The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series consists of 10 stellar tournaments held around the world, in which national sevens teams compete for series points at each round.
An overall champion is crowned at the end of the season based on points accumulated throughout the 10 events, from the opening round in Dubai in December to the final round in London in May.
The 2016-17 series comes after the sport's hugely successful debut at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in August and will act as a qualifier for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 with the top four teams outside the nine already qualified teams will book their passage to San Francisco. Click here for more details.
There are 15 'core' teams who participate at each round of the series. Since the 2012-13 season promotion and relegation from this ever-present status came into effect, and last season Japan were promoted and Portugal relegated.
HSBC Sevens World Series 2016-17
|Round 1||Dubai||2-3 Dec 2016|
|Round 2||Cape Town||10-11 Dec 2016|
|Round 3||Wellington, NZ||28-29 Jan 2017|
|Round 4||Sydney||4-5 Feb 2017|
|Round 5||Las Vegas||3-5 Mar 2017|
|Round 6||Vancouver||11-12 Mar 2017|
|Round 7||Hong Kong||7-9 April 2017|
|Round 8||Singapore||15-16 April 2017|
|Round 9||Paris||13-14 May 2017|
|Round 10||London||20-21 May 2017|
World Rugby Sevens World Series roll of honour
In the 17 years of the series, New Zealand have had a firm grip on the trophy, only failing to win it on five occasions, with Fiji winning their third title in 2016.
1999-00 - New Zealand
2000-01 - New Zealand
2001-02 - New Zealand
2002-03 - New Zealand
2003-04 - New Zealand
2004-05 - New Zealand
2005-06 - Fiji
2006-07 - New Zealand
2007-08 - New Zealand
2008-09 - South Africa
2009-10 - Samoa
2010-11 - New Zealand
2011-12 - New Zealand
2012-13 - New Zealand
2013-14 - New Zealand
2014-15 - Fiji
2015-16 - Fiji