Overhaul for Sevens World Series point system

(IRB.COM) Thursday 5 November 2009


 
 Overhaul for Sevens World Series point system
South Africa won the IRB Sevens World Series for the first time in the 2008/09 season

The International Rugby Board has announced changes to the system governing the number of points available to teams at each leg of the IRB Sevens World Series.

The number of Series points on offer at the seven 16-team events (Dubai, South Africa, New Zealand, USA, Australia, England, Scotland) has been raised to offer a better balance in relation to the one 24-team tournament in Hong Kong.

The Cup winners at the 16-team season-opener in Dubai, for example, will now take 24 points towards their Series tally, as opposed to 20, while the Hong Kong Cup winners will still earn 30 points.

The points available to teams in Hong Kong have, however, also been recalcuated to better reward teams outside the Cup competition.

From the 2009/10 season, the second-tier Plate will offer the losers of the Cup quarter finals the chance to earn 16 points towards their World Series tally, rather than a maximum of eight in the past.

To bring consistency across the Series, the Hong Kong tournament will now also feature a Shield Competition in addition to the Bowl, Plate and Cup. This will provide another three games to Hong Kong's exciting finals day schedule.

Series Ranking Points - outlining the changes

16-team tournament




PreviousNew
CupWinner (1)
Runner Up (1)
Semi Final (2)
Quarter Final (4)
20 points
16 points
12 points
24 points
20 points
16 points
PlateWinner (1)
Runner Up (1)
Semi Final (2)
8 points
6 points
4 points
12 points
8 points
6 points
BowlWinner (1)2 points4 points

ShieldWinner0 points0 points


24-team tournament (Hong Kong)



PreviousNew
CupWinner (1)
Runner Up (1)
Semi Final (2)
Quarter Final (4)
30 points
24 points
18 points
8 points
30 points
25 points
20 points
PlateWinner (1)
Runner Up (1)
Semi Final (2)
4 points
3 points
2 points
16 points
10 points
8 points
BowlWinner (1)1 points5 points

ShieldWinner0 points0 points