The World Series of sevens will land in Spain in 2022

This Tuesday, October 12, World Rugby has made the schedule for its HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2022 official, in which for the first time in history it includes Spain as the venue and with two tournaments, both male and female, in Malaga and Seville, on January 21-23 and 28-30, 2022, respectively.

Without a doubt, another excellent news for Spanish rugby after the success of the Madrid 7s International Tournament held in February this year at the Complutense University. and once again to collaborate with World Rugby in organizing major events in these difficult times of pandemic.

After informing the Higher Sports Council (CSD) and waiting to have all the organizational guarantees that will be provided by the Kiwi House company, the Spanish Rugby Federation (FER) would like to thank the Junta de Andalucía for its willingness to The HSBC Spain Sevens Málaga and the HSBC Spain Sevens Sevilla put their autonomous community on the world rugby seven map by temporarily replacing Sydney (Australia) and Hamilton (New Zealand), cities that cannot host the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the same information provided by the highest world rugby body, which the FER can only thank for its trust, the HSBC World Rugby Seven Series 2022 they will include ten men’s and seven women’s tournaments during the six months of competition. This will begin with a couple of combined events for men and women in Dubai and, together with the Spanish venues in Malaga and Seville, the French city of Toulouse will be incorporated.

A unique system is introduced to mitigate the risk that some teams will not be able to participate in all the series and to determine the classifications of each one of them, as well as to decide the relegation in 2022. Rugby seven continues to grow after the successful Tokyo Olympics, which generated more than 22 million video views and more than 100 million social media impressions. World Rugby heralds an exciting year with the 2022 Series, followed by the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, July 29-31, and the Rugby Seven World Cup in Cape Town, September 9-11.

The Emirates Dubai Sevens will host a closed-door series on November 26-27 this year, followed by a second event on December 3-4 with fans in attendance at The Sevens Stadium. After passing through Europe, the Men’s Series will continue with rounds in Vancouver, February 26-27, and Los Angeles, March 5-6, before traveling to Asia, where Hong Kong returns to host a combined men’s and women’s event. April 1-3, followed by a men’s event in Singapore April 9-10.

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An independent women’s tournament will be held in Langford, Canada, from April 30 to May 1, before the men’s and women’s teams travel to a new venue in Toulouse., from May 20 to 22, where the champions of the women’s series will be crowned. The men’s series concludes with the final event in London from 28 to 29 May.

Japan joins the circuit as a regular team after being promoted to HSBC World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series champion in 2020 and Great Britain will compete in the first two rounds in Dubai, as part of the permanent agreement to play in 2021, before returning to compete as England, Scotland and Wales for the remainder of WRSS 2022.

Thus, the 16 men’s teams after Dubai will be Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, the United States and Wales. While the 11 women will be Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Russia, Spain and the United States.

“Following an outstanding, competitive and high-impact Olympic Games, it is fantastic to be able to announce the full schedule for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2022,” says World Rugby CEO Alan Gilpin, for whom “alongside the traditional venues of rugby sevens it will be exciting to bring the Series to new venues in Spain and France, while the sport continues to grow and captivate new audiences around the world with its speedy format, skill and passion. Seven continues to be a key engine for the growth of our sport, particularly in emerging nations, and remains firmly a priority of our organization. ”

In 2019, before the pandemic, the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series broke connection records with supporters, with a 64% year-on-year growth in video views – 198 million – and with more than 749,800 viewers in the sum of its events global. The growth trend also occurred on television, reporting a 20% growth in cumulative audience in 2020, with 13.9 million viewers, compared to 11.7 for the same period in 2019. The inclusion of rugby seven for the first time in the 2016 Rio Olympics had a huge effect on the sport, attracting some 30 million new supporters to rugby according to a Nielsen report.

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