World Rugby has unveiled a new look menís and
womenís HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series which includes at least six
combined menís and womenís events, as the womenís series increases
to eight rounds for the first time in its history over the next
Dubai, Cape Town, New Zealand, Sydney, Hong Kong
and Paris will host combined menís and womenís sevens events from
next season onwards as part of the next four-year world series
In the womenís series, the USA Womenís Sevens
will again be hosted in Glendale, Colorado, with Langford, British
Columbia, also remaining as a standalone event next season.
In addition, nine out of ten host locations for
the next four-year cycle of the menís HSBC World Rugby Sevens
Series 2019-2023 three have also been confirmed.
As popularity and profile of rugby sevens
continues to grow both on and off the field, boosted by Olympic
inclusion, World Rugby saw unprecedented global interest,
receiving more than 20 expressions of interest from member unions,
as part of the highly competitive tender process.
Nine existing menís world series destinations Ė
Dubai, Cape Town, Hamilton, Sydney, Vancouver, Hong Kong,
Singapore, London and Paris Ė are set to feature again as part of
the next four-year cycle, with the host location in the USA to be
confirmed at a later stage in the season.
Player welfare and travel blocks continue to be
an important component of the tender considerations alongside
delivery of high-performance facilities and overall ability to
contribute to the key strategic growth of the series.
The Dubai Sevens, which has featured as a host
venue since the inaugural series in 1999-2000 and a combined event
since 2012, remains linked with Cape Town, a new combined menís
and womenís event, which has seen phenomenal success as a host
venue since relocating from Port Elizabeth at the beginning of the
last four-year cycle in 2015.
Hamilton, the newest venue on the menís series
having hosted its inaugural event in 2018, becomes a new combined
event for both menís and womenís teams. Sydney and Vancouver, both
newcomers to the menís series calendar having been appointed in
2015, also retain their host venue status, with Sydney continuing
as a combined event.
In Asia, seasoned world series hosts Hong Kong
expands to a combined series round and will again be linked with
Singapore, which remains a menís standalone round, who earned host
venue rights as part of the competitionís expansion in 2015.
London and Paris are also confirmed as the
European hosts for the next four years with Paris set to again
host both menís and womenís series from next season onwards.
World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said,
"This is an exciting time for sevens as the HSBC World Rugby
Sevens Series is set to break new ground with more combined rounds
than ever before on the circuit, as Cape Town, Hamilton and Hong
Kong welcome womenís world series teams for the first time from
next season. We are delighted to see the womenís series expand to
eight rounds over the next four-year cycle, an historic move that
will provide more high quality competitive international playing
opportunities for womenís sevens teams, a core strand of our
Accelerating the Global Development of Women in Rugby plan. For
the menís series, the selected hosts represent a consistent
balance of long-established and newer venues, with the five host
unions who joined in 2015 retaining their host status. Since the
menís seriesí expansion to 10 rounds in 2015, we have seen the
competition become increasingly competitive on the pitch from a
team perspective while also continuing to grow in popularity among
global audiences. We are looking forward to seeing continued
growth and evolution of the world series in each territory over
the next four years."
Rugby sevens continues to grow, engage and
attract global audiences. In 2018, the world series saw
record-breaking fan engagement figures with an increase of 60% across video views when compared with 2017 and attracted more
than 749,800 attendees to events globally.
The growth trend continued in broadcast viewing
figures with Nielsen research recording a 39% increase in
live broadcast audiences across both menís and womenís series,
from nine million in 2017 to 12.6 million viewers in 2018.
Next seasonís series will be vital as qualified
core menís and womenís teams prepare to compete not only on the
world series but also at the Olympic Games which takes place from
27 July-1 August at Tokyo Stadium.
With the newly-expanded womenís series,
qualified teams will have more high quality, competitive playing
opportunities than ever before as they prepare to participate at
The full menís and womenís HSBC World Rugby
Sevens Series 2019-20 schedule and dates will be confirmed at a
later stage in 2019.
Jonathan Castleman, HSBC Global Head of Brand
Partnerships said, "The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series is in an
exciting period of explosive growth and remains a constantly
changing frontier full of potential. The impressive growth of the
womenís game is undoubtedly one of the biggest drivers of this,
with new talent emerging and more eyeballs than ever before on the
womenís series. With this in mind, todayís announcement is hugely
exciting for us and we look forward to continuing our role as an
active partner, working alongside World Rugby and the local
unions, to help rugby sevens thrive around the world for years to
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Pictures of Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015,
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