Dublin, IRE – August 8, 2019: World Rugby has confirmed the schedule for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 in what will be the biggest season to date.
The women’s competition will increase from six to eight rounds for the first time in the history of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series, with six of those being combined men’s and women’s events, while the men’s circuit will once again be contested across 10 rounds.
The 2019 series acted as the principal qualification route for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with the men’s and women’s teams finishing in the top four earning automatic qualification. To date, eight men’s and seven women’s teams have qualified for Tokyo as the regional qualification competitions continue before the last places are decided at the Olympic repechage tournament scheduled to take place in June 2020.
The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 will serve as crucial build-up to Tokyo 2020, as Canada will send a men’s and women’s sevens team to the Olympics for the first time. Canada’s women’s side qualified through their top-four finish in the 2019 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, while the men’s team qualified by winning the 2019 RAN Sevens tournament in the Cayman Islands last month.
The women’s series opener will be hosted in Glendale, Colorado, USA on 5-6 October, 2019, while the men’s series kicks off in Dubai as part of a combined men’s and women’s event in December.
The first stop in Canada is the men’s event in Vancouver, BC from 7-8 March.
The penultimate stop on the women’s circuit will take place in Langford, Canada on 2-3 May, before both the men’s and women’s tournaments culminate in Paris on 30-31 May.
World Rugby Chairman, Sir Bill Beaumont, commented: “2020 is going to be the biggest year on record for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, with more women’s and combined events than ever before, and with the series acting as key preparation for those teams competing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
“2019 was a hugely successful season for rugby sevens, with not only the quality of rugby on the pitch setting new and even higher standards, but with record-breaking audience engagement figures with our online video content, which received over 198 million views. This is extremely encouraging as we enter a new era for rugby sevens which promises to bring fans even more excitement both on and off the field.”
In their most recent action, Canada’s women’s sevens team took home a gold medal at the 2019 Pan-American Games, while the men’s side won bronze.