2012–13 IRB Sevens World Series

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2012–13 IRB Sevens World Series
Host nations  Australia
 United Arab Emirates
 South Africa
 New Zealand
 United States
 Hong Kong
 Japan
 Scotland
 England
Date 13 Oct 2012 – 12 May 2013
Nations 22
Final positions
Champions  New Zealand
Runners-up  South Africa
Third  Fiji
Series details
Top point scorer England Dan Norton
(264 points)
Top try scorer England Dan Norton
(52 tries)

The 2012–13 IRB Sevens World Series, known for sponsorship reasons as the HSBC Sevens World Series, was the 14th annual series of rugby union sevens tournaments for full national sides run by the International Rugby Board since 1999–2000.

Itinerary[edit]

The schedule for the 2012–13 Series was released to the general public in late June 2012. At the time, the schedule included a new event to be held in La Plata, Argentina.[1] However, on 16 August, the Argentine Rugby Union pulled out of hosting an event in 2012–13, citing demands associated with the country's 2012 entry into The Rugby Championship.

2012–13 Itinerary[1]
Leg Venue Date Winner
Australia Skilled Park, Gold Coast 13–14 October 2012  Fiji
Dubai The Sevens, Dubai 30 Nov–1 Dec 2012  Samoa
South Africa Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth 8–9 December 2012  New Zealand
New Zealand Westpac Stadium, Wellington 1–2 February 2013  England
United States Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas 8–10 February 2013  South Africa
Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong 22–24 March 2013  Fiji
Japan Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo 30–31 March 2013  South Africa
Scotland Scotstoun Stadium. Glasgow 4–5 May 2013  South Africa
England Twickenham, London 11–12 May 2013  New Zealand

Core teams[edit]

Before each season, the IRB announces the "core teams" that received guaranteed berths in each event of that season's series. This was the first series in which 15 teams received this status, up from 12 in the recent past. All 12 core teams from 2011–12 retained their status, with three more being elevated as top finishers in a 12-team qualifying tournament conducted as part of the 2012 Hong Kong Sevens. The 2012–13 core teams are:[2][3]

Promotion and relegation[edit]

For the first time, the IRB instituted a formal promotion and relegation process for core team status in the Sevens World Series, replacing the former ad hoc process. The top 12 core teams in the season table after the next-to-last round of the series in Glasgow retained their status for 2013–14. The remaining three core teams for 2013–14 are being determined in a two-stage qualifying process:[4]

  • The first stage was a World Series Pre-Qualifier held as part of the 2013 Hong Kong Sevens. Two qualifiers from each of the IRB's six regions competed. The 12 teams were drawn into three pools, with the top two teams from each pool, plus the top two runners-up, advancing to a quarterfinal round. The winners of the four quarterfinal matches (Russia, Zimbabwe, Tonga, and Georgia) advanced to the second stage.
  • The final stage, the World Series Core Team Qualifier, was held as part of the 2013 London Sevens. The pre-qualifiers were joined by Hong Kong, which earned its spot by winning the HSBC Asian Sevens Series,[5] plus the bottom three core teams following the Scotland Sevens. The qualifier was conducted with a pool stage followed by knockout play, with the two finalists and the winner of the third-place match becoming 2013–14 core teams.

Table[edit]

Legend
2013–14 automatic core team
2013–14 core team qualifier
2013 London Sevens core team qualifier tournament
Eliminated from IRB Sevens World Series
2012–13 Standings[6]
Pos. Country Australia Dubai South Africa New Zealand USA Hong Kong Japan Scotland England Overall
1  New Zealand 19 19 22 17 19 17 19 19 22 173
2  South Africa 17 7 17 10 22 5 22 22 10 132
3  Fiji 22 10 12 7 15 22 10 10 13 121
4  Samoa 10 22 7 15 17 13 10 5 5 104
5  Kenya 15 17 5 19 1 15 5 7 15 99
6  England 7 3 5 22 5 8 8 17 17 92
7  Wales 5 13 13 3 10 19 5 15 8 91
8  Australia 10 1 8 13 3 10 17 8 19 89
9  France 12 15 19 5 8 3 15 3 7 87
10  Argentina 13 8 15 10 7 2 7 12 10 84
11  United States 2 5 10 1 10 5 13 13 12 71
12  Canada 5 12 1 8 13 12 3 10 5 69
13  Scotland 3 5 1 12 12 1 12 5 51
14  Portugal 1 10 10 1 1 10 1 1 35
15  Spain 8 2 3 5 5 1 1 1 26
16  Hong Kong 7 7
17  Russia 1 2 3
 Tonga 1 2 3
19  Japan 2 2
 Uruguay 2 2
 Zimbabwe 2 2
22  Georgia 0

Player statistics[edit]

Points scored[edit]

Points scored[7]
Pos. Player Points
1  Dan Norton (ENG) 264
2  Joji Baleviani Raqamate (FIJ) 247
3  Nathan Hirayama (CAN) 241
4  Junior Tomasi Cama (NZL) 237
5  Christian Lewis-Pratt (ENG) 221
6  Cornal Hendricks (RSA) 190
7  Terry Bouhraoua (FRA) 189
8  Lewis Holland (AUS) 187
9  Paul Albaladejo (FRA) 180
10  Sean Duke (CAN) 175

Tries scored[edit]

Tries scored[8]
Pos. Player Tries
1  Dan Norton (ENG) 52
2  Cornal Hendricks (RSA) 38
3  Sean Duke (CAN) 35
4  Lewis Holland (AUS) 29
5  Samisoni Viriviri (FIJ) 29
6  Marcus Watson (ENG) 27
7  Tim Mikkelson (NZL) 26
8  Kurt Baker (NZL) 25
 Julien Candelon (FRA)
 Joji Baleviani Raqamate (FIJ)

Tournaments[edit]

Gold Coast[edit]

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup  Fiji 32–14  New Zealand  Kenya
 South Africa
Plate  Argentina 14–7  France  Australia
 Samoa
Bowl  Spain 19–14  England  Canada
 Wales
Shield  Scotland 40–5  United States  Portugal
 Tonga

Dubai[edit]

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup  Samoa 26–15  New Zealand  France
 Kenya
Plate  Wales 21–14  Canada  Fiji
 Portugal
Bowl  Argentina 14–10  South Africa  Scotland
 United States
Shield  England 26–5  Spain  Australia
 Russia

South Africa[edit]

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup  New Zealand 47–12  France  Argentina
 South Africa
Plate  Wales 26–14  Fiji  Portugal
 United States
Bowl  Australia 26–14  Samoa  England
 Kenya
Shield  Spain 33–0  Zimbabwe  Canada
 Scotland

Wellington[edit]

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup  England 24–19  Kenya  New Zealand
 Samoa
Plate  Australia 22–7  Scotland  Argentina
 South Africa
Bowl  Canada 28–19  Fiji  France
 Spain
Shield  Wales 26–21  Tonga  Portugal
 United States

United States[edit]

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup  South Africa 40–21  New Zealand  Fiji
 Samoa
Plate  Canada 22–5  Scotland  United States
 Wales
Bowl  France 17–12  Argentina  England
 Spain
Shield  Australia 41–0  Uruguay  Kenya
 Portugal

Hong Kong[edit]

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup  Fiji 26–19  Wales  New Zealand
 Kenya
Plate  Samoa 12–7  Canada  Australia
 Portugal
Bowl  England 42–7  Hong Kong  United States
 South Africa
Shield  France 19–14  Argentina  Scotland
 Spain
World Series
pre-qualifier
 Zimbabwe 22–19  Tonga  Russia
 Georgia

Japan[edit]

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup  South Africa 24–19  New Zealand  Australia
 France
Plate  United States 17–0  Scotland  Fiji
 Samoa
Bowl  England 38–0  Argentina  Kenya
 Wales
Shield  Canada 27–14  Japan  Portugal
 Spain

Scotland[edit]

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup  South Africa 28–21  New Zealand  England
 Wales
Plate  United States 17–7  Argentina  Canada
 Fiji
Bowl  Australia 12–5  Kenya  Samoa
 Scotland
Shield  France 21–17  Russia  Portugal
 Spain

London[edit]

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup  New Zealand 47–12  Australia  England
 Kenya
Plate  Fiji 14–5  United States  Argentina
 South Africa
Bowl  Wales 19–7  France  Canada
 Samoa

Dream Team[edit]

The 2012-2013 HSBC Sevens World Series 'Dream Team' was selected by the series' regular television broadcast commentators.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "HSBC Sevens World Series expands to 10 rounds". irbsevens.com. 2012-06-26. 
  2. ^ "Who will join the Sevens elite?" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 22 March 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Tears of joy for World Series qualifiers" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "HSBC World Sevens Series: Series Qualifying". International Rugby Board. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "HK win Mumbai Sevens to claim Asia Series" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 15 October 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series Standings". International Rugby Board. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "IRB Sevens World Series 2012/13 Statistics: Season Player Points". International Rugby Board. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  8. ^ "IRB Sevens World Series 2012/13 Statistics: Season Player Tries". International Rugby Board. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  9. ^ "Seven make new World Series Dream Team". International Rugby Board. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 

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