Women Boks get chance at expanded Cape Town sevens tournament

Women Boks get chance at expanded Cape Town sevens tournament

The women’s World Rugby Sevens Series will be increased to eight tournaments for the first time in its history over the next four-year cycle and the women Springboks will get a chance to play in the Cape Town tournament in the next series.

World Rugby on Wednesday announced a new look men’s and women’s World Rugby Sevens Series which includes at least six combined men’s and women’s events, as the women’s series increases to eight rounds for the first time in its history over the next four-year cycle.

Dubai, Cape Town, New Zealand, Sydney, Hong Kong and Paris will host combined men’s and women’s sevens events from next season onwards as part of the next four-year world series hosting cycle.

♦ In the women’s series, the USA Women’s Sevens will again be hosted in Glendale, Colorado, with Langford, British Columbia, also remaining as a standalone event next season.

♦ In addition, nine out of 10 host locations for the next four-year cycle of the men’s World Rugby Sevens Series 2019-23 have also been confirmed with the host location in the USA (currently Las Vegas) to be confirmed at a later stage in the present season.

♦ The Springbok women’s team took part in last year’s Commonwealth Games an also the World Cup, but appearances in the World Rugby Sevens Series since 2014 have been few.

In all, they played only nine tournaments since then with no tournament in 2015. They could only accumulate 21 points in total in those nine tournaments.

SA Rugby CEO, Jurie Roux, welcomed the decision taken by World Rugby.

"This is a wonderful addition to the already very successful Cape Town Sevens and a massive boost for women's rugby in South Africa," said Roux.

"We are constantly looking at ways of improving the fan experience and I know many of our loyal supporters will be pleasantly surprised when they see the levels of skill and commitment shown by the women.

"Apart from that, it will create another opportunity for Paul Delport and the Springbok Women's Sevens team to play together in a tough tournament, but also to play in front of their family and friends, something that doesn't happen often."

Paul Delport, Springbok Women's Sevens coach, thanked World Rugby for their decision

"Cape Town is a fantastic place to play and it will be a proper home tournament for us," said Delport.

Zintle Mpupha, Springbok Women's Sevens captain, said: "We've all dreamed about playing at home one day, so this is really a dream come true for us. We can't wait to play in front of our own people in Cape Town."

The dates for the 2019/20 World Rugby Sevens Series will be confirmed in due course by World Rugby, after which SA Rugby will announce ticket details for the revamped Cape Town Sevens.