Cape Town has been confirmed by World Rugby as the hosts for the 2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens.The declaration was made in Tokyo on Tuesday after the World Rugby Council granted the facilitating rights for the head competition to South Africa at its between time meeting.
In September 2022 the eighth edition of the feature event will be in Cape Town and it will be the first event that Rugby World Cup Sevens has been facilitated on the African mainland.
“We’re delighted that South Africa and Cape Town has been confirmed as hosts for the 2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby.
“We have been eager to host global rugby tournaments for a number of years and to have the flagship event in the growing the sport of Sevens come to South Africa is exciting.
“We saw how the sport engaged the audience in San Francisco, last year and we are certain that it will be just as big a success in Cape Town
The world’s best 24 men and 16 women rugby sevens groups will take to the field at the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point where they will go after world’s champion more than three days.
The 55,000-limit arena is the venue that successfully hosts HSBC Cape Town Sevens. This year the setting will have both men and women over three days of competition for the first time.
The arrival of the venue on the African landmark for the first time was welcomed by Mr Khaled Babbou, the leader of Rugby Africa.
“Rugby Africa is very proud and happy that this tournament is coming to Africa,” he said. “It will add to the growth of the game on the continent. Congratulations to the South African Rugby Union”
Roux stated:“The HSBC Cape Town Sevens has established itself as a rugby bucket-list tournament in the past few years and we’re sure that international visitors to the event will experience a great tournament at an ideal rugby venue in a fantastic city.””
Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 will be played during September 2022 thinking about the worldwide schedule, including the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and the Commonwealth Games that will occur in Birmingham, England in July 2022.
Competition dates will be confirmed at the appointed time.