The combined menís and womenís Dubai and Cape Town
rounds of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2021, which were
provisionally scheduled for 26-28 November and 4-6 December 2020
respectively, have been cancelled due to the ongoing and dynamic
global nature of the COVID19 pandemic.
World Rugby and its partners continue to focus on
delivering the remainder of the 2021 menís and womenís series,
while working in full collaboration with all stakeholders to
closely monitor the ongoing and challenging COVID-19 environment.
A working group chaired by World Rugby Executive
Committee and Council member John Jeffrey and including
representatives of host and participating unions, players and
coaches, has been formed to review contingency plans and evaluate
preparations for the safe, secure and impactful return to
international rugby sevens competition, and to ensure that the
product is the best it can be for hosts, participating unions,
broadcasters and commercial partners.
The working group will also review opportunities
for HSBC World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series events in 2021. The
second division of international rugby sevens was launched in 2020
to promote the global growth of the game and provide a pathway for
emerging nations to gain promotion to core status on the HSBC
World Rugby Sevens Series, as Japanís men successfully achieved
after claiming the inaugural title in 2020.
With 21 of the 24 teams already qualified for the
Olympic rugby sevens competition in Tokyo, planning for the
Olympic Repechage final qualification event in the first half of
2021 is ongoing.
World Rugby Chief Executive, Brett Gosper, said,
"While we share in the disappointment of players, teams, fans,
hosts and everyone involved with the popular events in Dubai and
Cape Town, this is a prudent decision taken with the health and
wellbeing of the global rugby community and wider society as our
top priority and guided by the relevant government and
international public health authority advice."
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.
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