2006–07 IRB Sevens World Series

2006–07 IRB Sevens World Series


2006–07 IRB Sevens World Series was the eighth of an annual series of rugby union sevens tournaments for full national sides run by the International Rugby Board since 1999–2000.

New Zealand won the 2006–07 series by winning the final tournament in Edinburgh. In that event, the then-defending series champions Fiji would have clinched the season crown by defeating Wales in the Cup quarterfinals. However, a Wales upset win opened the door for New Zealand to take the season crown by winning the Cup in Edinburgh, which they proceeded to do.

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; however, the most famous event, the Hong Kong Sevens, is played over three days.

Contents

  • Calendar 1
  • The season 2
  • Points schedule 3
  • Final table 4
  • The events 5
    • Dubai 5.1
    • South Africa 5.2
    • New Zealand 5.3
    • USA 5.4
    • Hong Kong 5.5
    • Australia 5.6
    • London 5.7
    • Scotland 5.8
  • External links 6

Calendar

The Australia and Scotland events are new for 2006-07. The Australia event effectively replaces Singapore, and the Scotland event effectively replaces the Paris Sevens.

Leg Venue Date Winner
Dubai Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground December 1–2, 2006
South Africa George December 8–9, 2006
New Zealand Westpac Stadium, Wellington February 2–3, 2007
United States PETCO Park, San Diego, California February 10–11, 2007
Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium March 30-April 1, 2007
Australia Adelaide Oval, Adelaide April 7–8, 2007
London Twickenham May 26–27, 2007
Scotland Murrayfield, Edinburgh June 2–3, 2007

The season

In a normal event, 16 teams are entered; in Hong Kong, 24 teams enter. 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, except for Hong Kong. In descending order of prestige, they are the Cup, whose winner is the overall tournament champion, Plate, Bowl and Shield. In Hong Kong, the Shield is not awarded. Each trophy is awarded at the end of a knockout tournament.

In a normal 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.

In Hong Kong, the six pool winners, plus the two highest-finishing second-place teams, advance to the Cup. The Plate participants are the eight highest-ranked teams remaining, while the lowest eight drop to the Bowl.

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: 16 points
  • Losing Cup semifinalists: 12 points
  • Plate winner (5th place): 8 points
  • Plate runner-up: 6 points
  • Losing Plate semifinalists: 4 points
  • Bowl winner (9th place): 2 points

Points are awarded on a different schedule for the Hong Kong Sevens:

  • Cup winner: 30 points
  • Cup runner-up: 24 points
  • Losing Cup semifinalists: 18 points
  • Losing Cup quarterfinalists: 8 points
  • Plate winner (9th place): 4 points
  • Plate runner-up: 3 points
  • Losing Plate semifinalists: 2 points
  • Bowl winner (17th place): 1 point

Final table

Pos. Country Overall
1 16 20 12 12 18 12 20 20 130
2 12 12 16 20 24 20 16 8 128
3 8 4 20 16 30 16 12 16 122
4 20 16 12 8 18 6 8 4 92
5 12 12 8 4 8 4 2 2 52
6 0 8 4 2 12 12 38
7 4 2 0 4 8 8 6 0 32
8 6 4 6 12 0 0 0 28
9 0 0 0 6 8 4 4 4 26
10 2 0 2 0 3 4 12 23
11 0 0 4 0 0 12 0 6 22
12 0 2 8 0 10
13 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 8
14 0 6 0 6
15 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
15 0 0 2 2
17 1 0 0 1

The events

Dubai

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 31–12
Plate 26–7
Bowl 26–7
Shield 33–0  Arabian Gulf

South Africa

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 24–19
Plate 26–7
Bowl 41–7
Shield 14–12

New Zealand

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 17–14
Plate 21–12
Bowl 12–5
Shield 26–24

USA

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 38–24
Plate 28–19
Bowl 22–17
Shield 26–5

Hong Kong

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists Quarter Finalists
Cup 27–22



Plate 26–19



Bowl 21–7



Australia

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 21–7
Plate 31–0
Bowl 26–14
Shield 43–17

London

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 29–7
Plate 14–5
Bowl 26–14
Shield 15–0

Scotland

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 34–5
Plate 31–7
Bowl 31–0
Shield 21–12

External links

  • Official tournament site