The Cape Town Sevens will be held in December after World Rugby announced on Wednesday, March 3 that a revamped and truncated edition of the HSBC World Rugby Seven Series will take place in 2021.

The South African leg of the series will be played at Cape Town Stadium from December 10 to 12 after it was not held in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to SA Rugby. Ticketing details are yet to be released.

The shortened schedule includes five women’s and four men’s rounds and starts in Paris in May, where two back-to-back women’s tournaments will be held. Next, the teams will head to Tokyo, Japan to participate in the Olympic Games in July.

The series will restart in Singapore at the end of October with a men’s tournament, followed by a joint tournament (men and women) in Hong Kong on November 5-7, Dubai [December 3-4] and the tournament will conclude in Cape Town.

“The HSBC Cape Town Sevens has delivered a world-class event for spectators and players alike since we moved the tournament to Cape Town stadium in 2015,” said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux.

Roux welcomed the announcement and added that the rugby establishment had been eagerly awaiting confirmation of one of South Africa’s most anticipated sporting events.

“We are working very hard to ensure the same high standards and expectations are met this year, given the changed environment and expected pandemic guidelines that will apply,” he said.

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