Sevens set for bumper year in 2022

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However, New Zealand and Australia will not be on the venue list due to logistical challenges associated with the Covid-19 pandemic.


Ten men's rounds, and seven for women, have been scheduled in a six-month programme, including new venues in Malaga and Seville in Spain and Toulouse in France.


The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2022 will start in Dubai with a behind closed doors event on November 26-27, with another event a week later at the same venue with fans attending.


Tournaments will then be played at Malaga and Seville on January 21-23 and 28-30, respectively, as temporary replacements for Sydney and Hamilton.


The men will continue with rounds in Vancouver on February 26-27 and Los Angeles on March 5-6. Hong Kong will host a combined tournament on April 1-3. The men will also e in Singapore on April 9-10.

The women will have a standalone tournament in Langford, Canada on April 30-May 1 before a combined tournament in Toulouse on May 20-22. At that tournament, the women's series will end. The men's series ends in London on May 28-29.


The combined British team will take part in the Dubai tournaments before reverting to individual nations for the remainder of the series.


After Dubai, the 16 core men's teams are Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, the United States and Wales.


The core women's teams are Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Russia, Spain and the United States.


Sevens enjoyed another resurgence after the Tokyo Olympic Games.


World Rugby 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, skilful and thrilling format.


"Rugby sevens is a key driver of global growth for our sport, particularly in emerging nations, and it remains a top priority for our organisation."


The health and welfare of players would be a primary concern throughout the series, he said.



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