Promotion to core team status for the 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series was won by Japan in Hong Kong, where 12 regional qualifiers will once again battle in 2017 for the one promotion place on offer in a separate competition.

The 12-team qualifier takes place from 7-9 April and involves Chile, Germany, Guyana, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Namibia, Papua New Guinea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tonga, Uganda and Uruguay.

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Relegation from core team status will be decided at the end of the season, with the bottom-ranked of the 15 current core teams* after round 10 in London losing their ever-present status.

* HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2016-17 core teams:

Argentina
Australia
Canada
England
Fiji
France
Japan
Kenya
New Zealand
Russia
Samoa
Scotland
South Africa
USA
Wales