(13 Oct 2021)
World Rugby has confirmed the schedule for the HSBC
World Rugby Sevens Series 2022.
The series will feature ten men’s and seven women’s
rounds over six months, kicking off with a pair of combined men’s
and women’s events in Dubai.
The Emirates Dubai Sevens will host a behind
closed doors round on 26-27 November 2021, followed by a second
event on 3-4 December with fans in attendance at The Sevens
The series will then return to Europe as Spain
plays host for the first time with combined men’s and women’s
events in Malaga and Seville on 21-23 and 28-30 January 2022
The new venues in Spain temporarily replace
traditional Series hosts Sydney, Australia, and Hamilton, New
Zealand, who were unable to host in 2022 due to the logistical
challenges associated with the COVID19 pandemic in their region.
The men’s series continues with North American rounds in
Vancouver on 26-27 February and Los Angeles on 5-6 March before
moving to Asia where
Hong Kong returns to host a combined men’s
and women’s event on 1-3 April, followed by a men’s event in
Singapore on 9-10 April.
A women’s standalone event will take
place in Langford, Canada, on 30 April-1 May before both men’s and
women’s teams travel to a new series venue in Toulouse, France on
20-22 May where the women’s series champions will be crowned.
men’s series will conclude with the final event in London on 28-29
There are also changes with the competing teams.
Japan join the men’s series as a core team following their
promotion as HSBC World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series champions
Great Britain will compete in the opening two
rounds of the series in Dubai, as part of the standing agreement
to play the calendar year 2021, before reverting to compete as
national unions for the remainder of the 2022 series, with
England, Scotland and Wales participating in the men’s series and
England in the women’s series.
The 16 men’s core teams
after the Dubai events are Argentina, Australia, Canada, England,
Fiji, France, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Samoa, Scotland,
South Africa, Spain, USA and Wales.
South Africa will enter
the 2022 Series as defending champions after claiming the 2021
title in Edmonton, Canada, in September, while New Zealand, who
were unable to compete in Canada, were the 2020 Series winners.
The 11 core women’s teams after the Dubai events are
Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, New
Zealand, Russia, Spain and USA. New Zealand’s Black Ferns Sevens
will be aiming to defend their title after being crowned champions
The series will be followed by the
Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on 29-31 July and the
Rugby World Cup Sevens in Cape Town on 9-11 September.
Chief Executive Alan Gilpin said, “Alongside popular and
traditional rugby sevens venues it will be exciting to take the
series to new venues in Spain and France as the game continues to
expand and captivate new audiences around the world with its fast,
skillful and thrilling format. 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.”
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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