2006–07 IRB Sevens World Series

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2006–07 IRB Sevens World Series
Host nations  Dubai
 South Africa
 New Zealand
 United States
 Hong Kong
 Australia
 England
 Scotland
Nations 32
Final positions
Champions  New Zealand
Runners-up  Fiji
Third  Samoa
Series details

2006–07 IRB Sevens World Series was the eighth of an annual series of rugby union sevens tournaments for full national sides run by the International Rugby Board since 1999–2000.

New Zealand won the 2006–07 series by winning the final tournament in Edinburgh. In that event, the then-defending series champions Fiji would have clinched the season crown by defeating Wales in the Cup quarterfinals. However, a Wales upset win opened the door for New Zealand to take the season crown by winning the Cup in Edinburgh, which they proceeded to do.

Sevens is a stripped-down version of rugby union, with seven players on each side rather than fifteen. Games are much shorter, seven or ten minutes each half, and tend to be very fast-paced, open affairs. Sevens is traditionally played in a two-day tournament format; however, the most famous event, the Hong Kong Sevens, is played over three days.

Calendar[edit]

The Australia and Scotland events are new for 2006-07. The Australia event effectively replaces Singapore, and the Scotland event effectively replaces the Paris Sevens.

Leg Venue Date Winner
Dubai Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground December 1–2, 2006  South Africa
South Africa Outeniqua Park, George December 8–9, 2006  New Zealand
New Zealand Westpac Stadium, Wellington February 2–3, 2007  Samoa
United States PETCO Park, San Diego, California February 10–11, 2007  Fiji
Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium March 30-April 1, 2007  Samoa
Australia Adelaide Oval, Adelaide April 7–8, 2007  Fiji
London Twickenham May 26–27, 2007  New Zealand
Scotland Murrayfield, Edinburgh June 2–3, 2007  New Zealand

The season[edit]

In a normal event, 16 teams are entered; in Hong Kong, 24 teams enter. In each tournament, the teams are divided into pools of four teams, who play a round-robin within the pool. Points are awarded in each pool on a different schedule from most rugby tournaments—3 for a win, 2 for a draw, 1 for a loss. The first tiebreaker is the head-to-head result between the tied teams, followed by difference in points scored during the tournament.

Four trophies are awarded in each tournament, except for Hong Kong. In descending order of prestige, they are the Cup, whose winner is the overall tournament champion, Plate, Bowl and Shield. In Hong Kong, the Shield is not awarded. Each trophy is awarded at the end of a knockout tournament.

In a normal event, the top two teams in each pool advance to the Cup competition. The four quarterfinal losers drop into the bracket for the Plate. The Bowl is contested by the third-place finishers in each pool, while the Shield is contested by the last-place teams from each pool.

In Hong Kong, the six pool winners, plus the two highest-finishing second-place teams, advance to the Cup. The Plate participants are the eight highest-ranked teams remaining, while the lowest eight drop to the Bowl.

Points schedule[edit]

The season championship is determined by points earned in each tournament. For most events, points are awarded on the following schedule:

  • Cup winner (1st place): 20 points
  • Cup runner-up: 16 points
  • Losing Cup semifinalists: 12 points
  • Plate winner (5th place): 8 points
  • Plate runner-up: 6 points
  • Losing Plate semifinalists: 4 points
  • Bowl winner (9th place): 2 points

Points are awarded on a different schedule for the Hong Kong Sevens:

  • Cup winner: 30 points
  • Cup runner-up: 24 points
  • Losing Cup semifinalists: 18 points
  • Losing Cup quarterfinalists: 8 points
  • Plate winner (9th place): 4 points
  • Plate runner-up: 3 points
  • Losing Plate semifinalists: 2 points
  • Bowl winner (17th place): 1 point

Final table[edit]

Pos. Country Dubai South Africa New Zealand United States Hong Kong Australia England Scotland Overall
1  New Zealand 16 20 12 12 18 12 20 20 130
2  Fiji 12 12 16 20 24 20 16 8 128
3  Samoa 8 4 20 16 30 16 12 16 122
4  South Africa 20 16 12 8 18 6 8 4 92
5  England 12 12 8 4 8 4 2 2 52
6  Wales 0 8 4 2 12 12 38
7  Australia 4 2 0 4 8 8 6 0 32
8  France 6 4 6 12 0 0 0 28
9  Scotland 0 0 0 6 8 4 4 4 26
10  Argentina 2 0 2 0 3 4 12 23
11  Kenya 0 0 4 0 0 12 0 6 22
12  Tonga 0 2 8 0 10
13  Canada 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 8
14  Tunisia 0 6 0 6
15  Portugal 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
15  United States 0 0 2 2
17  Russia 1 0 0 1

The events[edit]

Dubai[edit]

Main article: 2006 Dubai Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup  South Africa 31–12  New Zealand  Fiji
 England
Plate  Samoa 26–7  France  Canada
 Australia
Bowl  Argentina 26–7  Zimbabwe  Portugal
 Tunisia
Shield  Wales 33–0  Arabian Gulf  Kenya
 Scotland

South Africa[edit]

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup  New Zealand 24–19  South Africa  Fiji
 England
Plate  Wales 26–7  Tunisia  France
 Samoa
Bowl  Australia 41–7  Kenya  Argentina
 Canada
Shield  Portugal 14–12  Zimbabwe  Scotland
 Uganda

New Zealand[edit]

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup  Samoa 17–14  Fiji  New Zealand
 South Africa
Plate  England 21–12  France  Canada
 Kenya
Bowl  Argentina 12–5  Tonga  Australia
 Cook Islands
Shield  Portugal 26–24  Scotland  Papua New Guinea
 United States

USA[edit]

Main article: 2007 USA Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup  Fiji 38–24  Samoa  France
 New Zealand
Plate  South Africa 28–19  Scotland  Australia
 England
Bowl  Tonga 22–17  Argentina  Canada
 Kenya
Shield  United States 26–5  Portugal  West Indies
 Chile

Hong Kong[edit]

Main article: 2007 Hong Kong Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists Quarter Finalists
Cup  Samoa 27–22  Fiji  New Zealand
 South Africa
 Australia
 England
 Scotland
 Tonga
Plate  Wales 26–19  Argentina  Portugal
 United States
 Canada
 Italy
 Hong Kong
 Tunisia
Bowl  Russia 21–7  France  Kenya
 Japan
 China
 Chinese Taipei
 South Korea
 Sri Lanka

Australia[edit]

Main article: 2007 Adelaide Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup  Fiji 21–7  Samoa  Kenya
 New Zealand
Plate  Australia 31–0  South Africa  England
 Scotland
Bowl  Wales 26–14  Tonga  Argentina
 France
Shield  Canada 43–17  Japan  Portugal
 Hong Kong

London[edit]

Main article: 2007 London Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup  New Zealand 29–7  Fiji  Samoa
 Wales
Plate  South Africa 14–5  Australia  Argentina
 Scotland
Bowl  England 26–14  Portugal  France
 Russia
Shield  Kenya 15–0  Italy  Canada
 Georgia

Scotland[edit]

Main article: 2007 Edinburgh Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup  New Zealand 34–5  Samoa  Argentina
 Wales
Plate  Fiji 31–7  Kenya  South Africa
 Scotland
Bowl  England 31–0  Portugal  Australia
 Georgia
Shield  France 21–12  South Africa  Canada
 Italy

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