The 2021 World 7s Series concluded over the weekend with South Africa claiming the title after topping the final standings after Edmonton 7s.
Blitzboks had a clean sweep in Canada winning both the Edmonton 7s and Vancouver 7s to end the campaign with 40 points. Neil Powell coached side won all their 12 matches in the tournament to end the campaign with a 100% win record.
Great Britain finished the series at position two after a third-place finish in the Vancouver 7s for 16 points and a second-place finish in Edmonton 7s which earned them 18 points for a total of 34 points.
Kenya 7s finished third with 34 points same as GB after a second-place finish in Vancouver and a third place in the Edmonton 7s. An inferior point differential saw Great Britain pip Shujaa to claim the second spot.
Hosts Canada settled for the fourth position picking 24 points in the Series. USA finished fifth with 22 points after a fifth-place and a sixth place in the two events.
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Ireland had 20 points while the invitational side Germany finished seventh on 16 points beating Hong Kong on point differential.
Spain had 10 points and Jamaica and Chile had five points each. Mexico finished bottom with two points. The organizers altered the men’s rounds and points system for 2021 due to the reduced number of teams.
Fiji, New Zealand, Argentina, Australia and France skipped the tournament due to COVID-19 caused complications.
Given the unique circumstances of the pandemic, there will be no relegation from the 2021 Series and the results will not contribute towards seedings for any other future events.
The complete HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2022 schedule will be announced later this month. Rugby sevens players and fans can look forward to a very busy and exciting year in 2022 with the Series followed by the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, on 29-31 July and Rugby World Cup Sevens in Cape Town, South Africa, on 9-11 September.