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SA Sevens series moves to Cape Town

FILE PICTURE: Zenay Jordaan of the SA select womans rugby squad. (Photo by Michael Sheehan/Gallo Images)

FILE PICTURE: Zenay Jordaan of the SA select womans rugby squad. (Photo by Michael Sheehan/Gallo Images)

The South African leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series will move to Cape Town for the next four years the SA Rugby Union (Saru) announced on Friday.

The previous hosting of the leg in December’s tournament in Port Elizabeth attracted a crowd of 63,000 over the two days of competition, and that figure was expected to be topped at the 55,000-capacity Cape Town stadium.

“We have enjoyed 13 successful years at Port Elizabeth (four) and George (nine) and the move to Cape Town reflects the ever-increasing interest and success of Sevens in South Africa,” said Saru chief executive Jurie Roux.

“But as the World Sevens Series has grown — and with it the requirements and the expectations — so we needed to go to the next level and Cape Town allows us to do that.”

The tournament would be played at the Cape Town Stadium following an agreement between Saru and the City Council.

“World Rugby wanted global iconic destinations to showcase the new Olympic sport of Rugby Sevens and a world-class stadium, in a world-class city in the shadow of a World Heritage site in Table Mountain provides exactly that,” Roux said.

The Cape Town Sevens would join a host of new venues on the Series circuit which had already added Sydney and Vancouver to its schedule.

The full line-up of host cities and dates still to be confirmed by World Rugby.

South Africa lead the current standings on the World Series with 93 points from New Zealand (88) and Fiji (86). The next tournament kicks off a week today in Hong Kong.

 

 

 

 

 

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