Singapore will continue to host one leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series until 2023 after World Rugby announced a new look men’s and women’s semis which include at least six combined men’s and women’s events.
The women’s series will now increase to eight rounds for the vert first time over the upcoming four-year cycle with Dubai, Cape Town, New Zealand, Sydney, Hong Kong and Paris hosting the combined men’s and women’s sevens events from next season onwards.
Meanwhile, Singapore, along with Dubai, Cape Town, Hamilton, Sydney, Vancouver, Hong Kong, London and Paris, will continue as the nine men’s World Series destinations with the host location of the USA leg to be confirmed on a later stage, the World Rugby announced.
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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.
Oon Jin Teik, CEO of Singapore Sports Hub which will host the World Series, said that hosting the event will be an exciting opportunity. “We are dedicated to creating a compelling and comprehensive event experience that appeals to and engages both athletes and spectators at the National Stadium,” he said.
“The upcoming edition of the HSBC Singapore Sevens will serve up an exciting mix of world-class rugby with top end family entertainment and vibrant lifestyle activities. The programme for the Sevens weekend fully maximises the versatility of the venue, creating tangible memories for players and fans. This further reinforces World Rugby’s confidence in Singapore to host world-class events,” Oon added.
Were you in the stands supporting our adopted home team @sunwolves for their season opener game against the @TheSharksZA last weekend? It’s clear that the team’s biggest win of the night was winning the hearts of the fans in the stands ❤ pic.twitter.com/3yGfQztH2v
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Meanwhile, in the women’s series, the USA Women’s Sevens will again be hosted in Glendale, Colorado, with Langford, British Columbia, also remaining as a standalone event next season.
“As popularity and profile of rugby sevens continues to grow both on and off the field, boosted by Olympic inclusion, World Rugby saw unprecedented global interest, receiving more than 20 expressions of interest from member unions, as part of the highly competitive tender process,” World Rugby said.