Hamilton to host men’s and women’s World Series sevens

Black Ferns sevens captain Sarah Goss and All Blacks sevens captain Tim Mikkelson

Black Ferns sevens captain Sarah Goss and All Blacks sevens captain Tim Mikkelson

The women's series will now increase to eight rounds for the vert first time over the upcoming four-year cycle with Dubai, Cape Town, New Zealand, Sydney, Hong Kong and Paris hosting the combined men's and women's sevens events from next season onwards.

Cape Town will retain the hosting rights for the South African leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series until 2023, while including a women's tournament from next season.

Meanwhile, Singapore, along with Dubai, Cape Town, Hamilton, Sydney, Vancouver, Hong Kong, London and Paris, will continue as the nine men's World Series destinations with the host location of the US leg to be confirmed on a later stage, the World Rugby announced.

The dates for the 2019/20 World Rugby Sevens Series will be confirmed in due course by World Rugby, after which SA Rugby will announce ticket details for the revamped Cape Town Sevens.

Next season's series will also lead to the Olympic Games that takes place from 27 July to 1 August in Tokyo, Japan.

"Equality between our female and male players is something that Rugby Australia has strived for since we made the HSBC Sydney 7s a combined tournament and it's fantastic for the global game that there will be more joint tournaments across the Series next season".

The women's circuit will increase to eight tournaments with six of those combined with the men.

New Zealand Women celebrate their win with a haka performance over France during the Day 2 of the Women's Fast Four Tournament 2019 in Hamilton
Boost for Cape Town Sevens

"We are working with World Rugby to establish the best format for all of our stakeholders and are confident we'll deliver another great experience for players and fans".

"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".

"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 global playing opportunities for women's sevens teams".

FRU Chief Executive John O'Connor said it was an exciting time for Fiji's rugby community. 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 at Tokyo 2020.

Beaumont said in a media statement: "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". "It's very encouraging to see this recognised by both New Zealand Rugby and World Rugby and for the Sevens to become a cornerstone event for the upper North Island".

"It's been great to have had the event for the last two years, with a third one coming up".

The Canada men's and women's tournaments are both hosted by Rugby Canada, but the men's event at BC Place would not be able to accommodate an additional tournament, and the Langford event for the women has been quite successful on its own.

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