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The 2007–08 IRB Sevens World Series was the ninth of an annual series of rugby union sevens tournaments for full national sides run by the International Rugby Board since 1999–2000. The defending series champions, New Zealand, completely dominated this season's competition, winning the first five events, setting new records for consecutive tournament wins and consecutive match wins, and clinching the 2007–08 series with one tournament remaining after winning the Plate Final of the London leg. They ended with six wins out of the eight events.

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. Sevens is traditionally played in a two-day tournament format; however, the most famous event, the Hong Kong Sevens, is played over three days.

The series' tournaments, which were identical to those in 2006–2007, span the globe:

|- bgcolor="#efefef"
! colspan=4 style="border-right:0px;"; | 2007-08 Itinerary
|- bgcolor="#efefef"
! width=8%|Leg
! width=10%|Venue
! width=8%|Date
! width=5%|Winner
|-
|| Dubai || Dubai Exiles Rugby Groundmarker || November 30December 1, 2007 ||
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|| South Africa || Outeniqua Parkmarker, Georgemarker || December 78, 2007 ||
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|| New Zealand || Westpac Stadiummarker, Wellingtonmarker || February 12, 2008 ||
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|| United States || PETCO Parkmarker, San Diego, Californiamarker || February 910, 2008 ||
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|| Hong Kong || Hong Kong Stadiummarker || March 2830, 2008 ||
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|| Australia || Adelaide Ovalmarker, Adelaidemarker || April 56, 2008||
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|| London || Twickenhammarker || May 2425, 2008 ||
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|| Scotland || Murrayfieldmarker, Edinburghmarker || May 31June 1, 2008 ||
|}


Tournament structure

In all tournaments except Hong Kong, 16 teams participate. Because of its place as the sports most prestigious annual event, the Hong Kong tournament as 24 teams. 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 16 team tournament, 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 (2nd place): 16 points
  • Losing Cup semifinalists (3rd & 4th place): 12 points
  • Plate winner (5th place): 8 points
  • Plate runner-up (6th place): 6 points
  • Losing Plate semifinalists (7th & 8th place): 4 points
  • Bowl winner (9th place): 2 points


Points are awarded on a different schedule for the Hong Kong Sevens:
  • Cup winner (1st place): 30 points
  • Cup runner-up (2nd place): 24 points
  • Losing Cup semifinalists (3rd & 4th place): 18 points
  • Losing Cup quarterfinalists (5th, 6th, 7th & 8th place): 8 points
  • Plate winner (9th place): 4 points
  • Plate runner-up (10th place): 3 points
  • Losing Plate semifinalists (11th & 12th place): 2 points
  • Bowl winner (17th place): 1 point


Statistics

Table

{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
|- bgcolor="#efefef"
! colspan=12 style="border-right:0px;"; | Final 2007-08 Standings
|- bgcolor="#efefef"
! width=5%|Pos.
! Country
! width=8%|Dubai
! width=8%|South Africa
(George) ! width=8%|New Zealand
(Wellington) ! width=8%|USA
(San Diego) ! width=8%|Hong Kong ! width=8%|Australia
(Adelaide) ! width=8%|England
(London) ! width=8%|Scotland
(Edinburgh) ! width=8%|Overall |-
1 20 20 20 20 30 16 8 20 154
|-
2 12 12 8 16 24 20 6 8 106
|-
3 6 4 16 12 18 12 20 12 100
|-
4 16 16 4 8 18 12 16 0 94
|-
5 12 0 2 4 8 0 12 16 54
|-
6 8 12 0 6 3 2 12 0 43
|-
7 4 8 0 12 8 6 0 0 38
|-
8= 2 0 12 0 8 4 2 2 30
|-
8= 0 2 6 2 8 0 0 12 30
|-
10 4 4 4 4 0 0 4 6 26
|-
11 - - 12 - 2 8 - - 22
|-
12 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 4 8
|-
13 0 6 0 0 0 0 - - 6
|-
14= - - 0 - - 4 - - 4
|-
14= - - - - 0 - 4 0 4
|-
16 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
|-
17 - - - - 1 - 0 0 1
|-
18= 0 0 - - 0 - - - 0
|-
18= 0 0 - - 0 - - - 0
|-
18= Arabian Gulf 0 - - - - - - - 0
|-
18= - 0 - - - - - - 0
|-
18= - - 0 - - - - - 0
|-
18= - - - 0 - - - - 0
|-
18= - - - 0 - - - - 0
|-
18= - - - 0 - - - - 0
|-
18= - - - - 0 - - - 0
|-
18= - - - - 0 - - - 0
|-
18= - - - - 0 - - - 0
|-
18= - - - - 0 0 - - 0
|-
18= - - - - 0 - - - 0
|-
18= - - - - 0 - - - 0
|-
18= - - - - - - 0 0 0
|-
18= - - - - - - 0 0 0


Individual points

|- bgcolor="#efefef"
! colspan=4 style="border-right:0px;"; | Individual points 
Updated:2008-04-04 |- bgcolor="#efefef" ! width=5%|Pos. ! Player ! Country ! Points |-
1 Tomasi Cama 188
|-
2 Fabian Juries 150
|-
3 Neumi Nanuku 146
|-
4 Renfred Dazel 137
|-
5 Lote Raikabula 134
|-
6 Steven Yates 130
|-
7= Mikaele Pesamino 127
|-
7= Emosi Vucago 127
|-
9 Philip Mack 126
|-
10 Ben Gollings 124


Individual tries

|- bgcolor="#efefef"
! colspan=4 style="border-right:0px;"; | Individual tries 
Updated:2008-04-04 |- bgcolor="#efefef" ! width=5%|Pos. ! Player ! Country ! Tries |-
1 Fabian Juries 30
|-
2 Steven Yates 26
|-
3 Mikaele Pesamino 25
|-
4= Alafoti Fa'osiliva 23
|-
4= Victor Vito 23
|-
6 Zar Lawrence 20
|-
7= Emosi Vucago 19
|-
7= Chris Wyles 19
|-
9= Tomasi Cama 18
|-
9= Lote Raikabula 18


Tournaments

Dubai

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 31-21

Plate 15-14

Bowl 31 - 0

Shield 22 - 19



South Africa

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 34 - 7

Plate 15 - 14

Bowl 21 - 19

Shield 31 - 14



New Zealand

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 22 - 7

Plate 19 - 12

Bowl 12 - 7

Shield 22 - 17



USA

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 27 - 12

Plate 26 - 21

Bowl 21 - 19

Shield 24 - 12



Hong Kong

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists Quarter Finalists
Cup 26 - 21







Plate 17 - 14







Bowl 19 - 14









Australia

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 15 - 7

Plate 14 - 12

Bowl 26 - 21

Shield 12 - 7



London

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 19 - 14

Plate 19 - 12

Bowl 19 - 12

Shield 10 - 7



Scotland

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 24 - 14

Plate 14 - 5

Bowl 24 - 14

Shield 10 - 5



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