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As the hometown team, Canada always bring fans to their feet! Canada is the two-time defending gold medalist at the Pan-Am Games (2011, 2015), and reached the Commonwealth Games quarterfinals in 1998 and 2006. In 2017, Canada won the countries first Cup title at Singapore Sevens, beating USA in a thrilling victory that made the entire nation proud. They remain in the top 10 on the World Series heading into the 2019 tournament.
Armed with a series best finish of third during the 2003-04 season, Argentina has always been a formidable opponent on the series. They have two Pan-Am Games silver medals after losing to Canada in both finals in 2011 and 2015, and claimed a silver medal at the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens. In 2018, Argentina solidified their spot on the podium three times, winning a silver medal at Cape Town and Las Vegas Sevens and a Bronze in Sydney.
A phenomenal three-year stretch saw Fiji cement themselves as one of the greatest sevens nations of all-time. They won back-to-back HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series titles in 2014-15 and 2015-16, and then capped it all off by pushing through Great Britain to win gold at Rio 2016. Their 2018 series was filled with non-stop entertaining play that left fans on the edge of their seat every tournament. They claimed six podium spots in a row, winning a total of 5 gold medals and 1 bronze. They are the reigning Canada Sevens champions and will surely fight to defend the title in 2019.
Although France has been featured in every edition of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, they have yet to cracked a top six finish in the series standings, with a seventh-place finish being their best effort in both 2003-04 and 2005-06. The lucky number seven continued for this team, as they finished in that place at the 2016 Rio Olympics. They also have two fifth place finishes at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2005 and 2013. France has claimed two Challenge Trophy finals, in Dubai and Sydney, on the 2018 series.
Japan qualified to be a core team for the 2019 series after beating Germany in a thrilling down to the wire final to ultimately claim the coveted 15th spot. They proved themselves to be a severely competitive team in the qualifying stages, but as a newcomer on the tour, Japan will have to dig deep to keep the winning streak alive against veteran squads. As the host nation of the summer 2020 Olympic Games, Japan have a unique chance to show the world what they’ve got before all eyes turn to their country in just two short years.
One of the most entertaining teams on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, Kenya’s best season came in 2012-13 when they finished fifth in the season standings. Kenya finished fourth at the 2013 Rugby World Cup sevens and in 2009 they shared third place with Samoa. They surprised fans at HSBC Canada Sevens 2018 by beating USA in the semi finals to face Fiji in the championship match. They took home a silver medal at both Vancouver and Hong Kong.
The most successful team in HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series history, New Zealand has won a record 12 series titles and have finished in the top four in all 17 seasons in series history. New Zealand also won four straight Commonwealth Games gold medals (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010) and again in 2018. They have won three Rugby World Cup Sevens titles in 2001, 2013 and most recently in 2018. They claimed the cup in at the inaugural Canada Sevens tournament in 2016 and have been a fan favourite ever since their electric performance of a traditional Haka.
A team that always entertains the crowd with their speed and skill, Samoa became the fourth team to win an HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series title when they claimed the 2009-2010 championship. They have a few distint medal wins under their belt, claiming won gold at the 2007 and 2011 Pacific Games and Silver in 2015. Samoa made a name for themselves on multiple occasions during the 2018 series, reaching the Cup Quarter Finals at both Dubai and Hamilton Sevens, earning them a top ten series finish overall.
Scotland matched their best finish on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in 2016-17 when they secured seventh place. Their season featured an historic Cup win at the London Sevens, where they defended their title from 2015-16. Scotland have also competed in five Rugby World Cups, with a best finish of fifth in 2005. They contributed two players to the Great Britain sevens team that won the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Fans will remember this team as the Challenge Trophy winners at Canada Sevens 2018.
One of the most dynamic teams in HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series history, South Africa became the World Series championship for the second time in 2017. Their track record extends much farther back as the Blitzboks notably claimed a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games and a gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. They had a stellar 2018 season winning two golds, 3 silvers and 3 bronze medals to find themselves on the podium on 8 out of the 10 series stops. This momentum guided them to a thrilling first place finish in Paris to claim the World Series title once again.
One of the most improved teams in recent years, the USA posted their best finish – fifth overall – on the 2016-17 series. They won their first Cup title at the 2015 London Sevens, and have added four more podium finishes over the last two years of the series. The USA has also won back-to-back bronze medals at the Pan-Am Games and recently finished ninth at the Rio Olympics. They claimed a historic victory at their own tournament in Las Vegas winning the tournament title in front of their hometown crowd. They played host at the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens this summer in San Francisco, putting on an impressive performance and finishing 6th overall.
Despite a sixth place finish during the 2006-07 season being their highest HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series finish, Wales stunned the rugby world in 2009 when they won the Rugby World Cup Sevens after beating Argentina in the final. Wales has also competed in all six editions of the Commonwealth Games. With superstar players like Luke Morgan leading the way, Wales always comes to the pitch ready for competitive play.