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2011–12 IRB Sevens World Series

2011–12 IRB Sevens World Series
Host nations 23x15px Australia
United Arab Emirates
South Africa
New Zealand
United States
Hong Kong
Japan
Scotland
England
Date 25 November 2011
Nations 30
Final positions
Champions 23x15px New Zealand
Runners-up 23x15px Fiji
Third 23x15px England
Series details
Top point scorer 23x15px Tomasi Cama
(390 points)
Top try scorer 23x15px Mathew Turner
(38 tries)

The 2011–12 IRB Sevens World Series, known for sponsorship reasons as the HSBC Sevens World Series, was the 13th annual series of rugby union sevens tournaments for full national sides run by the International Rugby Board since 1999–2000.

Sevens is a stripped-down version of rugby union, with seven players on each side rather than fifteen. Games are much shorter, seven or ten minutes each half, and tend to be very fast-paced. Sevens is traditionally played in a two-day tournament format. However, the most famous event, the Hong Kong Sevens, was played over three days, largely because it involves 24 teams instead of the normal 16. In addition, the USA Sevens were a three-day affair this season despite being a standard 16-team event.

Itinerary

The IRB announced the schedule for the 2011–12 series on 18 August 2011. The most important development was the addition of a leg in Japan, expanding the circuit to nine legs. Two other significant scheduling changes were made. The Australian leg, which had previously followed the Hong Kong Sevens, was now the first event in the series. Also, the last two legs of the series, originally slated for Edinburgh and London, switched places on the schedule, making the London leg the last in the series.[1]

On 13 April 2011, the Australian and South African unions (respectively ARU and SARU) both announced that their countries' legs of the series would move to new sites effective with this season. The ARU announced that its leg would move from Adelaide to the Gold Coast. Initially, the event was called the "International Rugby Sevens Gold Coast", but was later rebranded as simply the "Gold Coast Sevens".[2][3] The SARU announced that Port Elizabeth would become the new host of the South Africa leg, replacing George.[4]

On 9 December 2011, the IRB and the Scottish Rugby Union announced that the Scotland Sevens, also previously known as the Edinburgh Sevens, would move to Glasgow effective with the 2012 edition.[5]

2011–12 Itinerary[1]
Leg Venue Date Winner
Australia Skilled Park, Gold Coast 25–26 November 2011 23x15px Fiji
Dubai The Sevens, Dubai 2–3 December 2011 23x15px England
South Africa Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth 9–10 December 2011 23x15px New Zealand
New Zealand Westpac Stadium, Wellington 3–4 February 2012 23x15px New Zealand
United States Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas 10–12 February 2012 23x15px Samoa
Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong 23–25 March 2012 23x15px Fiji
Japan Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo 31 March–1 April 2012 23x15px Australia
Scotland Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow 5–6 May 2012 23x15px New Zealand
England Twickenham, London 12–13 May 2012 23x15px Fiji

Women's sevens

The 2011 Dubai Sevens saw the IRB organise its first officially sanctioned women's international sevens tournament apart from the Rugby World Cup Sevens. It involved eight teams—Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, South Africa, Spain, and the USA—and the semifinals and final were held on the main pitch at The Sevens. This was part of a plan to launch a full IRB International Women's Sevens Series for 2012–13.[6]

Core teams

Before each season, the IRB announces the 12 "core teams" that received guaranteed berths in each event of that season's series. The core teams for 2011–12 were:[7]

The core teams have been unchanged since the 2008–09 series.

Points schedule

The season championship was determined by points earned in each tournament. A new points system, in which each participating team now receives Series points, was introduced shortly before the 2011–12 season kicked off:[8]

16-team events (all except for Hong Kong)
  • Cup winner (1st place): 22 points
  • Cup runner-up (2nd place): 19 points
  • Cup third-place play-off winner (3rd place): 17 points
  • Cup third-place play-off loser (4th place): 15 points
  • Plate winner (5th place): 13 points
  • Plate runner-up (6th place): 12 points
  • Losing Plate semi-finalists (joint 7th place): 10 points
  • Bowl winner (9th place): 8 points
  • Bowl runner-up (10th place): 7 points
  • Losing Bowl semi-finalists (joint 11th place): 5 points
  • Shield winner (13th place): 3 points
  • Shield runner-up (14th place): 2 points
  • Losing Shield semi-finalists (joint 15th place): 1 point
24-team event (Hong Kong)
  • To be announced

Tournament structure

In all tournaments except Hong Kong, 16 teams participated. Due to its place as the sport's most prestigious annual event, the Hong Kong tournament had 24 teams. In each 16-team tournament, the teams were divided into pools of four teams, who played a round-robin within the pool. Points were awarded in each pool on a different schedule from most rugby tournaments—3 for a win, 2 for a draw, 1 for a loss. In case of a tie on competition points, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:[9]

  1. Head-to-head result
  2. Difference in points scored in all pool matches
  3. Difference in tries scored in all pool matches
  4. Total points scored in all pool matches
  5. Total tries scored in all pool matches
  6. Coin toss

A tie between more than two teams is resolved in the same manner, but without considering head-to-head results.[9]

Four trophies were awarded in each tournament. In descending order of prestige, they were the Cup (overall tournament champion), Plate, Bowl and Shield. Each trophy was awarded at the end of a knockout tournament.[10]

In a 16-team tournament, the top two teams in each pool advanced to the Cup competition. The four quarterfinal losers dropped into the bracket for the Plate. The Bowl was contested by the third- and fourth-place finishers in each pool, with the losers in the Bowl quarterfinals dropping into the bracket for the Shield.[9]

The Hong Kong Sevens used a similar structure, though adjusted for the larger number of teams involved. Its 24 teams were divided into six pools of four teams each, with the competition points system and tiebreakers identical to those for a 16-team event. The six pool winners and the two top second-place finishers advanced to the Cup competition.[11]

  • The Plate competition was contested by the losing quarterfinalists from the Cup, as in all other events in the series.
  • The Bowl was contested by the four remaining second-place finishers and the top four third-place finishers.
  • The Shield was contested by the remaining eight entrants.

Statistics

Table

2011–12 Standings[12]
Pos. Country Australia (Gold Coast) Dubai South Africa
(Port Elizabeth)
New Zealand
(Wellington)
USA
(Las Vegas)
Hong Kong Japan
(Tokyo)
Scotland
(Glasgow)
England
(London)
Overall
1 23x15px New Zealand 19 10 22 22 19 19 17 22 17 167
2 23x15px Fiji 22 17 12 19 17 22 13 17 22 161
3 23x15px England 10 22 15 17 10 15 15 19 12 135
4 23x15px Samoa 12 3 17 15 22 13 19 13 19 133
5 23x15px South Africa 17 12 19 13 15 17 12 10 10 125
6 23x15px Australia 15 13 10 7 7 10 22 15 13 112
7 23x15px Argentina 8 15 5 5 12 12 10 10 15 92
8 23x15px Wales 13 10 13 5 10 10 10 12 8 91
9 23x15px France 10 19 10 10 3 5 8 5 3 73
10 23x15px Scotland 7 8 8 3 2 5 3 5 7 48
11 23x15px United States 5 7 5 1 5 7 7 2 2 41
12 Template:Country data KEN 1 2 2 8 13 8 2 3 1 40
13 23x15px Canada 0 5 7 10 8 3 0 0 0 33
14 23x15px Spain 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 7 10 19
15 23x15px Portugal 0 5 1 0 0 1 5 1 5 18
16 23x15px Tonga 5 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 17
17 Template:Country data JPN 2 0 0 1 5 1 1 0 0 10
17 23x15px Russia 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 1 10
17 23x15px Zimbabwe 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 5 10
20 Template:Country data HKG 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 5
21 23x15px Papua New Guinea 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
22 23x15px Cook Islands 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
23 23x15px Brazil 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
23 23x15px Morocco 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
23 23x15px Niue 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
23 23x15px United Arab Emirates 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
23 23x15px Uruguay 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
28 23x15px China 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 23x15px Guyana 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 23x15px Philippines 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Individual points

Individual points[13]
Pos. Player Points
1 23x15px Junior Tomasi Cama (NZL) 390
2 23x15px Metuisela Talebula (FIJ) 271
3 23x15px Colin Gregor (SCO) 242
4 23x15px Mathew Turner (ENG) 194
5 23x15px Dan Norton (ENG) 191
6 23x15px Branco du Preez (RSA) 175
7 23x15px Tom Iosefo (SAM) 167
8 23x15px Paul Albaladejo (FRA) 159
9 23x15px Tom Mitchell (ENG) 154
10 23x15px Frank Halai (NZL) 150

Individual tries

Individual tries[14]
Pos. Player Tries
1 23x15px Mathew Turner (ENG) 38
2 23x15px Dan Norton (ENG) 37
3 23x15px Junior Tomasi Cama (NZL) 34
4 23x15px Tom Iosefo (SAM) 33
5 23x15px Frank Halai (NZL) 30
6 23x15px James Fleming (SCO) 29
7 23x15px Joeli Lutumailagi (FIJ) 28
8 23x15px Paul Perez (SAM) 27
9 23x15px Richard Smith (WAL) 26
10 23x15px Waisea Nayacalevu (FIJ) 25
10 23x15px Metuisela Talebula (FIJ) 25

Tournaments

Gold Coast

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi-finalists
Cup 23x15px Fiji 26 – 12 23x15px New Zealand 23x15px Australia
23x15px South Africa
Plate 23x15px Wales 26 – 15 23x15px Samoa 23x15px England
23x15px France
Bowl 23x15px Argentina 17 – 14 23x15px Scotland 23x15px Tonga
23x15px United States
Shield 23x15px Papua New Guinea 31 – 19 Template:Country data JPN Template:Country data KEN
23x15px Niue

Dubai

Main article: 2011 Dubai Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi-finalists
Cup 23x15px England 29 – 12 23x15px France 23x15px Argentina
23x15px Fiji
Plate 23x15px Australia 17 – 14 23x15px South Africa 23x15px New Zealand
23x15px Wales
Bowl 23x15px Scotland 26 – 0 23x15px United States 23x15px Canada
23x15px Portugal
Shield 23x15px Samoa 31 – 17 Template:Country data KEN 23x15px United Arab Emirates
23x15px Zimbabwe

South Africa

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi-finalists
Cup 23x15px New Zealand 31 – 26 23x15px South Africa 23x15px England
23x15px Samoa
Plate 23x15px Wales 48 – 0 23x15px Fiji 23x15px Australia
23x15px France
Bowl 23x15px Scotland 22 – 19 23x15px Canada 23x15px Argentina
23x15px United States
Shield 23x15px Zimbabwe 19 – 12 Template:Country data KEN 23x15px Morocco
23x15px Portugal

Wellington

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi-finalists
Cup 23x15px New Zealand 24 – 7 23x15px Fiji 23x15px England
23x15px Samoa
Plate 23x15px South Africa 24 – 0 23x15px Tonga 23x15px Canada
23x15px France
Bowl Template:Country data KEN 12 – 7 23x15px Australia 23x15px Argentina
23x15px Wales
Shield 23x15px Scotland 19 – 17 23x15px Cook Islands Template:Country data JPN
23x15px United States

USA

Main article: 2012 USA Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi-finalists
Cup 23x15px Samoa 26 – 19 23x15px New Zealand 23x15px Fiji
23x15px South Africa
Plate Template:Country data KEN 21 – 7 23x15px Argentina 23x15px England
23x15px Wales
Bowl 23x15px Canada 19 – 17 23x15px Australia Template:Country data JPN
23x15px United States
Shield 23x15px France 22 – 7 23x15px Scotland 23x15px Brazil
23x15px Uruguay

Hong Kong

Main article: 2012 Hong Kong Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi-finalists
Cup 23x15px Fiji 35 – 28 23x15px New Zealand 23x15px England
23x15px South Africa
Plate 23x15px Samoa 12 – 10 23x15px Argentina 23x15px Australia
23x15px Wales
Bowl Template:Country data KEN 14 – 12 23x15px United States 23x15px France
23x15px Scotland
Shield 23x15px Canada 22 – 5 23x15px Spain Template:Country data JPN
23x15px Portugal

Japan

Main article: 2012 Japan Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi-finalists
Cup 23x15px Australia 28 – 26 23x15px Samoa 23x15px England
23x15px New Zealand
Plate 23x15px Fiji 14 – 10 23x15px South Africa 23x15px Argentina
23x15px Wales
Bowl 23x15px France 17 – 12 23x15px United States Template:Country data HKG
23x15px Portugal
Shield 23x15px Scotland 26 – 12 Template:Country data KEN Template:Country data JPN
23x15px Russia

Scotland

Main article: 2012 Scotland Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi-finalists
Cup 23x15px New Zealand 29 – 14 23x15px England 23x15px Australia
23x15px Fiji
Plate 23x15px Samoa 31 – 12 23x15px Wales 23x15px Argentina
23x15px South Africa
Bowl 23x15px Russia 33 – 19 23x15px Spain 23x15px France
23x15px Scotland
Shield Template:Country data KEN 22 – 14 23x15px United States 23x15px Portugal
23x15px Zimbabwe

London

Main article: 2012 London Sevens
Event Winners Score Finalists Semi-finalists
Cup 23x15px Fiji 38 – 15 23x15px Samoa 23x15px Argentina
23x15px New Zealand
Plate 23x15px Australia 14 – 12 23x15px England 23x15px South Africa
23x15px Spain
Bowl 23x15px Wales 27 – 5 23x15px Scotland 23x15px Portugal
23x15px Zimbabwe
Shield 23x15px France 19 – 12 23x15px United States Template:Country data KEN
23x15px Russia

References

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