CAPE TOWN, South Africa, October 12, 2021 / APO Group / –
The 2022 series will consist of 10 men’s events and seven women’s events over six months; the series will begin with a pair of combined male and female events in Dubai; three new hosts such as Malaga and Seville in Spain, and Toulouse in France welcome teams; unique system introduced to mitigate the risk that some teams may not be able to participate in all events and determine playoff standings and decide on relegation in 2022; Rugby sevens continues to grow after the highly successful Tokyo Olympics which generated over 22 million video views and over 100 million social media impressions; An exciting year ahead with the 2022 Series followed by the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham July 29-31 and the Rugby Sevens World Cup in Cape Town from September 9-11.
World Rugby has confirmed the schedule for the highly anticipated HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2022 as the sport seeks to capitalize on a highly successful and impactful Olympic Games in Tokyo.
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The 2022 series will consist of 10 men’s and seven women’s events over six months, and will begin with a pair of combined men’s and women’s events in Dubai. The Emirates Dubai Sevens will host a closed-door round on November 26-27, 2021, followed by a second event on December 3-4 with fans in attendance at The Sevens Stadium.
The series will then return to Europe as Spain hosts the men’s and women’s combined events for the first time in Malaga and Seville on January 21-23 and 28-30, 2022 respectively. The new locations in Spain are temporarily replacing the traditional series hosts Sydney, Australia, and Hamilton, New Zealand, who were unable to accommodate in 2022 due to logistical challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic in their region.
The men’s series continues with North American rounds in Vancouver February 26-27 and Los Angeles March 5-6 before moving to Asia where Hong Kong returns to host a combined men’s and women’s event on April 1-3. , followed by a men’s event in Singapore on April 9-10. A women’s standalone event will take place in Langford, Canada from April 30 to May 1 before the men’s and women’s teams travel to a new series venue in Toulouse, France, May 20-22, where the champions women’s series will be crowned. The men’s series ends with the final round in London on May 28-29.
There are also changes with competing teams. Japan joined the men’s series as the main team after being promoted to HSBC World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series champions in 2020.
Britain will participate in the first two rounds of the series in Dubai, as part of the standing agreement to play the 2021 calendar year, before returning as national unions for the remainder of the 2022 series, with the participation from England, Scotland and Wales. in the male series and in England in the female series.
The 16 men’s base teams after the events in Dubai are Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Samoa , Scotland, South Africa, Spain, United States and Wales.
South Africa will enter the 2022 series as the reigning champions after winning the 2021 title in Edmonton, Canada in September, while New Zealand, which was unable to compete in Canada, won. the 2020 series.
The top 11 women’s teams after the Dubai events are Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Russia, Spain and the States -United. New Zealand’s Black Ferns Sevens will aim to defend their title after being crowned champions in 2020.
Knowing that Great Britain will participate in the first two rounds, a points system will be developed to promote fairness for all competing teams, including those that make up Great Britain. It will also recognize situations where teams might not be able to participate in tours due to COVID-19.
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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 July 29-31 and ending with the Rugby Sevens World Cup in Cape Town from September 9 to 11.
Today’s announcement follows the sport’s highly successful second Olympic participation in Tokyo, where men from Fiji and women from New Zealand took to the podium in front of a large global audience.
Many new fans are expected to follow the 2022 Series after World Rugby Olympics-related social media content had a huge impact with over 22 million video views, 102 million impressions and 3.4 million views. public commitments from 2,400 publications on five World Rugby platforms.
The Olympics were followed by back-to-back HSBC Canada Sevens events in Vancouver and Edmonton in September which saw South Africa claim the 2021 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series title, while Great Britain won the Women’s Fast events. Oven.
Alan Gilpin, Managing Director of World Rugby, said: “After an exceptionally competitive and high impact Olympic Games competition, it is fantastic to announce today a full schedule for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2022.
“Alongside the popular and traditional rugby sevens venues, it will be exciting to take the series to new venues in Spain and France as the game continues to grow and captivate new audiences around the world with its fast, skillful and exciting format. Rugby sevens is a key driver of the global growth of our sport, especially in emerging countries, and it remains firmly a top priority for our organization.
“A lot of hard work has been done behind the scenes to ensure that we can announce a full series schedule today and we thank HSBC, the host organizations, unions, business and broadcast partners for their continued support and support. spirit of collaboration as we face challenges. of the global COVID-19 pandemic together.
“We now look forward to the return of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens series at full speed ahead of what promises to be a very busy and exciting year for rugby sevens with the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and the Rugby World Cup. at 7 in Cape Town after the series.
“As always, the health and well-being of players, fans and society at large continue to be our primary concern and we will work closely with all stakeholders to ensure the safe delivery of the product. series.”
Jonathan Castleman, Head of Brand and Brand Partnerships at HSBC Group, said: “Like everyone involved, we are extremely happy that the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series is back and it truly is a testament to everyone. the hard work that went on behind the scenes. “With new locations in Spain and France, this opens up new opportunities to attract even more players, fans and communities to the rugby sevens spectacle and as a long-term partner of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, we can’t wait to watch the teams compete again at the highest level and if possible with full stadiums. “
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