The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series is one of the most dynamic global sporting events on the market, featuring the dynamism of sevens rugby, paired with a spectacle of entertainment and fan engagement that is second to none.
The Series in 2016-17 will include ten tournaments held around the world, in which 16 national sevens teams compete for World Series points at each round. The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series is culminated with a champion being crowned at the end of the season based on total Series points. Vancouver hosted for the first time in 2016, where New Zealand proved victorious.
Each Series stop has the 16 teams divided into 4 even pools based on previous rankings. Day 1 of each tournament consists of round-robin play between pools. Day 2 will see the bottom two teams of each pool will contest in the Challenge Trophy competition, where the higher seeded teams will progress to the Cup competition and have the chance to win gold, silver, or bronze medals. This format aligns with the format of the Olympics.
The electricity of rugby sevens debuted at the Rio 2016 Olympics and kept the world on the edge of their seats, delivering a roller coaster of a tournament including big plays, unsung heroes, and overwhelming excitement. It concluded with an emphatic victory by the ‘Flying Fijians’, who brought their country its first ever gold medal.
There are 15 ‘core’ teams who participate at each round of the Series. The 2016-17 core includes: Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Russia, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, USA, and Wales.
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