World Rugby 7s Series News - March 2019

March 13 2019

Women's World 7s Series Increases to 8 Rounds; Three Additional Tournaments to Become Combined Men/Women Cape Town, Hamilton, Hong Kong; USA Men's Venue Still TBA - Is Langford Tournament on Borrowed Time?



Some interesting news from World Rugby on the World Series circuit. First up is the Women’s World Rugby Sevens series increases to eight rounds from its current six in 2019-20. All of the rounds except two, Langford and Glendale, will be dual events with the men.

That raises the question about the future of the Canada 7s at Langford in 2021 and beyond, if there's a move to join the tournaments, can BC Place handle both if an extra day is added?

The current Langford 7s is May 11-12 and in a new revamped stadium that's promising a 6,000 seating capacity. The new professional soccer team Pacific FC kicks of its season home opener on April 28th. This is their artists concept of the new Westhills with a large end stand and VIP and standing room opposite the current stands. In total it's supposed to hold 6,000. Will that be enough to hold on to the Women's tournament or is it destined to join BC Place in 2021? Time will tell.


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Another question from a North American perspective is where will the USA round be held in 2020, apparently Vegas is out and will it also be a combined event in 2021?

from World Rugby with additions from USA Rugby

World Rugby today announced a new look men’s and women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series which include at least six combined men’s and women’s events, as the women’s series increases to eight rounds for the first time in its history over the next four-year cycle.

Dubai, Cape Town, New Zealand, Sydney, Hong Kong and Paris will host combined men’s and women’s sevens events from next season onwards as part of the next four-year world series hosting cycle.

In the women’s series, the USA Women’s Sevens will again be hosted in Glendale, Colorado, with Langford, British Columbia, also remaining as a standalone event next season.

In addition, nine out of 10 host locations for the next four-year cycle of the men’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019-23 have also been confirmed.

As popularity and profile of rugby sevens continues to grow both on and off the field, boosted by Olympic inclusion, World Rugby saw unprecedented global interest, receiving more than 20 expressions of interest from member unions, as part of the highly competitive tender process.

Nine existing men’s world series destinations – Dubai, Cape Town, Hamilton, Sydney, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Singapore, London and Paris – are set to feature again as part of the next four-year cycle, with the host location in the USA to be confirmed at a later stage in the season.

Player welfare and travel blocks continue to be an important component of the tender considerations alongside the delivery of high-performance facilities and overall ability to contribute to the key strategic growth of the series.

The Dubai Sevens, which has featured as a host venue since the inaugural series in 1999-2000 and a combined event since 2012, remains linked with Cape Town, a new combined men’s and women’s event, which has seen phenomenal success as a host venue since relocating from Port Elizabeth at the beginning of the last four-year cycle in 2015.

Hamilton, the newest venue on the men’s series having hosted its inaugural event in 2018, becomes a new combined event for both men’s and women’s teams. Sydney and Vancouver, both newcomers to the men’s series calendar having been appointed in 2015, also retain their host venue status, with Sydney continuing as a combined event.

In Asia, seasoned world series hosts Hong Kong expands to a combined series round and will again be linked with Singapore, which remains a men’s standalone round, who earned host venue rights as part of the competition’s expansion in 2015.

London and Paris are also confirmed as the European hosts for the next four years with Paris set to again host both men’s and women’s series from next season onwards.

World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “This is an exciting time for sevens as the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series is set to break new ground with more combined rounds than ever before on the circuit, as Cape Town, Hamilton and Hong Kong welcome women’s world series teams for the first time from next season.

“We are delighted to see the women’s series expand to eight rounds over the next four-year cycle, a historic move that will provide more high quality competitive international playing opportunities for women’s sevens teams, a core strand of our Accelerating the Global Development of Women in Rugby plan.

“For the men’s series, the selected hosts represent a consistent balance of long-established and newer venues, with the five host unions who joined in 2015 retaining their host status.

“Since the men’s series’ expansion to 10 rounds in 2015, we have seen the competition become increasingly competitive on the pitch from a team perspective while also continuing to grow in popularity among global audiences. We are looking forward to seeing continued growth and evolution of the world series in each territory over the next four years.”

Jonathan Castleman, HSBC Global Head of Brand Partnerships said: “The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series is in an exciting period of explosive growth and remains a constantly changing frontier full of potential. The impressive growth of the women’s game is undoubtedly one of the biggest drivers of this, with new talent emerging and more eyeballs than ever before on the women’s series. With this in mind, today’s announcement is hugely exciting for us and we look forward to continuing our role as an active partner, working alongside World Rugby and the local unions, to help rugby sevens thrive around the world for years to come.”

Rugby sevens continues to grow, engage and attract global audiences. In 2018, the world series saw record-breaking fan engagement figures with an increase of 60 percent across video views when compared with 2017 and attracted more than 749,800 attendees to events globally.

The growth trend continued in broadcast viewing figures with Nielsen research recording a 39 percent increase in live broadcast audiences across both men’s and women’s series, from nine million in 2017 to 12.6 million viewers in 2018.

Next season’s series will be vital as qualified core men’s and women’s teams prepare to compete not only on the world series but also at the Olympic Games which takes place from 27 July-1 August at Tokyo Stadium.

With the newly-expanded women’s series, qualified teams will have more high quality, competitive playing opportunities than ever before as they prepare to participate at Tokyo 2020.

The full men’s and women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019-20 schedule and dates will be confirmed at a later stage in 2019.

Provisional HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series schedule

#Combined men’s and women’s sevens events 2019-20

HSBC USA Women’s Sevens – Glendale, Colorado (women’s standalone event)
Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens #
HSBC Cape Town Sevens #
HSBC New Zealand Sevens #
HSBC Sydney Sevens #
Cathay Pacific HSBC Hong Kong Sevens #
HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens – Langford, British Columbia (women’s standalone round)
HSBC Paris Sevens #

Notes

For the upcoming 2019-20 season the HSBC USA Women’s Sevens (Glendale) and HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens (Langford) will remain as standalone rounds on the women’s series.

The women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series schedule for 2020-21 – 2022-23 will be confirmed at a later stage.

Women’s series will remain at eight rounds for the next four-year cycle 2019-23.

Women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019-20 dates will be confirmed later in 2019.

Provisional HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series schedule – Men’s
# Combined men’s and women’s sevens events 2019-20

Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens #
HSBC Cape Town Sevens #
HSBC New Zealand Sevens #
HSBC Sydney Sevens #
HSBC Canada Sevens - Vancouver
Cathay Pacific HSBC Hong Kong Sevens #
HSBC Singapore Sevens
HSBC London Sevens
HSBC Paris Sevens #

Notes

USA Sevens round location to be announced at a later date.
Men’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019-20 dates will be confirmed later in 2019

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