COVID-19 causes cancellation of 2021 HSBC Sevens World Series

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COVID-19 causes cancellation of 2021 HSBC Sevens World Series

The Dubai and Cape Town rounds of the 2021 HSBC Sevens World Series, due to take place in November and December this year, will not take place because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The men’s and women’s events had been scheduled for 26-28 November and 4-6 December 2020 respectively.

World Rugby has set up a working group to evaluate the rest of the season.

The working group will also review opportunities for HSBC World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series events in 2021.

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New Zealand was awarded men’s and women’s titles for 2020 having led the standings when the suspension came.

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The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series is an annual multi-stop global competition that began in 1999.

In 2019 World Rugby announced new-look men’s and women’s Series for a four-year cycle, including six combined events, as the women’s series increased to eight rounds for the first time in its history.

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Dubai and Cape Town, alongside New Zealand, Sydney, Hong Kong and Paris were appointed to host combined men’s and women’s events.

In the women’s series, the USA Women’s Sevens is hosted in Glendale, Colorado, which was the season opener in 2020 and was since moved to later in the schedule alongside the Canada Women’s Sevens in Langford, British Columbia, which is also a standalone event.

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The men’s Series includes standalone events in London, Los Angeles, Singapore and Vancouver, which was the last event to take place before the COVID-19 pandemic brought the 2020 season to an early conclusion.

 

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