Sevens Grand Prix Series
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|Current season, competition or edition:|
2018 Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series
|No. of teams||12|
|Ireland (1st title)|
|Most titles||Portugal (8 titles)|
The Rugby Europe Sevens, whose main division is the Sevens Grand Prix Series, are a series of rugby sevens tournaments held by Rugby Europe. It was formerly known as the FIRA-AER Sevens until 2013, with only one annual tournament prior to 2011, when it was reorganized as a series of tournaments, following the model of the World Rugby Sevens Series, and named the Sevens Grand Prix Series. Rugby Europe also sponsors continental sevens tournaments divided into multiple divisions, incorporating a promotion/relegation system.
In the Grand Prix, twelve teams play in several tournaments each summer throughout Europe. Each tournament spans two days — the first day is a pool phase and the second day is a knockout phase. During the pool phase, the teams are divided into three pools of four teams each. After the pool phase, the top eight teams (two first of each pool, plus two best-performing third place teams) advance to the Cup tournament; the other four teams play for the Challenge Trophy.
At the end of each tournament, teams are awarded points based on their performance. At the end of the series, the team with the most points is declared the champion. The team with the fewest points is relegated from the Grand Prix to the Trophy competition, whereas the champion of the Trophy competition is promoted to next season's Grand Prix.
A number of qualifying tournaments lead up to a finals tournament, which functions as the European championship and, in 2008, also as the qualifying stage for the Sevens World Cup.
The first European Championship was held in 2002 in Heidelberg, Germany, and was won by Portugal, the team that won every men's championship since except 2007 and 2009, when Russia won. In 2003, the tournament was again held in Heidelberg and, in 2004, Palma de Mallorca, Spain was the host. From 2005 to 2007, Moscow was the host of the tournament.
Hanover held the tournament for the first time in 2008 and did so again in 2009. In 2010, the tournament return to Moscow.
In 2011, the format of the competition changed. The twelve best teams meet on several tournaments, following the model of the IRB Sevens World Series. The name also changed, the European Championship was known as Sevens Grand Prix Series.
The first edition of this competition was held in 2011 with a victory of Portugal.
Grand Prix Series era
|Portugal||8 (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011)||1 (2012)||–||1 (2013)|
|Russia||4 (2007, 2009, 2016, 2017)||2 (2005, 2006)||3 (2010, 2013, 2018)||3 (2011, 2014, 2015)|
|France||2 (2014, 2015)||6 (2003, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2016)||1 (2012)||3 (2002, 2005, 2006)|
|England||2 (2012, 2013)||1 (2011)||2 (2014, 2015)||1 (2018)|
|Ireland||1 (2018)||1 (2017)||1 (2004)||1 (2008)|
|Spain||–||1 (2015)||3 (2011, 2016, 2017)||4 (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012)|
|Italy||–||1 (2004)||3 (2005, 2006, 2009)||–|
|Georgia||–||1 (2002)||2 (2003, 2008)||–|
|Germany||–||1 (2018)||1 (2002)||2 (2003, 2016)|
|Scotland||–||1 (2014)||–||1 (2004)|
|Wales||–||1 (2008)||–||1 (2017)|
Division A / Trophy
Division B / Conference 1
|2014 (North)||Czech Republic||Norway||Luxembourg|
|2018||Czech Republic||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Moldova|
|2015||Ireland||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Serbia|