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So what does it all mean?
The Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens will feature 28 teams and two competitions:
In the first, the 15 current core teams and the winner of the HSBC Asian Sevens Series, Hong Kong, will compete for the famous Hong Kong title and World Series points (effectively the Hong Kong Sevens we all know and love).
In the second, 12 regional teams - two from each of the six IRB regions - will compete for four places at the core team qualifying final in London (this is the new feature of the Sevens calendar).
The Marriott London Sevens will feature 20 teams and two competitions:
In the first, the top 12-ranked sides in the HSBC Sevens World Series after round 8, the Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens, will compete for the London title and final World Series points (business as usual).
In the second, the 13th-, 14th- and 15th-ranked core teams after the Glasgow event will compete against the four qualifiers from Hong Kong and Asian champions Hong Kong for the three available core team places on the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series (the new feature).