Fiji and NZ set to share World 7s Series hosting rights

Annette Crawford
March 15, 2019

The Black Ferns sevens have been given a boost for the 2019-2020 season, with Hamilton added as a host for a women's leg of the next World Sevens Series.

The World Series will include at least six combined men's and women's events from next season - in Dubai, Cape Town, New Zealand, Sydney, Hong Kong and Paris - with the women's series increasing to a record eight rounds.

The HSBC Cape Town Sevens will be one of the dual tournaments alongside Dubai, Hamilton, Sydney, Hong Kong and Paris.

Hamilton has hosted two hugely successful HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series events, in 2018 and 2019, both of which were sell-outs.

The Aussie Women's Sevens side now sit in fourth place on the current World Series ladder with the Kitakyushu 7s coming up next month.

Their schedule is identical to the current line-up of hosts and remains at 10 rounds.

London, Vancouver and Singapore will host the other men's events while there will be one in the US with a location to be confirmed later in the season. World Rugby said that the host location in the United States of America to be confirmed at a later stage in the season.

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"Equality between our female and male players is something that Rugby Australia has strived for since we made the HSBC Sydney 7s a combined tournament and it's fantastic for the global game that there will be more joint tournaments across the Series next season".

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

"We are delighted to see the women's series expand to eight rounds over the next four-year cycle, an historic move that will provide more high-quality competitive global playing opportunities for women's sevens teams".

Rugby Australia Chief Executive Raelene Castle said it is an exciting opportunity for women's rugby sevens.

The Singapore Sevens, which attracted some 140,000 fans to the National Stadium over the last three years, saw a turnout of 55,000 last year.

"There has been no determination on the format of the event in subsequent years and we are continuing work with World Rugby on all options moving forward", Jamie Levchuk, managing director of HSBC Canada Sevens and Rugby Canada Events, said in an email to The Canadian Press. 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 in Tokyo 2020.

"Everyone has seen the contribution of the Fijian rugby community to the success of the tournament in Hamilton both on the field and in the stands".

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