World Rugby Announce Canadian Stops For Sevens
World Rugby has just announced a mini-season with no fewer than two stops on Canadian soil – one in Vancouver and the other in Edmonton. The stops will form part of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and will feature both men’s and women’s teams.
While the events were initially announced as men’s play only, several other events having been cancelled by the global health crisis have now had the effect of more space opening up on the calendar.
Another change is that from six men’s and four women’s rounds initially scheduled for the September through December 2021, to the Canadian events making up a mini season on their own.
Fans To See Some Action
Axed from the plan are two stops previously planned for Singapore (Oct. 29 – Oct. 30) and Cape Town (Dec. 10 – Dec. 12), and for health and safety concerns. Also chopped is the Hong Kong Sevens tournament which would have been played from Nov. 5 to 7.
As for the 2022 Sevens season, the action will get underway off back-to-back events in the UAE. The first leg of the action, Nov. 26 – Nov. 27 will unfortunately take place without any fans in attendance. The second leg, however, being Dec. 3 – Dec. 4 will see supporters welcomed into the stands at the Sevens Stadium in Dubai.
World Rugby said the full schedule for 2022 will be announced later this month. The organisation also said it was currently in the process of considering several alternatives to Australia and New Zealand for those games planned for January next year.
Safety To Remain Priority
After the World Series, sevens rugby will also make a stop for the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Cape Town, which is scheduled for 9 – 11 Sept. next year.
The Vancouver and Edmonton stops will be played on Sept. 18 – Sept. 19 and on Sept. 25 – Sept. 26, respectively. According to World Rugby, there will be no relegation in rank or standing from the 21 Series – meaning the results will not contribute towards standings or seedings for any other events.
All things considered, World Rugby said last week it will continue to make the welfare of players and support staff its number one concern and consideration. And while the global nature of the Sevens Series has made it a tricky act to plan given the ongoing challenge of the times, the organisation will continue to do its bit for fans, players, and the wider society.