Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

HSBC CT 7s unveils new look that includes women’s tournament

HSBC CT 7s unveils new look that includes women’s tournament

World Rugby today announced some changes in the men's and women's HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, chief among these is that the organization has returned to the idea of combining men's and women's events.

The sport's global governing body yesterday announced that the Republic will continue to be one of the hosts of the 10-leg series till 2023.

In an effort to deepen the talent pool, Rugby Australia will also look to recruit more athletes to compete in the 2019 Aon University Sevens Series.

London, Vancouver and Singapore will host the other men's events while there will be one in the United States of America with a location to be confirmed later in the season. "This further reinforces World Rugby's confidence in Singapore to host world-class events", Oon added.

Rugby Australia Chief Executive Raelene Castle said it is an exciting opportunity for women's rugby sevens.

Singapore has hosted a World Rugby Seven series leg in 2002, from 2004 to 2006, and from 2016 to this year.


Hamilton, the newest venue on the men's series having hosted its inaugural event in 2018, becomes a new combined event for both men's and women's teams.

"We are delighted to see the women's series expand to eight rounds over the next four-year cycle, a historic move that will provide more high quality competitive worldwide playing opportunities for women's sevens teams, a core strand of our Accelerating the Global Development of Women in Rugby plan".

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.

"We are delighted to see the women's series expand to eight rounds over the next four-year cycle, an historic move that will provide more high-quality competitive worldwide playing opportunities for women's sevens teams".

"Singapore is at the heart of the sevens success story and we look forward to welcoming teams and fans to Singapore over the next four years for an excellent event that will continue to grow new rugby audiences". With the newly expanded women's series, qualified teams will have more high quality, competitive playing opportunities than ever before as they prepare to participate in Tokyo 2020.

"It's been great to have had the event for the last two years, with a third one coming up. Previous year we played at the Commonwealth Games and the World Cup and and for us to grow as a team and as individuals, we need to be playing at the highest level". "Ensuring that both events remain viable and successful is of paramount importance to Rugby Canada".

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