World Sevens Rugby Series

The World Rugby Sevens Series, which is known for sponsorship reasons as the HSBC World Sevens Series, is a selection of international games, with national sevens teams taking part, and is run by World Rugby. The series for the second time now has also been used to decide the qualifiers for the 2020 Summer Olympics, with top four sides having direct tickets to the competition. The 2018-19 World Series will mark the 20th event since its establishment in the 1999-2000 season.

The Structure

Each annual series generally begins in late November or early December, with ten tournaments being held across the six populated continents and ten countries. The venues of the tournaments are Canada, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, England, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Singapore, and France.

Point System

Competing teams in the series accumulate points at each tournament, and the team with the highest points at the end of the annual series wins the title. The team with the lowest points at the end of each series is dropped from the world series and is replaced by the team that wins the Hong Kong Sevens. The most dominant team in the series is the New Zealand rugby team who won the first six tournaments, but teams such as South Africa, Fiji, and Samoa have also won a series each.


Seven-a-side rugby is generally a fast-paced game, as opposed to the fifteen-a-side game. The sevens game are played for seven minutes each half on a full-size rugby pitch. Currently, each tournament is played by sixteen teams, with the games being played for two days. The sixteen teams are selected through satellite continental championships, organized by World Rugby, that are played concurrently with the sevens series.

The Hong Kong Sevens

The Hong Kong Sevens is the most famous of all the tournaments in the World Series, and a total of twenty-eight teams take part in the competition, which is spread across three days. The core fifteen teams take part in the series, plus the winner of the HSBC Asia Sevens series, and the remaining twelve slots are filled by teams in the core qualifiers.

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