Sevens comeback

Sports | 13 Oct 2021

The 2022 World Rugby Sevens Series will kick off with a pair of men's and women's rounds in Dubai starting November, while Hong Kong returns as a stop, the sport's global body said.

Sydney and Hamilton, in New Zealand, will not host the series next year due to logistical challenges associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, World Rugby added.

Instead, Spain will play host for the first time with men's and women's events scheduled in Malaga and Seville from January 21-23 and January 28-30, respectively.

Toulouse, in France, will also welcome teams in May next year.

Hong Kong will host men's and women's events on April 1-3 after a gap of two years because of the pandemic.

The series will have 10 men's and seven women's rounds over six months. The first round in Dubai will be behind closed doors from November 26-27, followed by another on December 3-4 with fans in attendance at The Sevens Stadium.

"A lot of hard work has gone on behind the scenes to ensure we can announce a full Series schedule," said World Rugby chief executive Alan Gilpin, who thanked Series sponsors HSBC and host unions for their "unwavering support and spirit of collaboration as we navigate the challenges of the global Covid-19 pandemic together."

The men's series will also have tournaments in Vancouver on February 26-27, Los Angeles on March 5-6 and Singapore on April 9-10.

"As ever, the health and welfare of players, fans and wider society continues to be our primary concern and we will work closely with all stakeholders to ensure the safe delivery of the Series," Gilpin said.

REUTERS



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