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The 2008–09 IRB Sevens World Series was the tenth of an annual series of rugby union sevens tournaments for full national sides run by the International Rugby Board since 1999–2000. South Africa clinched the 2008-09 World Series on Day 1 of the Edinburgh Sevens, its first Series title. The defending series champions were New Zealand, who won the 2007–08 series by winning the season's first 5 tournaments. New Zealand won the 2007–08 series with one tournament remaining after winning the Plate Final of the London leg.[1]

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, largely because it involves 24 teams instead of the normal 16. Starting in 2008–09, the Australia leg (which involves the normal 16 teams) was spread out over a three-day period.

The series' tournaments are identical to 2007–2008 and span the globe:
|- bgcolor="#efefef"
! colspan=4 style="border-right:0px;"; | 2008-09 Itinerary
|- bgcolor="#efefef"
! width=8%|Leg
! width=10%|Venue
! width=8%|Date
! width=5%|Winner
|-
|| Dubai || The Sevensmarker || November 28–29, 2008 ||align=left|
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|| South Africa || Outeniqua Parkmarker, Georgemarker || December 5–6, 2008 ||align=left|
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|| New Zealand || Westpac Stadiummarker, Wellingtonmarker || February 6–7, 2009 ||align=left|
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|| United States || PETCO Parkmarker, San Diego, Californiamarker || February 14–15, 2009 ||align=left|
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|| Hong Kong || Hong Kong Stadiummarker || March 27–29, 2009 ||align=left|
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|| Australia || Adelaide Ovalmarker, Adelaidemarker || April 3–5, 2009||
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|| London || Twickenhammarker || May 23–24, 2009 ||
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|| Scotland || Murrayfieldmarker, Edinburghmarker || May 30–31, 2009 ||
|}


The 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevensis not a part of the 2008-09 series. Unlike the 2005 editionheld in Hong Kong, the 2009 edition did not replace one of the 2008-09 series events. The World Cup was held in Dubai from March 5-7 2009 and won by Wales.

Core teams

Prior to the season, the IRB announced the 12 "core teams" that would receive guaranteed berths in each event in the 2008–09 series:

The one new core team was the USA, which replaced its neighbor Canada.

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


Tournament structure

In all tournaments except Hong Kong, 16 teams participate. Due to 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.

Statistics

Table

{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
|- bgcolor="#efefef"
! colspan=12 style="border-right:0px;"; | 2008-09 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 8 12 24 20 12 16 132
|-
2 12 12 4 4 30 12 8 20 102
|-
3 16 8 20 16 8 8 20 2 98
|-
4 12 16 16 8 8 4 16 8 88
|-
5 4 12 12 20 8 12 0 0 68
|-
6 6 0 12 6 18 16 2 4 64
|-
7 8 4 0 4 18 2 0 4 40
|-
8 4 0 0 2 8 6 4 6 30
|-
9= 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 12 24
|-
9= 0 0 6 0 2 4 0 12 24
|-
11 0 4 4 12 0 0 0 0 20
|-
12 2 6 - - 1 0 6 0 15
|-
13 0 2 0 0 2 0 4 0 8
|-
14 - - 0 - 4 0 - - 4
|-
15 - - 0 0 3 - 0 0 3
|-
16 - - 2 - - 0 - - 2
|-
17= 0 0 - - 0 - - - 0
|-
17= - - - 0 0 0 - - 0
|-
17= Arabian Gulf 0 - - - - - - - 0
|-
17= 0 0 - - - - 0 0 0
17= - - - - - - 0 - 0
|-
17= - - 0 - - - - - 0
|-
17= - - - 0 - - - - 0
|-
17= - 0 - - - - - - 0
|-
17= - - - 0 0 - - - 0
|-
17= - - - - 0 - - - 0
|-
17= - - - - 0 - - - 0
|-
17= - - - - 0 - - - 0
|-
17= - - - - 0 - - - 0
|-
17= - - - - 0 - - - 0
|-
17= - - - - 0 - - - 0
|-
17= - - - - - - - 0 0
|-


Individual points

|- bgcolor="#efefef"
! colspan=4 style="border-right:0px;"; | Individual points 
|- bgcolor="#efefef" ! width=5%|Pos. ! Player ! Country ! Points |-
1 Ben Gollings 260
|-
2 Collins Injera 210
|-
3 Richard Kingi 205
|-
4 Renfred Dazel 191
|-
5 Lolo Lui 187
|-
6 Tomasi Cama 174
|-
7 Pedro Leal 168
|-
8 Lavin Asego 166
|-
9 Paul Albaladejo 165
|-
=10 Ollie Phillips 161
|-
=10 Mzwandile Stick 161


Individual tries

|- bgcolor="#efefef"
! colspan=4 style="border-right:0px;"; | Individual tries 
|- bgcolor="#efefef" ! width=5%|Pos. ! Player ! Country ! Tries |-
1 Collins Injera 42
|-
2= Ryno Benjamin 28
|-
2= Santiago Gomez Cora 28
|-
4 Luke Morahan 27
|-
5 Vereniki Goneva 24
|-
6 Ollie Phillips 23
|-
7= Alafoti Fa'osiliva 22
|-
7= Renfred Dazel 22
|-
7= Robert Ebersohn 22
|-
7= Pio Tuwai 22
|-
7= Vuyo Zangqa 22
|-


Tournaments

Dubai

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 19 - 12

Plate 12 - 7

Bowl 24 - 0

Shield 31 - 7



South Africa

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 12 - 7

Plate 24 - 7

Bowl 21 - 12

Shield 26 - 0



New Zealand

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 19 - 17

Plate 26 - 12

Bowl 24 - 10

Shield 24 - 0



USA

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 19 - 14

Plate 22 - 7

Bowl 40 - 0

Shield 31 - 7



Hong Kong

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists Quarter Finalists
Cup 26 - 24







Plate 14 - 12







Bowl 14 - 12









Australia

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 26 - 7

Plate 24 - 19

Bowl 35 - 14

Shield 24 - 21



London

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 31 - 26

Plate 24 - 10

Bowl 12 - 7

Shield 27 - 7



Scotland

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi Finalists
Cup 20 - 19

Plate 34 - 12

Bowl 26 - 15

Shield 12 - 10



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