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SARU eyes next 7s World Cup

2014-01-23 13:26
Jurie Roux (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - The South African Rugby Union (SARU) wants to bid for the right to host the next Sevens Rugby World Cup, Die Burger's website reports.

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The tournament was held in Moscow, Russia in 2013 but the next edition is only in 2018 because of Sevens being part of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The cut-off date for bids is December 5 this year, with the IRB to announce the host nation in May 2015.

Meanwhile, SARU must also bid if it wants to keep hosting an annual tournament in the Sevens World Series.

The International Rugby Board (IRB) earlier this week announced that countries who want to host events during the 2015/16 season must tender to do so.

The IRB Sevens World Series, which was hosted by nine countries over the past three seasons, could therefore get new destinations from next season.

SARU CEO Jurie Roux said they will again bid to host an event. The cut-off date for the new tender is June 27.

Port Elizabeth has hosted South Africa's version since 2011, but there have been talks that Cape Town could become the next destination.

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