Dates confirmed for IRB Sevens

2014-03-05 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The International Rugby Board (IRB) has announced the dates for the HSBC Sevens World Series 2014/15, which has gained in significance with the recent announcement that the top four-ranked nations will qualify from it directly for the Olympic Games in 2016.

According to the IRB’s official website, the 16th edition of the record-breaking series will visit the same nine countries as the current 2013/14 season with two changes to the order of rounds. The event in the U.S. will be played the weekend after the one in New Zealand, and Japan’s tournament will follow the one in Hong Kong.

“With the World Series now confirmed as a key part of Olympic qualifying for Rio 2016, we are delighted to have nine such strong tournaments showcasing these world class athletes and the strength of global sevens competition,” commented IRB chairperson Bernard Lapasset.

Sevens World Series 2014/15

Round 1: Australia, October 11-12, 2014

Round 2: UAE, December 5-6, 2014

Round 3: SA, December 13-14, 2014

Round 4: New Zealand, February 6-7, 2015

Round 5: USA, February 13-15, 2015

Round 6: Hong Kong, March 27-29, 2015

Round 7: Japan, April 4-5, 2015

Round 8: Scotland, May 9-10, 2015

Round 9: England, May 16-17, 2015.

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