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HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 Schedule Confirmed

World Rugby has confirmed the schedule for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 in what will be the biggest season to date, with Fiji and New Zealand fighting to retain the mens and womens titles respectively.

The womens competition will increase from six to eight rounds for the first time in the history of the HSBC World Rugby Womens Sevens Series, with six of those being combined mens and womens events, while the mens circuit will once again be contested across 10 rounds.

Following a record-breaking Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco, the mens competition will once again travel to the United States where it will be hosted in Los Angeles.

Action from England vs Wales at the Cathay Pacific / HSBC World Rugby Hong Kong Sevens 2019. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

The move from Las Vegas will see the two-day event return to the home stadium of the MLS side, LA Galaxy and the NFL's LA Chargers, Dignity Health Sports Park in California - the same venue earmarked to host rugby sevens in the LA 2028 Olympic Games.

Ireland are welcomed as one of the 15 core mens teams for 2020 while Brazil will join the ten other core womens teams after both sides earned qualification for next seasons world series in Hong Kong in April this year.

As in previous years each round of the series will include an invitational team to complete the line-up of 16 mens and 12 womens teams.

The 2019 series acted as the principal qualification route for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with the mens and womens teams finishing in the top four earning automatic qualification. To date, eight mens and seven womens teams have qualified for Tokyo as the regional qualification competitions continue before the last places are decided at the Olympic repechage tournament scheduled to take place in June 2020.

The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 will serve as crucial build-up to Tokyo as rugby sevens prepares to make its second appearance in the Olympic Games programme following its successful introduction at Rio 2016, which attracted 30 million new fans to the shortened format of the game worldwide.

Sevens is experiencing exponential growth and as well as breaking records on the pitch, the mens and womens HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019 reached all-time fan engagement figures with over 198 million video views, a 65 per cent increase on 2018.

Emotional scenes as Brazil women win the Cathay Pacific / HSBC World Rugby Hong Kong Sevens 2019. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

The womens series opener will be hosted in Glendale, Colorado, USA on 5-6 October, 2019 in what will be the second time that the standalone event has kicked off the season.

Rounds two and three are combined events alongside the mens series, taking place in Dubai, UAE on 5-7 December, 2019 and in Cape Town, South Africa on 13/14-15 December, 2019 where the women will play at the Cape Town Stadium for the first time.

In the new year both the men and women will travel to Hamilton, New Zealand where they will play their third combined event on 25-26 January before both travelling to Sydney, Australia for 1-2 February.

The first standalone mens competition of 2020 will take place in Los Angeles, USA on 29 February to 1 March followed by Vancouver, Canada a week later on 7-8 March.

The fifth dual mens and womens event will be hosted in Hong Kong from 3-5 April before the eighth round of the mens series is hosted in Singapore on 11-12 April.

The penultimate stop on the womens circuit will take place in Langford, Canada on 2-3 May with the ninth mens round being hosted at Twickenham Stadium in London, England on 23-24 May.

The mens and womens competitions will both culminate in Paris, France on 30-31 May.

Ireland in action against Hong Kong at the 2019 Cathay Pacific / HSBC World Rugby Hong Kong Sevens in April. Ireland are one of the 15 core mens teams for 2020 after they played their hearts out in Hong Kong to qualify. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

World Rugby Chairman, Sir Bill Beaumont, said, "2020 is going to be the biggest year on record for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, with more womens and combined events than ever before, and with the series acting as key preparation for those teams competing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 2019 was a hugely successful season for rugby sevens, with not only the quality of rugby on the pitch setting new and even higher standards, but with record-breaking audience engagement figures with our online video content, which received over 198 million views. This is extremely encouraging as we enter a new era for rugby sevens which promises to bring fans even more excitement both on and off the field."

HSBC Global Head of Brand Partnerships, Jonathan Castleman, said: "Our decade long partnership with the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series remains one of the most successful elements of our global partnership programme. With the dates for next season now confirmed, it is a great opportunity to look ahead. Particularly pleasing is the increased number of joint mens and womens legs - a change we worked collaboratively with World Rugby on over recent years as part of our broader efforts to support the growth of the womens game. 2020 also marks the return of rugby sevens at the Olympics. Following its successful debut at the Rio 2016 Games, the sport is dynamic, growing and is an increasing presence in new markets all over the world. We cant wait to see how it can make the most of the opportunity to shine on the global stage once again. We continue to be immensely proud of our role working alongside World Rugby to enable the success of sevens and are excited about the growth still to come."

HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 Schedule

5-6 October 2019: Infinity Park, Colorado, USA womens standalone event

5-7 December 2019: The Sevens, Dubai, UAE combined mens and womens event

13-15 December 2019: Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa combined mens and womens event

25-26 January 2020: FMG Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand combined mens and womens event

1-2 February 2020: Bankwest Stadium, Sydney, Australia combined mens and womens event

29 February 1 March 2020: Dignity Health Sports Park, Los Angeles, USA mens standalone event

7-8 March 2020: BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, Canada mens standalone event

3-5 April 2020: Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong combined mens and womens event

11-12 April 2020: National Stadium, Singapore mens standalone event

2-3 May 2020: Westhills Stadium, Langford, Canada womens standalone event

23-24 May 2020: Twickenham Stadium, London, England mens standalone event

30-31 May 2020: Stade Jean-Bouin, Paris, France combined mens and womens event

27 July 1 August 2020: Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Tokyo, Japan

All fixture details correct at time of publication / subject to change.

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