After three rounds of the 2023 World 7s Series competition, changes have happened at the top of the log.
Samoa, the Cape Town 7s champions, have risen to the top of the standings with 47 points. The Samoans collected 15 points in Hong Kong, 10 points in Dubai, and 22 points in Cape Town.
They are tied on points with South Africa, who finished fourth in their home tournament collecting 15 points. They had the 22 points in Dubai and 10 in Hong Kong.
After making their first appearance in the final this season, New Zealand has risen to third place with 44 points. They are level on points with the United States, which also has 44. Fiji close the top five with 40 points after getting 13 points in Cape Town.
Defending Champions Australia have dropped from second to sixth after failing to shine in South Africa. They have 39 points one above France.
Argentina have 37 point, Ireland have 34 and Great Britain have 20 to close the top 10. Uruguay, Spain and Canada are ranked above Kenya 7s who are ranked 14th.
Shujaa have nine points after picking three points in Cape Town following a 13th place finish.
About the 2023 World 7s Series
The World Rugby Sevens Series 2023 promises to be the most competitive and compelling to date with more at stake than ever before as the top four ranked men’s and women’s teams will earn Olympic qualification for Paris 2024, while in the men’s Series the number of teams for the 2024 Series will reduce from 16 to 12 to equal the number of women’s teams and align with the Olympic competition structure, meaning fans can expect an intense battle to avoid relegation in the 2023 Series with every match and every point counting towards their final Series ranking.
How will relegation be decided from the men’s Series 2023?
The 15th-ranked core team based on accumulated Series points following the tenth round in Toulouse will be relegated. The teams ranked 12th, 13th and 14th at the end of Toulouse will enter a four-team relegation play-off together with the Challenger Series 2023 winners at the eleventh and final round of the Series in London.
The relegation play-off will be a round-robin format with the top two teams then playing a final. The winner will become the 12th core team in the 2024 Series, while the other three teams will enter their respective Regional Sevens Championships in order to qualify for the 2024 World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series. The Challenger Series will continue to provide a pathway for teams to qualify for the World Rugby Sevens Series.