New Zealand win men's and women's titles as remaining rounds cancelled

Blitzboks coach Neil Powell

Blitzboks coach Neil Powell

The New Zealand Women's 7s team won the Women's 7s Series.

After months of hoping and several plans for trying to reorganise the World Sevens Series, World Rugby finally gave up.

However, the question will now turn to the new season and whether it will be possible to start in early December as is the norm with the Dubai and Cape Town tournaments.

New Zealand's Sevens team have been crowned champions for the 2019/20 World Rugby Sevens Series season.

"These hard decisions have been taken following detailed consultation with our union partners and in line with advice from the various government and public health agencies around the world".

New Zealand were top of the standings on 115 points with the Blitzboks in second place on 104 points.

'There was very good communication from World Rugby with the national coaches since the pandemic started, so we all knew that it was going to be a stretch to complete the season, if at all, and we know their decision was taken with the best interest at heart for all involved.

It was a clean sweep for New Zealand as their women's side were named Sevens Series champions after their series was also called off.

South Africa and Fiji, which dominated the series in recent years, were second and third.

Japan are awarded the inaugural men's Challenger Series title and will join the Sevens Series 2021 as the sixteenth core team.

The national sevens teams are now on leave with many players involved in club rugby before aiming for selection in the Mitre 10 Cup and Farah Palmer Cup competitions. "Rugby sevens is a key driver of global growth for our sport, particularly in emerging nations, and it firmly remains a top priority for our organisation".

He adds 2021 has the potential to be a very exciting year for rugby sevens with the Tokyo Olympic Games on the horizon. "We are united in our commitment and will continue to work hard in a spirit of collaboration as we plan for a return to global rugby sevens as soon as safely possible".

The Black Ferns Sevens claim back-to-back series titles and were in threatening form before the cancellation of the series. "These hard decisions have been taken following detailed consultation with our union partners and in line with advice from the various government and public health agencies around the world, given the global nature of the World Rugby Sevens Series". The health, safety and welfare of the players, fans and everyone working on the events must be the priority. "The players who are in the squad at the moment are world class and all we need is some contact time together".

London and Paris were previously postponed, but World Rugby canceled them after discussions with the host unions.

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