I’m looking forward to the upcoming HSBC Sevens Rugby World Series, which kicks off in Australia on 25 November 2011. With a good mix of entertaining rugby and festive tournaments around the world, it’s no surprise that Sevens rugby has really taken off in the last few years. There’s also plenty of interest in South Africa now with the recent success of the national team – the BlitzBokke.
The 2011/2012 HSBC Sevens World Series has been expanded to include a ninth venue in Japan, adding to the list of hosts which includes Australia, Dubai, South Africa, New Zealand, USA, Hong Kong, Scotland and England. The South Africa Sevens tournament has moved from George and will now be held in Port Elizabeth at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. It would’ve been great to have the event at the Cape Town Stadium but I’m sure PE will be excellent hosts, as they showed in the Tri-Nations earlier this year. Tickets are available for the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens at Computicket and prices range from R80 to R300. I’ll post information on the fixtures for that tournament as soon as I have details.
Here’s the schedule for the 2011/2012 HSBC Sevens Rugby World Series:
- Round 1: 25 – 26 November 2011
Skilled Stadium, Gold Coast, Australia
- Round 2: 2 – 3 December 2011
7he Sevens Stadium, Dubai
- Round 3: 9 – 10 December 2011
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
- Round 4: 3 – 4 February 2012
Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand
- Round 5: 10 – 12 February 2012
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, USA
- Round 6: 23 – 25 March 2012
Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
- Round 7: 31 March – 1 April 2012
The Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground, Tokyo, Japan
- Round 8: 5 – 6 May 2012
Murrayfield Stadium , Edinburgh, Scotland
- Round 9: 12 – 13 May 2012
Twickenham Stadium, London, England
New Zealand, South Africa, Fiji and England will be some of the favourites in the 2011/2012 Sevens World Series but there are always surprises along the way. That’s one of the factors that makes the Sevens game so popular. And don’t forget, Sevens rugby is only going to get bigger, as we look forward to seeing the event debut at the Olympic Games debut in Rio in 2016.