Sevens Grand Prix Series

Sevens Grand Prix Series

Sevens Grand Prix Series
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2015 Rugby Europe Men's Sevens Championships
Sport Rugby union
Founded 2011
No. of teams 12
Country European
Most recent champion(s) France
Most titles Portugal (8 titles)

The Sevens Grand Prix Series is a European competition of IRB Sevens World Series. The first edition of this competition was held in 2011 with a victory of Portugal.

Format

The twelve teams are playing several tournaments. After the pool phase (2 pools of 6 teams), the teams are distributed in the Cup competition (two first of each pool), the Plate (3rd and 4th) or the Bowl (last two). Points are allocated following the ranking in each tournament. At the end of the series, the Champion is declared. The tournament last two day and each game have to period of 7 minutes except the final of the Cup which is 2x10 minutes.

History

2002-2010

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.

2011-

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 is now known as Sevens Grand Prix Series

Honours

Year Champion Runner Up Third Fourth
2002 Portugal Georgia Germany France
2003 Portugal France Georgia Germany
2004 Portugal Italy  Ireland Scotland
2005 Portugal Russia Italy France
2006 Portugal Russia Italy France
2007 Russia France Moldova Spain
2008 Portugal Wales Georgia  Ireland
2009 Russia France Italy Spain
2010 Portugal France Russia Spain
2011 Portugal England Spain Russia
2012 England Portugal Wales Spain
2013 England France Russia Italy
2014 France Scotland England Russia
2015 France Spain England Russia

Lower division

A division

Year Champion Runner Up Third Fourth
2014  Lithuania  Poland  Cyprus  Sweden
2015  Poland  Ukraine  Latvia  Moldova

B division

Year Champion Runner Up Third
2014 (North)  Czech Republic  Norway  Luxembourg
2014 (South)  Hungary  Bulgaria   Switzerland
2015  Ireland  Serbia  Slovenia

C division

Year Champion Runner Up Third
2015  Ireland  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Serbia

Partners

Société Générale, Eurosport 2 (Official broadcaster), Berugbe

External links

  • Grand Prix Series on FIRA-AER's official website