Cape Town - The Cape Town Sevens tournament will take place
on the weekend of December 12/13, World Rugby announced in Paris on Tuesday
when it confirmed the new schedule for the 2015/16 season.
At a major announcement in the French capital, World
Rugby confirmed the Cape Town dates in a schedule featuring iconic locations
which now also includes Sydney, Paris, Singapore and Vancouver as other new
venues on the circuit.
The Cape Town Sevens will be the second leg of the
global tour - filling its traditional slot in early December, a week after the
Series opener in Dubai.
SARU announced that tickets for the event would go on
sale on Tuesday, August 4, through Computicket outlets. Details of prices and
initiatives such as a family stand will be released at a ticket launch in due
Jurie Roux, CEO of SARU, said there had been huge
interest from supporters and corporate South Africa since the announcement in
March that Cape Town would host the SA leg of the World Series.
“The excitement started to build immediately,” he said.
“There has been huge interest from supporters in the Mother City as well as
from fans from elsewhere and we are expecting a major influx of rugby
supporters from outside the Western Cape and also from overseas. Our offices
have been taking daily calls requesting the dates and hoping to book
hospitality for the event.
“Now that the dates for the Cape Town Sevens are
confirmed as December 12 and 13, the anticipation is only likely to grow. We
expect the conversation to move pretty quickly from “when can I buy a ticket?”
to “have you got your ticket?
“We‘re hopeful that the Cape Town Sevens will quickly
establish itself as one of the “must-do” dates on the Cape Town and World Sevens
Series events calendar.”
Garreth Bloor, Cape Town City’s Mayoral Committee
Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, said: “We’re very excited
that the dates for the South African leg have now been confirmed.
“Cape Town is ready to roll out the red carpet and
welcome the players and fans from across the world. Cape Town literally
has something for everyone on every budget at that time of the year. The Cape
Town Sevens will complement a vibrant time in the City with so much going on, such
as open-air entertainment, beer, food and wine festivals and our fabulous
World Rugby meanwhile announced it had extended its
partnership with HSBC as title sponsor of the Series for a further four years.
It has also acquired the naming right to the Women’s Series.
Details of the locations and dates for the 2015/16 HSBC
Women’s World Ruby Sevens Series will be announced shortly by World Rugby.
In a year that will also see Sevens making its debut at
the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, the Series champion will be crowned in London,
where the final tournament is set for May 20-22, 2016.
2015/16 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series schedule
1: Dubai: December 3/4
2: Cape Town: December 12/13
3: Wellington: January 30/31
4: Sydney: February 6/7
5: Las Vegas: March 4-6
6: Vancouver: March 12/13
7: Hong Kong: April 8-10
8: Singapore: April 16/17
9: Paris: May 14/15
Round 10: London: May 20-22