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31px 2015 London Sevens
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The London Sevens is an annual rugby sevens tournament held at Twickenham Stadium in London. It is part of the Sevens World Series, and since the 2011–12 series has been the last tournament of each season. The current titleholders are the United States, who beat Australia in the final at Twickenham on 17 May 2015.
Uniquely, the 2013 edition was not only the final event in the series, but also incorporated the World Series Core Team Qualifier. In IRB Sevens terminology, "core teams" are those that are guaranteed a place in all series events in a given season. Unlike all other series events, the 2013 London Sevens had only 12 teams competing for series points, namely the top 12 core teams on the season points table following the season's penultimate tournament, the Scotland Sevens. The Core Team Qualifier involved eight teams—the winner of the HSBC Asian Sevens Series; four teams advancing from the World Series Pre-Qualifier, held as part of the Hong Kong Sevens; and the three core teams at the bottom of the season table after the Scotland Sevens. The top three teams at the end of the Core Team Qualifier became core teams for the next season.
The IRB chose to change its core team qualifying process in advance of the 2013–14 series, reducing the number of promotion/relegation places from three to one, and also using only the Hong Kong Sevens for the core team qualifier. Accordingly, the 2014 London Sevens will return to its traditional 16-team format.
- London Sevens Profile on UR7s.com
- London Sevens
- London Sevens Media Centre from the IRB
- Squad Details
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