2018–19 World Rugby Sevens Series

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2018–19 World Rugby Sevens
Series XX
Host nations
Date30 Nov 2018 – 9 Jun 2019
Nations21

The 2018–19 World Rugby Sevens Series, known for sponsorship reasons as the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, is the 20th annual series of rugby sevens tournaments for national men's rugby sevens teams. The Sevens Series has been run by World Rugby since 1999–2000. This series also, for the second time, doubles as a qualifier for the 2020 Summer Olympics, with the top four countries qualifying automatically.

Core teams[edit]

Japan was promoted to core team status for the season after winning the 2018 Hong Kong Sevens qualifier. They replaced Russia, which was relegated after finishing as the last place core team on the 2017–18 World Rugby Sevens Series.

Tour venues[edit]

The official schedule for the 2018–19 World Rugby Sevens Series is:[1]

2018–19 Venues
Leg Stadium City Dates Winner
United Arab Emirates The Sevens Stadium Dubai 30 November – 1 December 2018  New Zealand
South Africa Cape Town Stadium Cape Town 8–9 December 2018  Fiji
New Zealand FMG Stadium Waikato Hamilton 26–27 January 2019
Australia Spotless Stadium Sydney 2–3 February 2019
United States Sam Boyd Stadium Las Vegas 1–3 March 2019
Canada BC Place Vancouver 9–10 March 2019
Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium Hong Kong 5–7 April 2019
Singapore National Stadium Singapore 13–14 April 2019
England Twickenham Stadium London 25–26 May 2019
France Stade Jean-Bouin Paris 1–2 June 2019

Standings[edit]

Official standings for the 2018–19 series:

2018–19 World Rugby Sevens
Series XX
 
Pos
Event 
Team

Dubai

Cape Town

Hamil­ton

Sydney

Las Vegas

Van­couver

Hong Kong

Singa­pore

London

Paris
Points
total
1  United States 19 19 38
2  New Zealand 22 15 37
3  Fiji 13 22 35
4  England[GB 1] 17 13 30
5  South Africa 12 17 29
6  Australia 15 10 25
7  Scotland 10 10 20
8  Argentina 10 8 18
9  Spain 5 12 17
10  Samoa 8 7 15
11  France 7 5 12
12  Canada 5 5 10
13  Wales 3 2 5
14  Kenya 1 3 4
15  Japan 2 1 3
16  Zimbabwe 1 1 - - - - - - - - 2
17  Tonga - - - - - - - - 0
18  Chile - - - - - - - - 0
19  Sri Lanka - - - - - - - - - 0
20  Hong Kong - - - - - - - - - 0
21  Ireland - - - - - - - - 0

Source: World Rugby

Legend
Qualification for the 2019–20 World Sevens Series
No colour Core team in 2018–19
Pink Relegation position for the lowest placed core team at the end of the 2018–19 season
Yellow Not a core team
Qualification for the 2020 Olympic Sevens
Qualifying as one of the four highest placed eligible teams from the 2018–19 World Rugby Sevens Series not already qualified.[2]
  1. ^ By agreement between the three unions on the island of Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales), England, as highest finisher among those nations in the 2017–18 series, represents Great Britain in qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Sevens.[3] The final make-up of the Great Britain men's team will be determined by the British Olympic Association.

Placings summary[edit]

Tallies of top four tournament placings during the 2018–19 series, by team:

Team 1st, gold medalist(s) Gold 2nd, silver medalist(s) Silver 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Bronze Fourth Total
 New Zealand 1 1 2
 Fiji 1 1
 United States 2 2
 England 1 1
 South Africa 1 1
 Australia 1 1
Totals 2 2 2 2 8

Tournaments[edit]

Dubai[edit]

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup  New Zealand 21–5  United States  England (Bronze)
 Australia
5th Place  Fiji 24–19  South Africa  Argentina
 Scotland
Challenge Trophy  Samoa 33–24  France  Canada
 Spain
13th Place  Wales 31–7  Japan  Kenya
 Zimbabwe

Cape Town[edit]

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup  Fiji 29–15  United States  South Africa (Bronze)
 New Zealand
5th Place  England 14–7  Spain  Australia
 Scotland
Challenge Trophy  Argentina 38–14  Samoa  Canada
 France
13th Place  Kenya 33–26  Wales  Japan
 Zimbabwe

Hamilton[edit]

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup
5th Place
Challenge Trophy
13th Place

Sydney[edit]

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup
5th Place
Challenge Trophy
13th Place

Las Vegas[edit]

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup
5th Place
Challenge Trophy
13th Place

Vancouver[edit]

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup
5th Place
Challenge Trophy
13th Place

Hong Kong[edit]

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup
5th Place
Challenge Trophy
13th Place

Singapore[edit]

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup
5th Place
Challenge Trophy
13th Place

London[edit]

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup
5th Place
Challenge Trophy
13th Place

Paris[edit]

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup
5th Place
Challenge Trophy
13th Place

Players[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

Tries scored
Rank Player Tries
1 Alamanda Motuga 12
2 Alasio Naduva 11
Maurice Longbottom
4 Franco Sábato 10
John Porch
Points scored
Rank Player Points
1 John Porch 98
2 Andrew Knewstubb 85
3 Tom Mitchell 73
4 Luke Treharne 65
5 Francisco Hernández 63

Updated: 9 December 2018

Awards[edit]

Updated: 9 December 2018

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dates confirmed for 2018/19 Sevens Series". Planet Rugby. 6 July 2018. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Olympic qualification pathway for rugby sevens confirmed for Tokyo 2020". World Rugby. 17 September 2018. Archived from the original on 20 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Sevens Olympic pathway confirmed for 2020". England Rugby. 17 September 2018. Archived from the original on 12 October 2018.

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