World Rugby confirms dates for next tourneys

Fiji celebrates a pool match win at the Canada 7s in Vancouver. Picture: SUPPLIED /FILE

The World Rugby Sevens Series 2022 men’s events in Vancouver and Los Angeles have been rescheduled.

The Canada Sevens, which was scheduled for February 26-27, will now take place on April 16-17 while the LA Sevens moves from March 5-6 to August 27 – 28 and will stage the grand final of the men’s series.

The events have been rescheduled because of continuing global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. South Africa and Australia lead the men’s and women’s series standings after two rounds after winning the Dubai 7s last year.

The series continues in Spain with the Malaga 7s this weekend and Seville 7s next weekend.

World Rugby chief executive officer Alan Gilpin said: “Our collective focus is on ensuring the events are as safe, impactful and enjoyable for all involved and therefore rescheduling is the best course of action.”

He said rugby 7s players and fans could look forward to a busy 2022 with the series, the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, from July 29 – 31 and the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Cape Town, South Africa, from September 9-11.

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