More changes made on World 7s Series schedule

Following rugby sevens’ captivating second appearance at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, the sport returns to HSBC World Rugby Sevenaction this month with a pair of HSBC Canada Sevens men’s events alongside women’s fast four tournaments in Vancouver on 18-19 September and Edmonton on 25-26 September 2021.

The events in Canada will form the 2021 Series, with the Series title awarded in Edmonton, as an update to the planned schedule sees Dubai now host a pair of men’s and women’s combined events as the kick off for the following year’s 2022 Series. The Emirates Dubai 7s will host a behind closed doors round on 26-27 November 2021, followed by a second round on 3-4 December 2021 with fans in attendance at the popular event in The Sevens Stadium.

Unfortunately and despite the best efforts of all stakeholders involved, due to the ongoing and variable impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic the HSBC Singapore Sevens and HSBC Cape Town Sevens planned for 29-30 October and 10-12 December respectively will not go ahead as planned in 2021.

World Rugby and the host organisations have taken these disappointing but necessary decisions with the health and welfare of players, fans and the wider public as top priority and look forward to international rugby sevens returning to both destinations in 2022.

Following constructive discussions it has also been agreed that Sydney, Australia and Hamilton, New Zealand will not be part of the schedule in 2022 due to the ongoing travel and logistical challenges associated with the Covid-19 pandemic in this region. Advanced discussions are ongoing towards replacement hosts for the these events in the 2022 Series.

The complete HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2022 schedule will be announced later this month. Rugby sevens players and fans can look forward to a very busy and exciting year in 2022 with the Series followed by the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on 29-31 July and concluding with the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Cape Town on 9-11 September.

While a number of core Series teams are unable to participate in Canada this month due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, this presents an opportunity for other teams to shine and some invitational teams to gain experience at the top table of rugby sevens.

Both Vancouver and Edmonton will also host world-class women’s fast four competitions, including new Olympic silver medallists France, alongside Great Britain, the USA and hosts Canada as World Rugby continues its strategic commitment to increase elite competition opportunities for women’s rugby.

Given the unique circumstances of the pandemic, there will be no relegation from the 2021 Series and the results will not contribute towards seedings for any other future events.

World Rugby Chief Executive Alan Gilpin said: “The Olympic Games in Tokyo once again showcased the very best of rugby sevens to a huge global audience as the sport’s fast-paced, action-packed style thrilled fans watching around the globe.

“We now look ahead to the return of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series with the upcoming events in Canada and what promises to be a very busy and exciting year for the sport in 2022 with the Series, which will kick off in Dubai, followed by the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and climaxing with Rugby World Cup Sevens in Cape Town.

“The truly global nature of the Series has made it difficult to plan with certainty in this uniquely challenging time as the ongoing and dynamic impacts and travel restrictions associated with the Covid-19 pandemic continue to present a challenge to all stakeholders. As ever, the health and welfare of players, fans and wider society continues to be our primary concern.

“Together with the host organisers we are disappointed not to be able to deliver the planned Series events in Singapore and Cape Town this year, however we look forward to bringing the joy and spirit of rugby sevens back to both cities in 2022, meanwhile the events in Canada this month offer a unique opportunity for the teams participating to compete in a winner takes all pair of events in the 2021 Series.

“We are thankful for the strong spirit of collaboration from HSBC and all our partners, who have been unwavering in their support and ensuring that rugby sevens has a bright future. World Rugby is making good progress working with a range of stakeholders to help define the longer term direction for the Series and we are confident this will provide a platform for the continued global growth of the game to build on what we know will be an very exciting year in 2022.”

Story courtesy/World Rugby

2021 World Sevens Series Calendar

  • Vancouver 7s: 18th/19th September
  • Edmonton 7s: 25th/26th September

2022 World 7s Series calendar

  • Dubai 7s 26-27 November 2021
  • Dubai 7s: 3rd/4th December 2021

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