The IRB Series Champions for 2008/2009, South Africa will commence their title defence in the desert city of Dubai in the first week of December 2009.
Marius “Shoes” Schoeman celebrates SA winning the 2008/2009 IRB Sevens World Series
The IRB has announced the schedule for the 2009/2010 IRB Sevens World Series with only one change. Instead of following the “Mother of all Sevens” tournament in Hong Kong, the Adelaide Sevens this time around will be played the week before Hong Kong.
The 2009/10 IRB Sevens World Series starts once again with the two events in Dubai and George, South Africa, in December 2009.
The Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens will kick off the 11th year of the Sevens World Series on 4-5 December at ‘The Sevens’, Dubai’s purpose-built sporting venue which staged last year’s event and the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens for both men and women in March.
A week later, the Emirates Airline South Africa Sevens follows on 11-12 December in George on the country’s famous Garden Route.
The IRB Sevens World Series will visit five continents over a six month period and feature eight established Grand Prix style events, hosted by the same eight countries as the last three World Series. There is, however, one change to the schedule as Australia host the Adelaide Sevens the week before Hong Kong in March 2010.
“The 10th year of the Sevens World Series was a huge celebration of Rugby filled with exciting, explosive action, fiercely contested matches, world class athletes, packed stadia and hundreds of spectacular tries,” said IRB Sevens Manager, Beth Coalter.
“As we embark on the second decade of the Sevens World Series, I am sure 2009/10 will be another massive year for the Game, and we look forward to seeing newly crowned champions, South Africa, defend their title for the first time in Dubai.”
IRB Chairman, Bernard Lapasset said: “These are very exciting times for Rugby Sevens with the sport represented at the World Games in Kaohsiung this month, and the Commonwealth Games Sevens finishing the Sevens calendar in 2010. By the time the World Series kicks off in December, we will also know if Rugby Sevens is to be played at the 2016 Olympic Games”
“Sevens possesses Rugby’s only World Series and it is our hope that the Game’s global appeal, true competitiveness and popularity with fans, broadcasters and sponsors will mark it out as a discipline to truly enhance the Olympic movement,” added Lapasset.
The 2009/2010 IRB Sevens World Series Schedule:
Dubai (UAE) 4-5 December 2009
George (South Africa) 11-12 December 2009
Wellington (New Zealand) 4-6 February 2010
USA 13-14 February 2010
Adelaide (Australia) 20-21 March 2010
Hong Kong (China SAR) 26, 27, 28 March 2010
London (England) 22-23 May 2010
Edinburgh (Scotland) 29-30 May 2010