Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022: Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa was named as the host venue for the 2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens by World Rugby this week after a World Rugby Council meeting was held in Tokyo, Japan.
Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022
It will be the first time the Rugby World Cup Sevens will be held in Africa, and the 8th edition of the World Cup will be played in September 2022.
Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby said after the announcement “We’re delighted that South Africa and Cape Town has been confirmed as hosts for 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.”
Eleven rugby unions had expressed an interest in hosting the 2022 RWC: Argentina, Cayman Islands, France, Germany, India, Jamaica, Malaysia, Qatar, Scotland, South Africa and Tunisia.
South Africa also famously hosted the XVs Rugby World Cup in 1995 which they won. They bid for the hosting rights of the 2023 RWC but France beat them and Ireland to the hosting rights.
Who will play at the Sevens RWC 2022?
The top 24 men’s and 16 women’s rugby sevens teams will play at the 7s Rugby World Cup at the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point. The competition will run for three days.
The Cape Town Stadium has a capacity of 55,000 and is already host to the HSBC Cape Town Sevens which is next held in December 2019. This year the Cape Town 7s will host both the women’s and men’s teams across three days for the first time.
World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “Congratulations to South Africa on being elected Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 hosts. We were 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.”
In addition to the Sevens RWC in 2022, the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series will also be contested and the Commonwealth Games (Birmingham, England) will be held in July 2022.
Sevens Rugby World Cup 2018
The Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 was held in San Francisco and attracted a record attendance for a rugby event in the USA. More than 100,000 fans attended the AT&T Park stadium and the broadcast audience in the US reached nine million viewers.
New Zealand’s men’s and women’s teams won their respective World Cups.
Find out about more rugby sevens in Asia:
- The Hong Kong Corporate 7s is this December.
- Read about the upcoming SEA Games this December which includes rugby sevens.
- Find out about the youth New Years Day rugby tournament in Hong Kong.
- The 2022 Gay Games in HK includes rugby 7s.
- 2020 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens and the Singapore Sevens 2020.