Sevens Grand Prix Series

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Sevens Grand Prix Series
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2017 Rugby Europe Men's Sevens Championships
Sport Rugby sevens
Founded 2011
No. of teams 12
Country European
Most recent
champion(s)
 Russia (4th title)
Most titles  Portugal (8 titles)

The Sevens Grand Prix Series are a series of rugby sevens tournaments held by Rugby Europe, it was formerly known as the FIRA European Sevens, with only one annual tournament prior to 2011, when it was reorganized as a series of tournaments, following the model of the World Rugby Sevens Series, and named the Sevens Grand Prix Series. Rugby Europe also sponsors continental sevens tournaments divided into multiple divisions, incorporating a promotion/relegation system.

Format[edit]

In the Grand Prix, twelve teams play in several tournaments each summer throughout Europe, each tournament spans two days — the first day is a pool phase and the second day is a knockout phase. During the pool phase, the teams are divided into three pools of four teams each, after the pool phase, the top eight teams (two first of each pool, plus two best-performing third place teams) advance to the Cup tournament; the other four teams play for the Challenge Trophy.

At the end of each tournament, teams are awarded points based on their performance, at the end of the series, the team with the most points is declared the champion. The team with the fewest points is relegated from the Grand Prix to the Trophy competition, whereas the champion of the Trophy competition is promoted to next season's Grand Prix.

History[edit]

2002–2010[edit]

A number of qualifying tournaments lead up to a finals tournament, which functions as the European championship and, in 2008, also as the qualifying stage for the Sevens World Cup.

The first European Championship was held in 2002 in Heidelberg, Germany, and was won by Portugal, the team that won every men's championship since except 2007 and 2009, when Russia won; in 2003, the tournament was again held in Heidelberg and, in 2004, Palma de Mallorca, Spain was the host. From 2005 to 2007, Moscow was the host of the tournament.

Hanover held the tournament for the first time in 2008 and did so again in 2009; in 2010, the tournament return to Moscow.

2011–present[edit]

In 2011, the format of the competition changed, the twelve best teams meet on several tournaments, following the model of the IRB Sevens World Series. The name also changed, the European Championship was known as Sevens Grand Prix Series.

The first edition of this competition was held in 2011 with a victory of Portugal.

Honours[edit]

Championship era[edit]

Year Champion Runner Up Third Fourth
2002 Portugal Portugal Georgia (country) Georgia Germany Germany France France
2003 Portugal Portugal France France Georgia (country) Georgia Germany Germany
2004 Portugal Portugal Italy Italy  Ireland Scotland Scotland
2005 Portugal Portugal Russia Russia Italy Italy France France
2006 Portugal Portugal Russia Russia Italy Italy France France
2007 Russia Russia France France Moldova Moldova Spain Spain
2008 Portugal Portugal Wales Wales Georgia (country) Georgia  Ireland
2009 Russia Russia France France Italy Italy Spain Spain
2010 Portugal Portugal France France Russia Russia Spain Spain

Grand Prix Series era[edit]

Year Champion Runner Up Third Fourth
2011 Portugal Portugal England England Spain Spain Russia Russia
2012 England England Portugal Portugal France France Spain Spain
2013 England England France France Russia Russia Italy Italy
2014 France France Scotland Scotland England England Russia Russia
2015 France France Spain Spain England England Russia Russia
2016  Russia  France  Spain  Germany
2017  Russia  Ireland  Spain  Wales

Team records[edit]

Team Champions Runners-up Third Fourth
 Portugal 8 (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011) 1 (2012) - -
 Russia 4 (2007, 2009, 2016, 2017) 2 (2005, 2006) 2 (2010, 2013) 3 (2011, 2014, 2015)
 France 2 (2014, 2015) 6 (2003, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2016) 1 (2012) 3 (2002, 2005, 2006)
 England 2 (2012, 2013) 1 (2011) 2 (2014, 2015) -
 Spain - 1 (2015) 3 (2011, 2016, 2017) 4 (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012)
 Italy - 1 (2004) 3 (2005, 2006, 2009) 1 (2013)
 Georgia - 1 (2002) 2 (2003, 2008) -
 Ireland - 1 (2017) 1 (2004) 1 (2008)
 Scotland - 1 (2014) - 1 (2004)
 Wales - 1 (2008) - 1 (2017)
 Germany - - 1 (2002) 2 (2003,2016)
 Moldova - - 1 (2007) -

Lower division[edit]

Trophy[edit]

Year Champion Runner Up Third Fourth
2013  Belgium  Poland  Netherlands  Sweden
2014  Lithuania  Poland  Cyprus  Sweden
2015  Poland  Ukraine  Latvia  Moldova
2016  Ireland  Ukraine  Sweden  Romania
2017  Sweden  Romania  Luxembourg  Ukraine

Conference 1[edit]

Year Champion Runner Up Third
2013 (North)  Latvia  Norway  Luxembourg
2013 (South)  Monaco  Hungary   Switzerland
2014 (North)  Czech Republic  Norway  Luxembourg
2014 (South)  Hungary  Bulgaria   Switzerland
2015  Ireland  Serbia  Slovenia
2016  Croatia  Luxembourg  Hungary
2017  Hungary  Bulgaria  Slovakia

Conference 2[edit]

Year Champion Runner Up Third
2015  Ireland  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Serbia
2016  Malta  Montenegro  Austria
2017  Austria  Finland  Estonia

Partners[edit]

Société Générale, Eurosport 2 (Official broadcaster), Berugbe

References[edit]

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