickenham  
New Zealand
52–33  
Australia
 
South Africa
 
Canada
 
United States
2015 Twickenham  
United States
45–22  
Australia
 
New Zealand
 
Kenya
 
Japan
2016 Twickenham  
Scotland
27–26  
South Africa
 
New Zealand
 
Wales
 
Kenya
Winner Score Runner-up Third Fourth Challenge Trophy
2017 Twickenham  
Scotland
12–7  
England
 
Canada
 
United States
 
Fiji
2018 Twickenham  
Fiji
21–17  
South Africa
 
Ireland
 
England
 
Kenya
2019 Twickenham  
Fiji
43–7  
Australia
 
United States
 
France
 
Samoa

Multiple winnersEdit

The teams that have won the tournament, as part of the World Rugby Sevens Series, on multiple occasions are:

Team Titles Years
New Zealand 5 2001, 2002, 2007, 2013, 2014
Fiji 4 2006, 2012, 2018, 2019
England 3 2003, 2004, 2009
Scotland 2 2016, 2017
South Africa 2 2005, 2011

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Twickenham: The Home of England Rugby", Phil McGowan, Amberley Publishing, 2014.
  2. ^ "London Sevens break single day attendance record", All Blacks, 23 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Twickenham: The Home of England Rugby", Phil McGowan, Amberley Publishing, 2014.
  4. ^ "HSBC World Sevens Series: Series Qualifying". International Rugby Board. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
  5. ^ "One up one down for HSBC World Sevens Series" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 9 October 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2013.

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