2014–15 Sevens World Series

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2014–15 Sevens World Series
Host nations
  • Australia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • South Africa
  • United States
  • New Zealand
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Scotland
  • England
Date 11 Oct 2014 – 17 May 2015
Final positions
Champions  Fiji
Runners-up  South Africa
Third  New Zealand

The 2014–15 Sevens World Series, known for sponsorship reasons as the HSBC Sevens World Series, was the 16th annual series of rugby sevens tournaments for national rugby sevens teams. The Sevens World Series has been run by World Rugby since 1999–2000. This series also, for the first time, doubled as a qualifier for the 2016 Summer Olympics, with the top four countries qualifying automatically.[1]

Itinerary[edit]

The schedule for the 2014–15 Series was released to the public in early March 2014.

2014–15 Itinerary[2]
Leg Stadium City Date Winner
Australia Cbus Super Stadium Gold Coast 11–12 October 2014  Fiji
Dubai The Sevens Dubai 5–6 December 2014  South Africa
South Africa Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Port Elizabeth 13–14 December 2014  South Africa
New Zealand Westpac Stadium Wellington 6–7 February 2015  New Zealand
United States Sam Boyd Stadium Las Vegas 13–15 February 2015  Fiji
Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium Hong Kong 27–29 March 2015  Fiji
Japan Chichibunomiya Stadium Tokyo 4–5 April 2015  England
Scotland Scotstoun Stadium Glasgow 9–10 May 2015  Fiji
England Twickenham Stadium London 16–17 May 2015  United States

Core teams[edit]

For each season, 15 core teams receive guaranteed berths in all events for that season's series. Fourteen of these teams qualified via their placement in the 2013–14 series. In addition to the previous season's top 14, Japan joined the core teams as they were the winners of the qualifying tournament during the 2014 Hong Kong Sevens. Spain, being the last placed core team for 2013–14, were relegated and lost their status as a core team for the 2014–15 season.

Table[edit]

Legend
Qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics
and qualified as a 2015–16 core team
Qualified as a 2015–16 core team
Relegated from the Sevens World Series
Not a core team
2014–15 Standings[3]
Pos. Country Aust­ralia UAE South Africa New Zealand USA Hong Kong Japan Scotland England Overall
1  Fiji 22 17 12 13 22 22 17 22 17 164
2  South Africa 15 22 22 17 17 17 19 13 12 154
3  New Zealand 13 15 19 22 19 19 13 19 13 152
4  England[a 1] 17 10 10 19 12 10 22 17 15 132
5  Australia 10 19 17 12 13 13 7 10 19 120
6  United States 8 5 13 10 15 12 8 15 22 108
7  Scotland[a 1] 5 12 10 15 5 8 12 12 10 89
8  Argentina 12 13 15 7 7 10 2 7 7 80
9  Canada 3 3 8 3 10 5 15 10 10 67
10  Samoa 19 8 2 2 5 15 5 3 5 64
11  France 7 7 5 8 10 7 10 5 2 61
12  Wales[a 1] 10 10 5 5 2 5 5 8 5 55
13  Kenya 2 2 7 10 8 3 1 5 8 46
14  Portugal 5 5 3 5 3 1 3 2 1 28
15  Japan 1 1 1 1 1 2 10 1 3 21
16  Brazil - 1 - - 1 - - - 1 3
17  American Samoa 1 - - - - - - - - 1
 Belgium - - - - - 1 - - - 1
 Hong Kong - - - - - - 1 - - 1
 Papua New Guinea - - - 1 - - - - - 1
 Russia - - - - - - - 1 - 1
 Zimbabwe - - 1 - - - - - - 1
  1. ^ a b c By agreement between the three unions on the island of Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales), England, as highest finisher among those nations in the 2013–14 series, represented Great Britain in Olympic qualifying.[4] Following England's top-four finish, the final make-up of the Great Britain team will be determined by the British Olympic Association.

Tournaments[edit]

Gold Coast[edit]

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup  Fiji 31–24  Samoa  England (Third)
 South Africa
Plate  New Zealand 36–21  Argentina  Australia
 Wales
Bowl  United States 31–15  France  Portugal
 Scotland
Shield  Canada 40–7  Kenya  American Samoa
 Japan

Dubai[edit]

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup  South Africa 33–7  Australia  Fiji (Third)
 New Zealand
Plate  Argentina 26–12  Scotland  England
 Wales
Bowl  Samoa 31–21  France  Portugal
 United States
Shield  Canada 19–12  Kenya  Brazil
 Japan

Port Elizabeth[edit]

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup  South Africa 26–17  New Zealand  Australia (Third)
 Argentina
Plate  United States 21–14  Fiji  England
 Scotland
Bowl  Canada 24–5  Kenya  France
 Wales
Shield  Portugal 19–14  Samoa  Japan
 Zimbabwe

Wellington[edit]

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup  New Zealand 27–21  England  South Africa (Third)
 Scotland
Plate  Fiji 24–0  Australia  Kenya
 United States
Bowl  France 29–5  Argentina  Portugal
 Wales
Shield  Canada 26–10  Samoa  Japan
 Papua New Guinea

Las Vegas[edit]

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup  Fiji 35–19  New Zealand  South Africa (Third)
 United States
Plate  Australia 21–14  England  Canada
 France
Bowl  Kenya 24–21  Argentina  Samoa
 Scotland
Shield  Portugal 19–12  Wales  Brazil
 Japan

Hong Kong[edit]

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup  Fiji 33–19  New Zealand  South Africa (Third)
 Samoa
Plate  Australia 21–17  United States  Argentina
 England
Bowl  Scotland 26–5  France  Wales
 Canada
Shield  Kenya 26–7  Japan  Belgium
 Portugal

Tokyo[edit]

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup  England 21–14  South Africa  Fiji (Third)
 Canada
Plate  New Zealand 21–14  Scotland  France
 Japan
Bowl  United States 17–12  Australia  Samoa
 Wales
Shield  Portugal 12–7  Argentina  Hong Kong
 Kenya

Glasgow[edit]

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup  Fiji 24–17  New Zealand  England (Third)
 United States
Plate  South Africa 12–10  Scotland  Australia
 Canada
Bowl  Wales 12–7  Argentina  France
 Kenya
Shield  Samoa 22–12  Portugal  Japan
 Russia

London[edit]

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup  United States 45–22  Australia  Fiji (Third)
 England
Plate  New Zealand 26–14  South Africa  Canada
 Scotland
Bowl  Kenya 26–12  Argentina  Samoa
 Wales
Shield  Japan 21–19  France  Brazil
 Portugal

Player scoring[edit]

Leading Try Scorers (2014–15)
Rank Player Tries
1 South Africa Seabelo Senatla 47
2 Fiji Savenaca Rawaca 42
3 Fiji Semi Kunatani 40
4 United States Carlin Isles 32
4 Australia Cameron Clark 32
6 Australia Pama Fou 31
7 New Zealand Joe Webber 30
7 Samoa Samoa Toloa 30
9 New Zealand Sherwin Stowers 29
10 United States Perry Baker 28

Updated: 5 June 2015

Leading Point Scorers (2014–15)
Rank Player Points
1 Fiji Osea Kolinisau 312
2 United States Madison Hughes 296
3 South Africa Seabelo Senatla 235
4 France Terry Bouhraoua 229
5 Australia Cameron Clark 218
6 England Tom Mitchell 216
7 Fiji Savenaca Rawaca 210
8 Scotland Colin Gregor 207
9 South Africa Branco du Preez 201
10 Fiji Semi Kunatani 200

Updated: 5 June 2015

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rio 2016: Fiji beat Samoa in sevens to lead race for Olympics". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series 2013/14 dates set". irbsevens.com. 2012-05-17. 
  3. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series Standings". International Rugby Board. Archived from the original on 2 September 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "England nominated to qualify GB for Olympics" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 11 July 2014. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 

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