World Series Sevens 2020: NZ dominate team stats, individual metrics vary greatly

New Zealand dominated the team statistics in the 2020 World Series Sevens, but the individual stats are made up of a variety of players from different teams.

New Zealand were officially crowned World Series Sevens men and women’s champions for 2020 on Tuesday. World Rugby said that there was no way to complete the schedule due to the ongoing global pandemic.

With four rounds left on the circuit, New Zealand were sitting pretty on 115 points. Their closest rivals in second place, South Africa, had 104 points.

The very nature of the Sevens format means some fans – especially South Africans – will feel somewhat irked by the decision. New Zealand were in red hot form right out of the blocks in the 2020 season and won the crunch clashes when it mattered, evidenced by the fact that they dominate the team stats for points, tries and conversions scored this season.

Individually, though, it’s a much different picture – in the men’s tournament at least. One of the most exciting parts of the 2020 World Series Sevens was the narrowing of the gap between the usual suspects and the individuals who dazzled with their pizzazz. Some might argue to the detriment of their team in some instances.

Nevertheless, the variety of nationalities in the individual stats ladders bodes well for future seasons… if there ever will be such a thing again.

In fact, the only individual metric where a New Zealand player features in the top five for the 2020 World Series stats is for most tackles.

At a glance: World Series Sevens top stats 2020

More stats and a breakdown including the players’ countries follow below the graphics.

Most tackles – World Series Sevens 2020
Most tries – World Series Sevens 2020

World Series Sevens 2020: Most points

Napolioni Bolaca Fiji159
Jordan Conroy Ireland150
Nathan Hirayama Canada141
Lewis Holland Australia125
Waisea Nacuqu Fiji124

World Series Sevens 2020: Most tries

Jordan Conroy Ireland30
Carlin Isles USA22
Aminiasi Tuimaba Fiji20
Perry Baker USA19
Terry Kennedy Ireland17

World Series Sevens 2020: Most conversions

Lewis Holland Australia50
Billy Dardis Ireland49
Nathan Hirayama Canada43
Santiago Mare Argentina43
Napolioni Bolaca Fiji42

World Series Sevens 2020: Most tackles

Paulin Riva France64
Elisapeta Alofipo Samoa51
Sam Dickson New Zealand50
Phil Burgess England50
Vilimoni Botitu Fiji48
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