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Sevens Grand Prix Series

Rugby Europe Sevens
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2019 Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series
SportRugby sevens
Founded2002 (initially)
2011 (reformed)
No. of teams12
CountryEuropean
Most recent
champion(s)
 Germany (1st title)
Most titles Portugal (8 titles)

The Rugby Europe Sevens, whose main division is the Sevens Grand Prix Series, are a series of rugby sevens tournaments held by Rugby Europe. It was formerly known as the FIRA-AER Sevens until 2013, 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

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

2002–2010

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.

Since 2011

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.

Top division

Championship era

Edition Year Events Champions Runners-up Third Fourth
I 2002 1  Portugal  Georgia  Germany  France
II 2003 1  Portugal  France  Georgia  Germany
III 2004 1  Portugal  Italy  Ireland  Scotland
IV 2005 1  Portugal  Russia  Italy  France
V 2006 1  Portugal  Russia  Italy  France
VI 2007 1  Russia  France  Moldova  Spain
VII 2008 1  Portugal  Wales  Georgia  Ireland
VIII 2009 1  Russia  France  Italy  Spain
IX 2010 1  Portugal  France  Russia  Spain

Grand Prix Series era

Edition Year Events Champions Runners-up Third Fourth
X 2011 4  Portugal  England  Spain  Russia
XI 2012 3  England  Portugal  France  Spain
XII 2013 2  England  France  Russia  Portugal
XIII 2014 4  France  Scotland  England  Russia
XIV 2015 3  France  Spain  England  Russia
XV 2016 3  Russia  France  Spain  Germany
XVI 2017 4  Russia  Ireland  Spain  Wales
XVII 2018 4  Ireland  Germany  Russia  England
XVIII 2019 2  Germany  France  Ireland  Spain

Team records

Team Champions Runners-up Third Fourth
 Portugal 8 (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011) 1 (2012) 1 (2013)
 Russia 4 (2007, 2009, 2016, 2017) 2 (2005, 2006) 3 (2010, 2013, 2018) 3 (2011, 2014, 2015)
 France 2 (2014, 2015) 7 (2003, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019) 1 (2012) 3 (2002, 2005, 2006)
 England 2 (2012, 2013) 1 (2011) 2 (2014, 2015) 1 (2018)
 Ireland 1 (2018) 1 (2017) 2 (2004, 2019) 1 (2008)
 Germany 1 (2019) 1 (2018) 1 (2002) 2 (2003, 2016)
 Spain 1 (2015) 3 (2011, 2016, 2017) 5 (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2019)
 Italy 1 (2004) 3 (2005, 2006, 2009)
 Georgia 1 (2002) 2 (2003, 2008)
 Scotland 1 (2014) 1 (2004)
 Wales 1 (2008) 1 (2017)
 Moldova 1 (2007)
Total 18 18 18 18

Updated to 2019

Lower divisions

Division A / Trophy

Year Champions Runners-up Third Fourth
2011  Germany  Belgium  Sweden  Lithuania
2012  Romania  Belgium  Lithuania  Cyprus
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
2018  Romania  Belgium  Lithuania  Denmark
2019  Lithuania  Ukraine  Belgium  Croatia
2020

Division B / Conference 1

Year Champions Runners-up Third
2011  Serbia  Latvia  Hungary
2012  Croatia  Latvia  Norway
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
2018  Czech Republic  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Moldova
2019  Hungary  Turkey  Moldova

Conference 2

Year Champions Runners-up Third
2015  Ireland  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Serbia
2016  Malta  Montenegro  Austria
2017  Austria  Finland  Estonia
2018   Switzerland  Andorra  Liechtenstein

Partners

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