2004–05 World Sevens Series

2004–05 World Sevens Series

2004–05 World Sevens Series
Host nations  Dubai
 South Africa
 New Zealand
 United States
 Singapore
 England
 France
Date 2 December 2004 – 11 June 2005
Nations 32
Final positions
Champions  New Zealand
Runners-up  Fiji
Third  England
Series details
2003–04
2005–06

The 2004–05 IRB Sevens World Series, was the sixth of an annual series of rugby union sevens tournaments for full national sides run by the International Rugby Board since 1999–2000. The defending series champions were New Zealand, who won the 2003–04 series.

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, open affairs. Sevens is traditionally played in a two–day tournament format.

Calendar

2004–05 Itinerary[1]
Leg Venue Date Winner
Dubai Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground December 2–3, 2004  England
South Africa George December 10–11, 2004  New Zealand
New Zealand Westpac Stadium, Wellington February 4–5, 2005  New Zealand
United States Home Depot Center, Los Angeles, California February 12–13, 2005  New Zealand
Singapore National Stadium, Singapore April 1–2, 2005  New Zealand
London Twickenham June 4–5, 2005  South Africa
Paris Stade Jean-Bouin June 10–11, 2005  France

The season

In an event, 16 teams are entered. In each tournament, the teams are divided into pools of four teams, who play a round-robin within the pool. Points are awarded in each pool on a different schedule from most rugby tournaments—3 for a win, 2 for a draw, 1 for a loss. The first tiebreaker is the head-to-head result between the tied teams, followed by difference in points scored during the tournament.

Four trophies are awarded in each tournament. In descending order of prestige, they are the Cup, whose winner is the overall tournament champion, Plate, Bowl and Shield. Each trophy is awarded at the end of a knockout tournament.

In an event, the top two teams in each pool advance to the Cup competition. The four quarterfinal losers drop into the bracket for the Plate. The Bowl is contested by the third-place finishers in each pool, while the Shield is contested by the last-place teams from each pool.

Points schedule

The season championship is determined by points earned in each tournament. For most events, points are awarded on the following schedule:

  • Cup winner (1st place): 20 points
  • Cup runner-up (2nd place): 16 points
  • Losing Cup semifinalists (3rd & 4th place): 12 points
  • Plate winner (5th place): 8 points
  • Plate runner-up (6th place): 6 points
  • Losing Plate semifinalists (7th & 8th place): 4 points
  • Bowl winner (9th place): 2 points

Table

2004–05 Standings
Pos Country Dubai South Africa
(George)
New Zealand
(Wellington)
USA
(Los Angeles)
Singapore England
(London)
France
(Paris)
Overall
1  New Zealand 12 20 20 20 20 12 12 116
2  Fiji 16 16 12 8 12 8 16 88
3  England 20 12 4 12 16 16 6 86
4  South Africa 12 8 12 4 12 20 8 76
5  Argentina 6 12 16 16 4 12 4 70
6  Samoa 8 6 4 6 8 2 12 46
7  Australia 4 2 8 12 6 6 4 42
8  France 0 0 0 4 2 4 20 30
9  Scotland 4 0 6 0 4 4 2 20
10  Kenya 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 6
11  Tunisia 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 4
12  Canada 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
13  Portugal 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

The events

Dubai

Results

South Africa

Results

New Zealand

Results

USA

Results

Singapore

Results

France

Results

London

Results

References

  1. ^ "IRB Sevens World Series set for another record breaking year". International Rugby Board. 2007-08-01. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 

External links

  • Official tournament site
  • "2004-05 Season Overview". irb.com. Archived from the original on 20 February 2009. Retrieved 12 December 2013.