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World Rugby outlines new-look sevens series

World Rugby has today (Wednesday) announced plans for a new-look men’s and women’s sevens series that will feature at least six combined events.

Starting from the 2019-20 campaign, the women’s world series will also expand to include eight rounds for the first time. The men’s world series will remain at 10 rounds.

Dubai, Cape Town, Hamilton (New Zealand), Sydney, Hong Kong and Paris will host combined men’s and women’s events from next season as part of the next four-year hosting cycle.

In the women’s series, Glendale in Colorado will once again host the USA Women’s Sevens, while the competition in Langford, British Columbia will continue as a standalone event.

Nine out of the 10 host locations for the next four-year cycle of the men’s world series have also been confirmed, with Cape Town, Dubai, Hamilton, Hong Kong, London, Singapore, Sydney, Paris and Vancouver set to feature once again. The host of the US event will be confirmed later in the season.

Banking group HSBC serves as the series’ title sponsor.