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World Sevens Series

The IRB Women's Sevens World Series is a series of international tournaments that debuted in the 2012–13 season. The tournaments, run by the IRB feature national women's sevens teams. The series, the women's counterpart to the IRB Sevens World Series, is intended to provide elite-level women's competition between rugby nations and develop the Sevens game in advance of the creation of an Olympic Sevens competition in 2016.  As with the men's Sevens World Series, teams compete for the title by accumulating points based on their finishing position in each tournament. The inaugural 2012–13 series will consist of four tournaments on three continents. The first two events will be hosted by the  UAE and the USA, both of which host events in the men's version. The other two events will be hosted by China and the Netherlands.