World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series 2020: Uruguay
The second and final round of the men’s World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series 2020 kicks off in Uruguay this weekend over two days from 22-23 February.
The men’s series features 13 core teams from the six World Rugby regions with three invitational teams from the Americas. In December we broke down the known information for this new rugby series.
Two countries from representing Asia are Japan and Hong Kong.
Results Sevens Challenger Series 2020: Chile
The first round was played last weekend in Chile. Germany won the title after a 10-0 victory against Hong Kong in the final. Germany had beaten the other Asian contender, Japan, 12-5 in their semi-final, while Hong Kong beat hosts Chile, 17-14.
Soteras Merz, a regular member of the German 7s team since 2012 told World Rugby “The win in Chile made us very happy, but we have to ensure that we start again and take it step by step, game by game. If we play to our strengths, we will be successful. This Series is very good because it allows us to play back-to-back tournaments and it is important for us, as a team, to be able to perform over two weekends at the highest level.”
HK 7s coach Paul John told the HKRU website “Overall, we are pleased with our progress. We finished second and reached the final, which is one of our goals at every tournament, but we suffered a second loss in a final, which is frustrating. It was not a great final. I thought it was very flat and we didn’t play our best. We started very poorly and fell off some tackles which helped them at key moments.”
Germany took a maximum 22 Series points from Montevideo, while Hong Kong are on 19 points as the runners-up. Japan took 17 points. Both HK and Japan are still well placed to finish in the top 8 and proceed to the qualifiers at the Hong Kong Sevens.
Pools: Uruguay World Challenger 7s Series 2020
- Papua New Guinea
- Hong Kong
More information can be seen on the World Rugby Challenger Series website. The games should be live-streamed.
Challenger Sevens Series standings
- Germany 22
- Hong Kong 19
- Japan 17
- Chile 15
- Tonga 13
- Zimbabwe 12
- Uganda 11
- Papua New Guinea 10
- Uruguay 8
- Jamaica 7
- Italy 6
- Portugal 5
- Colombia 4
- Paraguay 3
- Brazil 2
- Mexico 1
- Venue: Montevideo, Uruguay
- Date: 22-23 February 2020
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2021 Qualification
The top eight teams from the two tournaments will move on to the final playoff tournament at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens event which has been postponed until October 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series 2020
The Women’s Challenger Sevens Series will be played over one round only, and takes place in South Africa at the end of March 2020. There will be 12 teams involved including Japan, China and Kazakhstan from Asia.
Other 7s rugby news
- Korean men claim Olympic 7s spot.
- Read about the full HSBC World Rugby Sevens 2020 schedule.
- The SCC 7s 2020 dates are confirmed.
- HSBC LA Sevens 2020 pools locked in.
- The 2022 Sevens World Cup will be played in South Africa.