World Rugby has unveiled plans to launch a new international rugby sevens competition
in February 2020.
The World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series will feature 13 core
from the six World Rugby regions who will compete over two rounds
alongside three invitational teams.
The top eight core
teams after the two rounds will then compete in the final playoff
tournament for a spot in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series,
replacing the bottom placed core team in the World Series in the
The two legs
of the inaugural World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series will be
played in South America in Viña del Mar, Chile (15-16 February
2020) and Montevideo, Uruguay (22-23 February 2020).
Thirteen nations have earned their place in the Challenger Series
by finishing as the top ranked nations who are not already
competing in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series at their
respective regional sevens competitions in 2019.
who will compete in the 2020 World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series
are Brazil, Chile, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Jamaica, Japan,
Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Tonga, Uganda, Uruguay and Zimbabwe.
They will be joined by three invitational teams from the Americas
in Colombia, Mexico and Paraguay.
The final playoff
tournament will be hosted alongside the
Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong
Kong Sevens event on 3-5 April 2020.
World Rugby Sevens
Challenger Series participants Brazil, Chile, Hong Kong, Jamaica,
Mexico, Tonga, Uganda and Zimbabwe will all take part in the
Olympic repechage in June 2020 to try and secure their ticket to
the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Mark Egan, World Rugby
Head of Competitions and Performance, said, “This is just the beginning for the Sevens Challenger Series, which will
also see a women’s competition launched in 2020 and will evolve to
feature more rounds across the globe as it grows and develops in
future years. The competition will allow unions outside of
the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series to compete on a more regular
basis with a clear pathway to the highest level. Launching next
year will provide an excellent platform for nations to develop and
improve their competitiveness ahead of Tokyo 2020 and Rugby World
Cup Sevens 2022 in South Africa.
Pictures from 2019 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
Pictures from 2018 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
Pictures from 2017 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
Pictures from 2016 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
Pictures of Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015,
Pictures of the Asia Rugby Sevens Olympic Games Qualifier in Hong
Pictures of Singha Thailand Sevens 2015,
Pictures from the 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour in Hong Kong,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2014,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2013,
of Chartis Cup 2012 and
Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2012.