In the 2023 World 7s Series, New Zealand has maintained their lead on the Standings after making it to six finals.
They won their back-to-back titles for the second time this season by beating Argentina 19-17 in Singapore, and now have a total of 164 points on the log. They have qualified for the Olympics following the win.
Argentina remain in second place with 140 points, while Fiji are in third place with 130 points after nine rounds of the series.
France, who have already qualified for the Olympics as the hosts, have 122 points in fourth place, and Australia are in fifth place with 112 points after nine rounds.
The top four eligible teams in the 2023 Series will qualify for the Olympics. Samoa (111 points), South Africa (106 points), USA (94 points), and Ireland (92 points) are still in the running for Olympic qualification. Great Britain are in 10th place with 84 points.
Uruguay’s second quarterfinal appearance has boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation playoffs as they have climbed to 11th with 49 points.
Spain, on the other hand, have dropped to the relegation playoffs zone, having only gained eight points this weekend.
Kenya 7s remain unmoved at 13th position with seven points gained this weekend, bringing their total to 37 points. They are 12 points below the safeline, which means they need to achieve more than a fifth place finish in Toulouse and hope Uruguay and Spain fail to gain valuable points to keep the hope of avoiding relegation playoffs alive.
Canada has 24 points, while Japan is set to be relegated if they fail to climb out of 16th position.
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 round-robin format with the top two teams then playing a final. The winner will become the 12th core team on 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.