2008-09 IRB Sevens World Series

2008-09 IRB Sevens World Series

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.

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:

2008-09 Itinerary
Leg Venue Date Winner
Dubai The Sevens November 28–29, 2008 South Africa
South Africa Outeniqua Park, George December 5–6, 2008 South Africa
New Zealand Westpac Stadium, Wellington February 6–7, 2009 England
United States PETCO Park, San Diego, California February 14–15, 2009 Argentina
Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium March 27–29, 2009 Fiji
Australia Adelaide Oval, Adelaide April 3–5, 2009 South Africa
London Twickenham May 23–24, 2009 England
Scotland Murrayfield, Edinburgh May 30–31, 2009 Fiji

The 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens is not a part of the 2008-09 series. Unlike the 2005 edition held 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.

Read more about 2008-09 IRB Sevens World SeriesCore Teams, Points Schedule, Tournament Structure

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