Australia, NZ miss out on World Sevens Series event due to Covid-19

Sydney has missed out on internet hosting a World Rugby Sevens sequence leg attributable to logistical challenges related to the coronavirus.

The 2022 schedule was introduced on Tuesday with the sequence to kick off with a pair of males’s and girls’s rounds in Dubai beginning in November.

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However whereas Hong Kong returns as a cease, Sydney and Hamilton (New Zealand) have missed out due to its stringent pandemic protocols.

As a substitute, Spain will play host for the primary time with males’s and girls’s occasions scheduled in Malaga and Seville from January 21-23 and January 28-30.

Toulouse in France will even welcome groups in Could subsequent 12 months.

The sequence could have 10 males’s and 7 girls’s rounds over six months. The primary spherical in Dubai will probably be behind closed doorways from November 26-27 adopted by one other on December 3-4 with followers in attendance at The Sevens Stadium.

“Lots of laborious work has gone on behind the scenes to make sure we will announce a full Sequence schedule right now,” World Rugby CEO Alan Gilpin stated in an announcement.

“We thank HSBC, the host organisations, unions, industrial and broadcast companions for his or her unwavering help and spirit of collaboration as we navigate the challenges of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic collectively.”

The boys’s sequence will even have a North American spherical in Vancouver (February 26-27) and Los Angeles (March 5-6) earlier than transferring to Asia, the place Hong Kong will host a males’s and girls’s occasion (April 1-3) after a spot of two years.

That will probably be adopted by a males’s occasion in Singapore (April 9-10).

“As ever, the well being and welfare of gamers, followers and wider society continues to be our main concern and we are going to work carefully with all stakeholders to make sure the protected supply of the Sequence,” Gilpin stated.

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