Groundbreaking women’s tournament added to Cape Town Sevens

Postado Março 15, 2019

"Equality between our female and male players is something that Rugby Australia has strived for since we made the HSBC Sydney 7s a combined tournament and it's fantastic for the global game that there will be more joint tournaments across the Series next season".

Dubai, Cape Town, New Zealand, Sydney, Hong Kong and Paris will host combined men's and women's sevens events from next season onwards.

The dates for the 2019/20 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series are yet to be confirmed.

On Wednesday, it was announced that a women's tournament would be added to the highly popular men's Cape Town Sevens for the fifth edition of the tournament that will again take place in December this year.

Existing tournaments in Vancouver, Singapore and London will remain as standalone events on the men's circuit, while the US and Canada Women's Sevens will also continue in Glendale, Colorado and Langford, British Columbia.

Dubai, Cape Town, Hamilton, Sydney, Hong Kong and Paris will all host combined events for the next four-year cycle of the Series.

In addition, nine out of 10 host locations for the next four-year cycle of the men's HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019-23 have also been confirmed.

The women's circuit will increase to eight tournaments with six of those combined with the men.

This means that while Hong Kong will host a combined series round, Singapore will continue as a men's standalone round after the Southeast Asian nation earned the venue rights for the series during its expansion in 2015. World Rugby said that the host location in the U.S. to be confirmed at a later stage in the season.

Sport Singapore CEO Lim Teck Yin and Singapore Sports Hub CEO Oon Jin Teik said they are delighted that the Singapore Sevens will be extended for the next four years and are thankful to World Rugby for their continued trust in the Republic. With the newly expanded women's series, qualified teams will have more competitive playing opportunities as they prepare to participate at Tokyo 2020. "With this in mind, today's 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 come". The two combined for one event in 2017, but that was not considered a major success. "It's very encouraging to see this recognised by both New Zealand Rugby and World Rugby and for the Sevens to become a cornerstone event for the upper North Island". "Ensuring that both events remain viable and successful is of paramount importance to Rugby Canada".