The International Rugby Board has confirmed the
dates for the eight events which comprise the 2009/10 IRB Sevens
World Series, starting once again with the two events in Dubai and
George, South Africa, in December 2009.
Airline Dubai Sevens will kick off the 11th year of the Sevens
World Series on 4-5 December at 'The Sevens', Dubai's
purpose-built sporting venue which staged last year's event and
the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens for both men and women in March.
A week later, the Emirates Airline South Africa Sevens follows
on 11-12 December in George on the country's famous Garden Route.
The IRB Sevens World Series will visit five continents over a
six month period and feature eight established Grand Prix style
events, hosted by the same eight countries as the last three World
There is, however, one change to the schedule as Australia
will host the Adelaide Sevens just a week before Hong Kong in March 2010. The
extremely popular Hong Kong Rugby Sevens
will take place 26, 27 and 28 March 2010 (see:
Pictures of the Hong Kong Sevens).
"The 10th year of the Sevens World Series was a huge
celebration of Rugby filled with exciting, explosive action,
fiercely contested matches, world class athletes, packed stadia
and hundreds of spectacular tries," said IRB Sevens Manager, Beth
"As we embark on the second decade of the Sevens
World Series, I am sure 2009/10 will be another massive year for
the Game, and we look forward to seeing newly crowned champions,
South Africa, defend their title for the first time in Dubai."
IRB Chairman, Bernard Lapasset added, "These are very exciting
times for Rugby Sevens with the sport represented at the World
Games in Kaohsiung this month, and the Commonwealth Games Sevens
finishing the Sevens calendar in 2010. By the time the World
Series kicks off in December, we will also know if Rugby Sevens is
to be played at the 2016 Olympic Games."
2009/10 IRB Sevens World Series
Dubai, UAE - 4-5
George, South Africa - 11-12 December 2009
Wellington, New Zealand - 5-6 February 2010
Australia - 20-21 March 2010
Hong Kong - 26, 27, 28 March 2010
London, England - 22-23 May 2010
Edinburgh, Scotland -
29-30 May 2010
The 2010 Commonwealth Games Sevens
competition will be held in Delhi, India on 5-6 October 2010.
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