Cape Town Sevens (photo by Ziyaad Douglas / Gallo Images)
- The dates for the 2022 Sevens Rugby World Cup have been announced.
- Cape Town Stadium will host 24 men’s teams and 16 women’s teams from 9-11 September next year.
- The Springbok Sevens (male) and Imbokodo (female) teams are included in the player list.
SA Rugby and World Rugby confirmed in a joint statement on Tuesday that the Sevens Rugby World Cup 2022 in Cape Town will take place in the next year of 9-11 september.
The eighth edition – which will be played by 24 men’s and 16 women’s teams – is the first to be held in Africa, with organizers anticipating a record event at Cape Town’s iconic Stadium with a capacity of 57 654.
The top eight men’s teams and the top four women’s teams from the RWC Sevens 2018 in San Francisco, USA, have already secured automatic qualification for the 2022 tournament.
The teams classified for the men’s event are the current champions New Zealand, England, Blitzboks, Fiji, Argentina, USA, France and Scotland.
Among the women’s teams, Springbok Women’s Sevens will join current champions New Zealand, France, Australia and the USA.
Teams that did not qualify automatically will do so through their respective regional tournaments held in Europe, Oceania, Asia, North America, South America and Africa. There are 16 seats available in the men’s tournament and 11 in the women’s in regional competitions.
The global regulator added that the World Rugby Sevens Series would no longer be part of the qualification path for the Rugby World Cup Sevens.
Regional qualification is expected to start in August 2021, with more details to be announced at a later stage.
“We are pleased to announce tournament dates for the 2022 Sevens Rugby World Cup, along with the launch of a brand new brand that truly captures the unique, fun and carnival spirit of the tournament,” said World Rugby President Bill Beaumont said in a statement.
“This is an exciting time for rugby seven, with less than 70 days to go to the Tokyo Olympics and now with the 2022 Rugby World Cup also on the horizon.
“South Africa has a rich history of hosting seven world-class international rugby events and we anticipate that the 2022 Rugby World Cup will once again raise the bar for this unique tournament and it will be like no other.”
Chairman of SA Rugby Mark Alexander He added: “South African rugby is eager to transform the vibe of this new brand into the vibe of a packed live event where we can showcase our country and our passion for the sport.
“This will be the first senior World Cup we’ve hosted since 1995 and we’re determined to make it special in our own way.
“The Cape Town Sevens has established itself as an important must-see event on our national sporting calendar, but we will take the 2022 Rugby World Cup to the next level.”
Meanwhile, the bespoke tournament branding, developed in collaboration with World Rugby and SA Rugby, was also unveiled.
“The landmark brand radiates unity, energy and passion and celebrates the spirit of the seven-a-side rugby that will light up Cape Town’s finest rugby stage, with the best men’s and women’s teams from around the world competing to be crowned world champions,” SA Rugby said in a statement.
World Rugby Marketing Director Marissa Pace commented: “Our aim is to ignite the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 with a bold brand of events, reflecting the fast pace and dynamic play of the Sevens, but also the vibe of Cape Town and South Africa.
“With Table Mountain at the heart of the new logo, our team has also added elements to represent the year of the event and the iconic Cape Town Stadium. We are looking forward to seeing the brand come to life through our African Rugby hosts and partners southern . “
The tournament is expected to build on the successful 2018 edition, hosted at AT&T Park in San Francisco, which drew record attendance for a US rugby event with a total participation of over 100,000 fans
In addition, RWC Sevens 2018 attracted a cumulative domestic and global broadcast audience of more than 24 million and 31 million viewers, respectively, which included a record live broadcast audience of 1.7 million on its final day. The tournament also leveraged 22.5 million social media video views on World Rugby channels over the course of the event.
Details of the ticket sales launch will be announced later this year.