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Dates set for 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series

World Rugby has announced the dates for the 10 global destinations that will comprise the 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, the first season following rugby sevens’ Olympic Games debut. The 2016-17 series retains the same schedule as this season, kicking off in Dubai on 2-3 December, visiting 10 cities across five continents before concluding […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

May 26, 2016 8:05 pm

World Rugby has announced the dates for the 10 global destinations that will comprise the 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, the first season following rugby sevens’ Olympic Games debut.

The Vodafone 7s team celebrate their win at the London 7s. (World Rugby)
The Vodafone 7s team celebrate their win at the London 7s. (World Rugby)

The 2016-17 series retains the same schedule as this season, kicking off in Dubai on 2-3 December, visiting 10 cities across five continents before concluding in London on 20-21 May.

The 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series schedule is as follows:

  • Dubai – 2-3 December
  • Cape Town – 10-11 December
  • Wellington – 28-29 January
  • Sydney – 4-5 February
  • Las Vegas – 3-5 March
  • Vancouver – 11-12 March
  • Hong Kong – 7-9 April
  • Singapore – 15-16 April
  • Paris – 13-14 May
  • London – 20-21 May

World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset said as we look ahead to a game-changing Olympic Games in 72 days, we can reflect on what will be remembered as the biggest and best HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series to date.

LAPASSET: “The compelling and highly-competitive action has captured the imagination of fans around the world in record numbers in stadia, on broadcast and in conversation. I would like to thank all the teams and fans from around the world for playing their full role as we build towards the first series following rugby sevens’ Olympic Games debut.”

Incoming World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said rugby sevens is going from strength to strength and is set to be a hit at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games where inclusion on sport’s biggest stage will project our sport and its sevens stars to new audiences.

BEAUMONT: “At the heart of the success story is the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. It’s record-breaking blend of compelling, competitive action, global iconic destinations and festival atmosphere continues to prove a hit with fans, broadcasters, host cities and broadcasters alike.

“We welcomed five new locations to the series in 2015-16 and each were tremendous additions and we now look ahead to an exciting 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series that will springboard the sport into a new Olympic Games cycle, reaching and inspiring new audiences worldwide.”

HSBC Global Head of Sponsorship and Events Giles Morgan added in a pivotal year for rugby sevens, HSBC as a long-standing and proud partner of the game, has been working closely with World Rugby to capitalise on the opportunity.

MORGAN: “The Olympic opportunity has already energised the 2015-16 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and sell-out crowds in Dubai, Cape Town, Sydney, Vancouver and Hong Kong are evidence of this. If we can continue to connect rugby sevens to new players, new countries and new audiences, it will be the spark that continues to ignite ground-breaking growth for the game.”

The full schedule for the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series will be announced shortly

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