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Wed, 1 July 2020

Remaining Rounds of HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 Cancelled

The remaining rounds of the womens and mens HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 in Langford, London, Paris, Singapore and Hong Kong have been cancelled due to the ongoing global COVID19 pandemic, bringing the 2020 Series to an early conclusion.

New Zealand will be awarded both the womens and mens titles courtesy of being top of the standings before the pandemic interrupted the series, with five of the eight womens rounds and six of the ten mens rounds successfully completed.

The Black Ferns Sevens topped the podium in four of the five rounds in the womens series so far, while the All Blacks Sevens claimed three victories and five podium finishes in the six rounds completed in the mens series.

HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Cup. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

Olympic Champions Australia finish second in the womens series with Canada in third.

In the mens series, the 2018 champions South Africa finish in second place with Olympic and 2019 series champions Fiji in third.

There will be no relegation from the womens or mens Series in 2020.

These difficult decisions have been taken following detailed consultation with our union partners and in line with advice from the various government and public health agencies around the world, given the global nature of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, said Sir Bill Beaumont, World Rugby Chairman. Rugby sevens is a key driver of global growth for our sport, particularly in emerging nations, and it firmly remains a top priority for our organisation. As we begin to see light at the end of the tunnel, 2021 has potential to be a very exciting year for rugby sevens with the Tokyo Olympic Games on the horizon.

The HSBC World Rugby Challenger Series mens and womens final events will also not take place in 2020 due to the COVID19 pandemic.

The Challenger Series was launched by World Rugby this year to boost rugby sevens development across the globe, particularly in emerging nations, and this objective remains a key priority, providing a promotion pathway into the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

Japan have been awarded the inaugural mens Challenger Series title as they topped the rankings after the two completed events, claiming gold and bronze in the two rounds that took place earlier in 2020 in Chile and Uruguay. Japan will join the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2021 as the sixteenth core team.

There will be no promotion to the womens series this year as the inaugural Challenger Series event originally scheduled for 28-29 March in Stellenbosch, South Africa was not able to take place.

As a result of these amendments, seedings for the Tokyo Olympic Games will be adapted to include results from the 2021 Series to ensure they provide the most robust and accurate representation of current form when the Games commence in July 2021.

HSBC Global Head of Brand Partnerships Jonathan Castleman said, As long-term global partner of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, we fully support the difficult decision taken to cancel these tournaments in response to the ongoing impact of Coronavirus. The health, safety and welfare of the players, fans and everyone working on the events must be the priority. We will be working closely with our partners, World Rugby, to help the sport rebuild and to ensure that as soon as it is safe to do so, rugby sevens will once again entertain and inspire communities around the world.

Ticket holders for the cancelled HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 events in Langford, London, Paris, Singapore and Hong Kong are advised to contact the event organiser for more information regarding their respective event.

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