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Schedule for HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2022

World Rugby has confirmed the schedule for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2022.

The series will feature ten mens and seven womens rounds over six months, kicking off with a pair of combined mens and womens events in Dubai.

The Emirates Dubai Sevens will host a behind closed doors round on 26-27 November 2021, followed by a second event on 3-4 December with fans in attendance at The Sevens Stadium.

The series will then return to Europe as Spain plays host for the first time with combined mens and womens events in Malaga and Seville on 21-23 and 28-30 January 2022 respectively.

Ireland in action against Hong Kong in 2019, the last time Hong Kong hosted the HK7s. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

The new venues in Spain temporarily replace traditional Series hosts Sydney, Australia, and Hamilton, New Zealand, who were unable to host in 2022 due to the logistical challenges associated with the COVID19 pandemic in their region.

The mens series continues with North American rounds in Vancouver on 26-27 February and Los Angeles on 5-6 March before moving to Asia where Hong Kong returns to host a combined mens and womens event on 1-3 April, followed by a mens event in Singapore on 9-10 April.

A womens standalone event will take place in Langford, Canada, on 30 April-1 May before both mens and womens teams travel to a new series venue in Toulouse, France on 20-22 May where the womens series champions will be crowned.

The mens series will conclude with the final event in London on 28-29 May.

There are also changes with the competing teams. Japan join the mens series as a core team following their promotion as HSBC World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series champions in 2020.

Great Britain will compete in the opening two rounds of the series in Dubai, as part of the standing agreement to play the calendar year 2021, before reverting to compete as national unions for the remainder of the 2022 series, with England, Scotland and Wales participating in the mens series and England in the womens series.

The 16 mens core teams after the Dubai events are Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, USA and Wales.

South Africa will enter the 2022 Series as defending champions after claiming the 2021 title in Edmonton, Canada, in September, while New Zealand, who were unable to compete in Canada, were the 2020 Series winners.

The 11 core womens teams after the Dubai events are Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Russia, Spain and USA. New Zealands Black Ferns Sevens will be aiming to defend their title after being crowned champions in 2020.

The series will be followed by the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on 29-31 July and the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Cape Town on 9-11 September.

World Rugby Chief Executive Alan Gilpin said, Alongside popular and traditional rugby sevens venues it will be exciting to take the series to new venues in Spain and France as the game continues to expand and captivate new audiences around the world with its fast, skillful and thrilling format. Rugby sevens is a key driver of global growth for our sport, particularly in emerging nations, and it firmly remains a top priority for our organisation.

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