Record numbers for Sevens
Dublin - IRB chairperson Bernard Lapasset has hailed the global success of another record-breaking HSBC Sevens World Series.
According to the allblacks.com website
, once again the Series as a whole set a new attendance record with just over 547 500 fans supporting the nine events played across five continents, outstripping the previous best of 500 100.
There were four new venues on the 2011/12 Series, all of which proved an instant hit with supporters.
Australia's move to the Gold Coast was well supported at the start of the season; Port Elizabeth's Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium provided a cauldron of atmosphere in South Africa; Scotland's switch from Edinburgh to Glasgow attracted new fans to the game and a return to Tokyo was significant for Japanese rugby as it prepares to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
"This has been a magnificent season of achievement for Rugby Sevens both on and off the pitch," said Lapasset.
"The action has been more competitive than ever before, with five different Cup winners and no fewer than 13 teams reaching the Cup quarter-finals, including the likes of Spain, Canada, Tonga and Kenya.
New Zealand won a 10th World Series crown
at Twickenham, while coach Gordon Tietjens was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame