Cape Town will host the 2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens.
“We have been eager to host global rugby tournaments for a number of years and to have the flagship event in the growing sport of Sevens come to South Africa is exciting,” SA Rugby chief executive Jurie Roux said after the World Rugby Council awarded the hosting rights at its Interim Meeting in Tokyo on Tuesday.
“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 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 [Rugby World Cup Sevens] will experience a great tournament at an ideal rugby venue in a fantastic city.”
South Africa was awarded the tournament after an initial record 11 unions — Argentina, Cayman Islands, France, Germany, India, Jamaica, Malaysia, Qatar, Scotland, South Africa and Tunisia – had confirmed an expression of interest to the international federation.
World Rugby chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said the governing body had been “impressed with South Africa’s detailed and comprehensive bid and we look forward to working in partnership with them on another inspiring and record-breaking tournament”.
“South Africa have a proven track record of delivering a sell-out event in the HSBC Cape Town Sevens, which is an esteemed tournament on the world series circuit and will be of huge value to the planning and execution of Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022.
“About to make its second appearance on the Olympic Games program at Tokyo 2020, rugby sevens is an innovative and thriving format of the game that has enormous appeal, and we are excited about the positive impact that another successful Rugby World Cup Sevens will have on our sport.”
The world’s best 24 men’s and 16 women’s rugby sevens teams will contest the tournament at Cape Town Stadium, the 55,000-capacity venue that hosts the Cape Town Sevens.
This year the venue will host both men’s and women’s teams across three days of competition for the first time. The tournament will be played during September 2022 in consideration of the international calendar that will feature the Commonwealth Games, in Birmingham, England, in July 2022, as well as the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.