2006–07 IRB Sevens World Series
|2006–07 IRB Sevens World Series|
|Host nations|| United Arab Emirates|
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 did.
Sevens is traditionally played in a two-day tournament format; however, the most famous event, the Hong Kong Sevens, is played over three days.
|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||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|
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.
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
|Cup||South Africa||31–12||New Zealand|| Fiji|
|Shield||Wales||33–0||Arabian Gulf|| Kenya|
|Cup||New Zealand||24–19||South Africa|| Fiji|
|Cup||Samoa||17–14||Fiji|| New Zealand|
|Shield||Portugal||26–24||Scotland|| Papua New Guinea|
|Plate||South Africa||28–19||Scotland|| Australia|
|Shield||United States||26–5||Portugal|| West Indies|
|Event||Winners||Score||Finalists||Semi Finalists||Quarter Finalists|
|Cup||Samoa||27–22||Fiji|| New Zealand
|Plate||Australia||31–0||South Africa|| England|
|Cup||New Zealand||29–7||Fiji|| Samoa|
|Plate||South Africa||14–5||Australia|| Argentina|
|Cup||New Zealand||34–5||Samoa|| Argentina|
|Plate||Fiji||31–7||Kenya|| South Africa|
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- Official tournament site
- "2006-07 Season Overview". irb.com. Archived from the original on 23 October 2010. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
- "2006-07 Season Player Points". irb.com. Archived from the original on 1 December 2008. Retrieved 12 December 2013.