World Rugby has confirmed the schedule for the much-anticipated HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2022 as the sport looks to capitalise on a highly successful and impactful Olympic Games in Tokyo.
- The 2022 Series will include 10 men’s and seven women’s rounds over six months
- Series to kick-off with a pair of combined men’s and women’s events in Dubai
- Three new hosts as Malaga and Seville in Spain, and Toulouse in France welcome teams
- Unique system introduced to mitigate the risk of some teams not being able to participate in all events and to determine Series rankings and decide relegation in 2022
- Rugby sevens continues to grow following highly successful Olympics in Tokyo which generated more than 22 million video views and over 100 million social media impressions
- Exciting year ahead with the 2022 Series followed by the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on 29-31 July and Rugby World Cup Sevens in Cape Town on 9-11 September
The Emirates Dubai Sevens will host a behind closed doors round on 26-27 November, 2021, followed by a second event on 3-4 December with fans in attendance at The Sevens Stadium.
The Series will then return to Europe as Spain plays host for the first time with combined men’s and women’s events in Malaga and Seville on 21-23 and 28-30 January, 2022 respectively. The new venues in Spain temporarily replace traditional Series hosts Sydney, Australia, and Hamilton, New Zealand, who were unable to host in 2022 due to the logistical challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic in their region.
The men’s Series continues with North American rounds in Vancouver on 26-27 February and Los Angeles on 5-6 March before moving to Asia where Hong Kong returns to host a combined men’s and women’s event on 1-3 April, followed by a men’s event in Singapore on 9-10 April. A women’s standalone event will take place in Langford, Canada, on 30 April-1 May before both men’s and women’s teams travel to a new Series venue in Toulouse, France, on 20-22 May where the women’s Series champions will be crowned. The men’s Series concludes with the final event in London on 28-29 May.
There are also changes with the competing teams. Japan join the men’s Series as a core team following their promotion as HSBC World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series champions in 2020.
Great Britain will compete in the opening two rounds of the Series in Dubai, as part of the standing agreement to play the calendar year 2021, before reverting to compete as national unions for the remainder of the 2022 Series, with England, Scotland and Wales participating in the men’s Series and England in the women’s series.
The 16 men’s core teams after the Dubai events are Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, USA and Wales.
South Africa will enter the 2022 Series as defending champions after claiming the 2021 title in Edmonton, Canada, in September, while New Zealand, who were unable to compete in Canada, were the 2020 Series winners.
The 11 core women’s teams after the Dubai events are Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Russia, Spain and USA. New Zealand’s Black Ferns Sevens will be aiming to defend their title after being crowned champions in 2020.
Noting that Great Britain will compete in the opening two rounds, a points system will be developed that promotes fairness for all competing teams, including those who comprise Great Britain. This will also recognise situations where teams may not be able to participate in any rounds owing to COVID-19.
@crucial Yeah, although I assume they could use the affected tournaments as an opportunity to give game time to the younger and other sevens players without SR contracts.
SRA is in March I think. The Women's sevens in Seville should be OK (unless we still have long MIQ type stuff). However, it is HK at beginning of April with double points (?) after a two month break. Surely the Sevens coaches will want them back at least two weeks before?
Totally forgot that the (2021/)2022 Series started this weekend, without NZ participation, by the way.
The All Blacks Sevens have begun pre-season training. They will not compete in the first two tournaments in Dubai due to Covid-19 travel restrictions but will re-join the World Series in 2022.
An earlier media release (about the Hamilton and Sydney tournaments not taking place in 2022) had this info:
Although several tournaments on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series will resume in 2021, the Black Ferns Sevens and All Blacks Sevens will not be traveling to those events due to current travel restrictions in place.
NZR and Rugby Australia will continue to consult with World Rugby regarding the establishment of several regional Oceania Sevens tournaments with the support of the Australian government, as preparation for the men's and women's teams ahead of the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
I don't think there's more info, apart from social media posts with photos of preseason training (posted by players).
The first tournament in 2022 (21 - 23 January) will be played in Malaga.
Some new faces in both the men's and women's squad with an injection of youth.
Kurt Baker (Hawkes)
Leroy Carter (Bay of Plenty)
Che Clark (Auckland)
Dylan Collier (Waikato)
Scott Curry (Bay of Plenty)
Sam Dickson (Canterbury)
Rhodes Featherstone (Taranaki)
Trael Joass (Bay of Plenty)
Andrew Knewstubb (Horowhenua Kapiti)
Moses Leo (North Harbour)
Ngarohi McGarvey-Black (East Coast)
Tim Mikkelson (Waikato)
Sione Molia (Counties Manukau)
Tone Ng Shiu (Auckland)
Amanaki Nicole (Southland)
Akuila Rokolisoa (Counties Manukau)
Brady Rush (Northland)
Roderick Solo (Wellington)
Caleb Tangitau (Auckland)
Kitiona Vai (Auckland)
Regan Ware (Tasman)
Joe Webber (Bay of Plenty).
Shakira Baker (Bay of Plenty)
Micheala Blyde (Bay of Plenty)
Kelly Brazier (Bay of Plenty)
Gayle Broughton (Taranaki)
Theresa Fitzpatrick (Auckland)
Stacey Fluhler (Waikato)
Sarah Hirini (Manawatu)
Jaz Hotham (Waikato)
Shiray Kaka (Waikato)
Jorja Miller (Canterbury)
Tyla Nathan Wong (Northland)
Manaia Nuku (Bay of Plenty)
Risi Pouri-Lane (Bay of Plenty)
Alena Saili (Bay of Plenty)
Terina Te Tamaki (Waikato)
Kelsey Teneti (Waikato)
Ruby Tui (Counties Manukau)
Niall Williams (Auckland)
Tenika Willison (Waikato)
Portia Woodman (Northland)
As I've said before Coombes-Fabling has shown that he is a very good sevens players, but I assume that he wants to focus on XVs.
To small for most coaches/selectors at higher levels I would think. (At wing anyway)
He is definitely too small to play wing in XVs at the higher level, which is why I think sevens is a better option. SA have a lot of quick players of a similar size. In the video below LCF is not always on the wing. He's good over the ball too, and scored the first and last (game-winning) try of the match.
2022 World Sevens Series