Cape Town - The highly-anticipated Cape Town Sevens tournament will take place on the weekend of December 10/11, 2016.
World Rugby on Wednesday announced the dates for the 10 global destinations that will comprise the 2016/17 World Rugby Sevens Series.
The inaugural event was hugely popular with fans last December, with all tickets at the iconic Cape Town Stadium sold out and a capacity crowd cheering on the Blitzboks in their final victory over Argentina.
SA Rugby plans to announce details of ticket sales for the second Cape Town Sevens in June, shortly after the Incoming Series between the Springboks and Ireland.
Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby, welcomed the announcement and confirmed that the smooth running of the second ever Cape Town Sevens is well underway.
“We could not ask for much more last year, as South Africans from all across the country came out to support the tournament, as well as a significant number of fans from abroad,” said Roux.
“The feedback we received from the players was very positive but we know there is always room for improvement and we’re already in an advanced stage of planning to ensure we host and even bigger and better event this year.
“Our aim is to surpass the excellent standards we set last year. There is a clear vision to make the Cape Town Sevens the best event on the circuit and I am happy to say that this is shared by all our stakeholders in this venture.”
The 2015/16 series was the biggest and best to date. More than 715 000 spectators packed the 10 venues and with six different winners for the first time, it was also the most competitive and compelling as Fiji claimed the title, with South Africa a close second.
The series’ winning blend of star players, breath-taking action, iconic destinations and festival atmosphere continues to prove a hit with fans, broadcasters and commercial partners alike, with the Cape Town event ticking all the relevant boxes.
Furthermore, 6 000 hours of action was broadcast to fans in more than 100 territories for the first time, and the most socially-engaged with 61 million video views and a 250 percent increase.
The series will once again kick-off in Dubai (December 2/3), visiting 10 cities across five continents before the series concludes in London on May 20/21.
The 2016/17 World Rugby Sevens Series schedule is as follows:
Dubai, December 2/3
Cape Town, December 10/11
Wellington, January 28/29
Sydney, February 4/5
Las Vegas, March 3-5
Vancouver, March 11/12
Hong Kong, April 7-9
Singapore, April 15/16
Paris, May 13/14
London, May 20/21