IRB Sevens World Series

The IRB Sevens World Series, before the 2006/ 07 IRB Sevens officially called and called HSBC Sevens World Series since 2010/11 after the sponsor, are a yearly since 1999/2000 series of 7- rugby tournaments. At the World Association of International Rugby Board (IRB ) organized tournaments take part in 7- rugby teams. The most famous tournament in the world, which has been held since 1976 Hong Kong Sevens, is also part of the series. Teams compete for the title by collecting in the various tournaments according to their cutting points.

7- Rugby is a version of rugby union in which 15 players per team are 7 held as usual on the field. The games are much shorter, lasting only 14 or 20 minutes, the game speed is much higher. The World Series tournaments take two days, Hong Kong Sevens lasts three days.



Usually 16 teams will participate in a tournament, the only exceptions are the Hong Kong Sevens with 28 teams and the London Sevens with 20 teams. At each 16- tournament, participants are divided into groups of four teams, with each round-robin unsubscribe. If at the end of the group stage is a tie, a decision is brought about as follows:

At each tournament four trophies are awarded: The Cup (Cup ) for the tournament winner and - in decreasing order of prestige value - Plate ( Plate, 5th place), bowl ( bowl, 9th place ) and Shield ( Shield, 13th place ). Each trophy is handed over at the end of the tournament.

After the end of the group stage draw ever the two top-ranked teams in the knockout round. The four winners of the quarter-finals will play for the Cup, the losers to the Plate. The third and fourth placed teams from the group stage also drag an a knockout round. Dier four winners spielem to the Bowl, the losers for the Shield.


The 15 so-called core team ( core team ) take on all tournaments in the series part. In addition, a starting place will be awarded to an invited team ( in the Hong Kong Sevens to the winner of the Asian Sevens Series).

Core Team 2013/14:

  • Argentina Argentina
  • Australia Australia
  • England England
  • Fiji Fiji
  • France France
  • Canada Canada
  • Kenya
  • New Zealand New Zealand
  • Portugal
  • Samoa Samoa
  • Scotland Scotland
  • Spain
  • South Africa South Africa
  • United States United States
  • Wales


The twelve top-ranked teams after the Scotland Sevens automatically qualify as core teams for the following season. In Hong Kong Sevens a Vorqualifikationabewerb will be held with 12 participants in parallel with the 16er tournament field. These play in three groups of four, a round-robin tournament, the two top finishers and the two best third-placed deny a knockout round, the four winners will qualify for the qualifying tournament. This will take place as part of the London Sevens, where in addition to the four teams from the pre-qualification, the three lowest ranked teams among the core team for the Scotland Sevens and the Asian Sevens Series winners to attend. These play in two groups of four, a round-robin tournament. The two top finishers move on to the semi-finals, the finalists and the winner of the match for third place, take the Core Team at the following season part.

Points system

The placement in the championship is calculated according to the items that have been won in the individual tournaments. At the 16- tournaments ( ie, excluding Hong Kong ), the points are distributed as follows:

  • Cup winner ( 1st place): 22 points
  • Cup runner-up: 19 points
  • Cup Third Place: 17 points
  • Cup fourth place: 15 points
  • Plate winners ( 5th place): 13 points
  • Runner-up Plate: 12 points
  • Semifinal losers Plate: 10 points
  • Bowl winner ( 9th place): 8 points
  • Runner-up Bowl: 7 points
  • Semifinal losers Bowl: 5 points
  • Shield winner (13th place): 3 points
  • Runner-up Shield: 2 points
  • Semifinal losers Shield: 1 point

If two or more teams at the end of the series have the same number of points, the decision is brought about as follows: