The HSBC World Sevens Series kicks off in Dubai in December 2017 and continues for a total of 10 tournaments culminating in the final tournament in London in June 2018. Below we preview each tournament, top teams as well as players and highlight some of the betting favourites and betting odds.
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Hamilton Sevens Preview – (3-4 February 2018)
South Africa, currently on top of the overall standings, have had a good start to the season, being crowned champions in Dubai, finishing third in Cape Town and second in Sydney, Australia. The Blitzbokke are the defending champions in New Zealand, having beaten Fiji 26-5 in last year’s final. The team is will be without captain Philip Snyman and Ruhan Nel who are ruled out with injuries. Kyle Brown will take over as captain and in all likelyhood the Blitzbokke will cruise through the pool stages and be favourites to defend their title.
The South African team arrived in Hamilton on Monday. They face Papua New Guinea, Russia and England in Pool B of the tournament that starts on Saturday at the FMG Waikato Stadium
Fiji have had a poor start to the season by their standards finishing fourth in Dubai and fifth in Cape Town and losing to the USA in the quarter finals in Sydney. The dynamic team have suffered from ill discipline in a few games, receiving yellow cards at vital moments and will need to improve this to claim the victory. Fiji reached the final last year, and last won the New Zealand tournament in 2010.
New Zealand have had a superb start to the 2018 season reaching the final in Dubai and then claiming their first title since April 2016 with a win in Cape Town. They are no stranger to victory in the New Zealand leg of the series, winning the title 5 times over the past 7 years. They last won the Tournament in 2016.
The New Zealand Sevens men’s team will want to impress after Sunday’s quarter-final loss to Australia, 24-12, at the Sydney tournament.
England started this year’s World Series in good form finishing 3rd in Dubai but finished a disappointing seventh in Cape Town. Currently sitting 6th on the overall standings, England last won the New Zealand Tournament in 2013 and made the final in 2015.
Current Betting Odds
Betting odds for winning the Series are:
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The World Sevens Series have been dominated by 3 sides over the years and this year series should be no different.
South Africa: The defending World Sevens Series Champions of 2017 will be looking to keep up their winning ways and take the World Sevens Series title for the 3rd time. The Blitz Bokke had a remarkable season last year were they reached 8 out of 10 finals, winning five of them. The team, coached by Neil Powell, have some superstars across the park and Seablo Senatla finished second overall on the try scoring stats with a total of 32 tries last season. Key to their success will be if senior players, such as Senatla, Smith, Africa and Brown remain injury free and if they can find the rhythm and synergy of last season.
Fiji: Fiji have won the series in 2015 and 2016. Last year under their new coach, Gareth Baber, they had a mixed season winning just one tournament and finishing in 3rd place overall. Never-the-less they will be one of the favourites for this year’s title thanks to their exceptional talent and skills.
New Zealand: The most successful team of all time on the HSBC World Sevens Series is New Zealand, having won an impressive 12 titles over the past 17 years. New Zealand last won the title in the 2013-2014 season and finished in a disappointing 4th place last season. They reached 3 finals last year but did not manage to win a single tournament. If they can get off to a good start this year they will be one of the favourites to take home the title.
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2017-18 Dates:
- Dubai: 1-2 December, 2017
- Cape Town: 9-10 December
- Sydney: 26-28 January, 2018
- Hamilton: 3-4 February
- Las Vegas: 2-4 March
- Vancouver: 10-11 March
- Hong Kong: 6-8 April
- Singapore: 28-29 April
- Paris: 26-27 May
- London: 2-3 Jun
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Sydney Sevens Preview – (26–28 January 2018)
After being crowned champions in Dubai South Africa fell a bit short in Cape Town finishing in 3rd place. Historically the Blitzbokke have won the Australian leg of the series on 3 occasions and are the defending Champions from last year’s tournament. Currently they sit in second place on the overall standings. A real threat for claiming the title again.
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Fiji have had a poor start to the season by their standards finishing fourth in Dubai and fifth in Cape Town. The dynamic team have suffered from ill discipline in a few games, receiving yellow cards at vital moments and will need to improve this in order to claim the victory. Australia is a happy hunting ground for Fiji winning the title in 2012, 2013 and 2015.
New Zealand have had a superb start to the 2018 season reaching the final in Dubai and then claiming their first title since April 2016 with a win in Cape Town and this fantastic start has them currently sitting on top of the standings. They are no stranger to victory in the Australian leg of the series reaching 5 of 7 finals since 2011 and winning 3 of them. They last won the Sydney Tournament in 2016.
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England started this year’s World Series in good form finishing 3rd in Dubai but finished a disappointing seventh in Cape Town. Currently sitting 4th on the overall standings, the runners up in last year’s tournament will be hoping to go one better with a maiden title at the Sydney Sevens.
Dubai Sevens Preview – (01-02 December 2017)
South Africa, the defending champions, will be favourites heading into the opening tournament in Dubai. Last year they demolished the competition in Dubai, going unbeaten the whole tournament and comfortably beating Fiji 26-14 in the final. Traditionally South Africa has a good history at this tournament having been crowned champion 5 times.
A total of 7 nations have contested a final in Dubai (New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, South Africa, England, France and Australia). Only France and Australia haven’t lifted the trophy
Fiji, the Olympic champions, are always contenders in Dubai. They lost to South Africa in the final last year and last won the tournament in 2013 and 2015. They will be looking to start this year’s leg of the of the series with a win.
New Zealand had a poor series last year and have not won the Dubai tournament since 2009. Although historically they dominated the tournament in the early years winning 4 in a row from 1999 to 2002 and have been crowned Dubai champions 6 times.
England finished second on the series last year, 28 points behind South Africa. They managed to claim 3rd place at Dubai last year and are no stranger to victory in Dubai, having won the tournament 4 times, their last first place finish was in 2011.
England’s Dan Norton has scored the most tries (33) in Dubai