(03 Mar 2021)
Despite having just postponed the Women’s Rugby World
Cup, which had been scheduled to take place in New Zealand from 18
September – 16 October 2021, World Rugby has given sevens fans around the
world something to look forward to.
A condensed 2021 Series schedule includes five women’s and
four men’s rounds, with the addition of a further two potential
men’s events under discussion.
The 2021 Series is scheduled to kick
off with back-to-back women’s events in Marcoussis, Paris on 15-16
and 22-23 May. The Series will then take a break for the countdown
to the Olympic Games and recommence with a men’s event in
Singapore on 29-30 October, followed by joint men’s and women’s
rounds in Hong Kong on 5-7 November, Dubai on 3-4 December,
followed by an exciting climax in Cape Town on 10-12 December.
Detailed discussions are continuing with London
and Vancouver on the viability of hosting men’s events in the
window following the Olympic Games and prior to the HSBC Singapore
Sevens in October.
New Zealand are the reigning
champions of both the women’s and men’s Series after being crowned
winners of the 2020 edition, which was brought to an early
conclusion with five of the eight women’s rounds and six of the 10
men’s rounds successfully completed prior to the onset of the
In the men’s Series, Japan will join as a core
team following their promotion from the inaugural HSBC World Rugby
Challenger Series in 2020, while it has been agreed that in this
Olympic year, the England, Scotland and Wales teams will combine
to compete as ‘GB Sevens’ in both the men’s and women’s Series’ in
2021. This will create two additional invitational places for
teams to participate in the men’s 2021 Series events, with invitational teams to be announced in due course.
Planning is also at an advanced stage for a number of
other events, including a joint women’s and
men’s event in Los Angeles over the weekend of 25-27 June as
Olympic qualified teams look to intensify their preparations for
the Games in Tokyo with high quality competition opportunities.
Monaco will host the World
Rugby Sevens Repechage, the final qualification event for the
Olympic Games in Tokyo, on 19-20 June 2021. With 21 of the 24
teams already qualified for the Olympic rugby sevens competition,
the remaining two women’s and one men’s spots will be determined
The Olympic competition will take place on
26-31 July 2021 at Tokyo Stadium.
World Rugby Interim Chief Executive Alan Gilpin
said, “As a key driver of game growth, particularly in emerging
markets, the continued success of rugby sevens and the Sevens
Series is a strategic priority for World Rugby and our US$4
million funding to support sevens programmes is a clear
demonstration of our commitment. This unique Olympic year provides
a huge opportunity to reach new audiences around the world and
introduce them to the speed, skill and excitement of rugby sevens,
encouraging them to become future fans of the Series.
“Above all, the health, safety and wellbeing of players, fans and
the wider community remains our top priority and all stakeholders
will continue to closely monitor global developments with the
COVID-19 pandemic and work closely with host governments and
health agencies to ensure a safe, secure and highly impactful
return to the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.”
Given the unique and unprecedented nature of the global
COVID-19 pandemic and its various international travel
restrictions and quarantine measures, it is accepted that some
teams may not be able to travel or participate in all 2021 Series
events. Where possible, World Rugby will invite replacement teams
to fill the places of any core Series team unable to participate
in a Series event.
The Women’s Rugby World Cup is now expected to
take place in 2022.
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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