The remaining rounds of the women’s and men’s HSBC
World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 in Langford, London, Paris,
Singapore and Hong Kong have been cancelled due to the ongoing
global COVID19 pandemic, bringing the 2020 Series to an early
Zealand will be awarded both the women’s and men’s titles courtesy
of being top of the standings before the pandemic interrupted the
series, with five of the eight women’s rounds and six of the ten
men’s rounds successfully completed.
The Black Ferns
Sevens topped the podium in four of the five rounds in the
women’s series so far, while the All Blacks Sevens claimed
three victories and five podium finishes in the six rounds
completed in the men’s series.
Olympic Champions Australia
finish second in the women’s series with Canada in third.
men’s series, the 2018 champions South Africa finish in second
place with Olympic and 2019 series champions Fiji in third.
will be no relegation from the women’s or men’s Series in 2020.
“These difficult decisions have been taken
following detailed consultation with our union partners and in
line with advice from the various government and public health
agencies around the world, given the global nature of the HSBC
World Rugby Sevens Series,” said Sir Bill Beaumont, World Rugby Chairman. “Rugby sevens is a key driver of
global growth for our sport, particularly in emerging nations, and
it firmly remains a top priority for our organisation. As we begin
to see light at the end of the tunnel, 2021 has potential to be a
very exciting year for rugby sevens with the Tokyo Olympic Games
on the horizon.”
The HSBC World Rugby Challenger Series men’s
and women’s final events will also not take place in 2020 due to
the COVID19 pandemic.
The Challenger Series was launched by World
Rugby this year to boost rugby sevens’ development across the
globe, particularly in emerging nations, and this objective
remains a key priority, providing a promotion pathway into the
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
Japan have been awarded the
inaugural men’s Challenger Series title as they topped the
rankings after the two completed events, claiming gold and bronze
in the two rounds that took place earlier in 2020 in Chile and
Uruguay. Japan will join the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2021
as the sixteenth core team.
There will be no promotion to
the women’s series this year as the inaugural Challenger Series
event originally scheduled for 28-29 March in Stellenbosch, South
Africa was not able to take place.
As a result of these
amendments, seedings for the Tokyo Olympic Games will be adapted
to include results from the 2021 Series to ensure they provide the
most robust and accurate representation of current form when the
Games commence in July 2021.
HSBC Global Head of
Brand Partnerships Jonathan Castleman said, “As long-term global
partner of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, we fully support
the difficult decision taken to cancel these tournaments in
response to the ongoing impact of Coronavirus. The health, safety
and welfare of the players, fans and everyone working on the
events must be the priority. We will be working closely with our
partners, World Rugby, to help the sport rebuild and to ensure
that as soon as it is safe to do so, rugby sevens will once again
entertain and inspire communities around the world.”
Ticket holders for the cancelled
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 events in Langford, London,
Paris, Singapore and Hong Kong are advised to contact the event
organiser for more information regarding their respective event.
Pictures from 2019 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
Pictures from 2018 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
Pictures from 2017 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
Pictures from 2016 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
Pictures of Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015,
Pictures of the Asia Rugby Sevens Olympic Games Qualifier in Hong
Pictures of Singha Thailand Sevens 2015,
Pictures from the 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour in Hong Kong,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2014,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2013,
of Chartis Cup 2012 and
Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2012.