In 2019, Cape Town, South Africa, was confirmed as the host of the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022, which will take place from 9-11 September 2022.
This will be the first time the Rugby World Cup Sevens will be held in Africa and the 8th edition of the World Cup overall.
World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said at the time of the announcement: “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.”
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.
World Rugby confirmed that the top eight men’s teams and top four women’s teams from the RWC Sevens 2018 in San Francisco, USA, have already secured automatic qualification for the tournament in 2022.
These teams have qualified based on their performance from the previous RWC Sevens in San Francisco in 2018:
Regional qualification started in August 2021 with further details to be announced at a later stage.
The Asian qualifiers were the winners and runner-up nations for the women and men in the Asia Rugby Sevens Series played in December 2022 in Dubai.
World Rugby announced the 18 match officials for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 in June:
In August 2022, it was confirmed that ChildFund is the Principal Charity Partner of the tournament and ChildFund is set to support a festival of sevens rugby in Cape Town.
Megapro were confirmed as the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 exclusive sponsorship sales agency for the tournament in South Africa in March 2021.
World Rugby Chief Commercial Officer Tom Hill said: “We are delighted to be working with Megapro as we enter the market with an exciting portfolio of Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 partnership opportunities.”
Megapro specialise in the commercialisation of rights and sponsorship sales across a variety of sports and entertainment properties within South Africa. They have been operating in South Africa for the past 30 years.
In May 2021, World Rugby announced details of the pathways for qualification.
World Rugby confirmed that the Rugby World Cup (RWC) Sevens tickets will go on sale on Monday, 28 February 2022 at 07:00 GMT (09:00 SAST) at www.rwcsevens.com.
In February 2022, World Rugby said FNB and RMB Private Bank clients are being provided “exclusive benefits and experiences that will be announced in due course” with regards to ticket sales.
Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 tickets will cost between R150 ($9.90 / €8.65 / £7.30) and R1,750 ($115 / €100 / £85) with most tickets (72%) priced between R250 ($16.50 / €14.50 / £12.15) for category D on Day One to R1,350 ($89 / €78 / £66) for Category B on Day Three said World Rugby.
Discounted family and scholar tickets and packages, as well as a ‘Party Stand’ packages, will also be available.