2015–16 World Rugby Sevens Series
|2015–16 World Rugby Sevens Series|
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The 2015–16 World Rugby Sevens Series, known for sponsorship reasons as the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, will be the 17th annual series of rugby union sevens tournaments for national rugby sevens teams. The Sevens Series has been run by World Rugby since 1999–2000. This season, the series will expand from nine to ten events.
- Core teams 1
- Changes 2.1
- References 3
- External links 4
Fourteen teams from the 2014-15 season retained core status for the 2015–16 season:
A 15th team, Russia, claimed core team status for the 2015–16 series at the 2015 Hong Kong Sevens qualifier. They replaced Japan, which lost core team status, having finished last of the 15 core teams in the 2014–15 Sevens World Series.
The official schedule for the 2015–16 World Rugby Sevens Series is as follows:
|Dubai||The Sevens||Dubai||4–5 December 2015|
|South Africa||Cape Town Stadium||Cape Town||12–13 December 2015|
|New Zealand||Westpac Stadium||Wellington||30–31 January 2016|
|Australia||Allianz Stadium||Sydney||6–7 February 2016|
|United States||Sam Boyd Stadium||Las Vegas||4-6 March 2016|
|Canada||BC Place||Vancouver||12–13 March 2016|
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong Stadium||Hong Kong||8–10 April 2016|
|Singapore||National Stadium||Singapore||16–17 April 2016|
|France||Stade Jean-Bouin||Paris||14–15 May 2016|
|England||Twickenham Stadium||London||20–22 May 2016|
There will be three new tournaments on the series, with two events being discontinued:
- The Canada Sevens will be a new stop at BC Place in Vancouver, paired with the USA Sevens.
- The Singapore Sevens will return, replacing the Japan Sevens.
- The Paris Sevens will return for the first time since 2006, replacing the Scotland Sevens.
Two other existing tournaments have announced venue changes:
- The Australia Sevens will move from Gold Coast to Sydney.
- The South Africa Sevens will move from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town.
- "Gosper: Monumental 12 months for rugby sevens ahead". WorldRugby.org. 31 March 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
- "HSBC partners with World Rugby for record-breaking sevens properties". Australian Rugby. 30 June 2015. Archived from the original on 30 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
- Kingston, Gary (23 February 2015). "BC Place to host World Rugby Sevens". Vancouver Sun. Archived from the original on 8 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
- "Australian leg of rugby Sevens World Series set to move to Sydney from Gold Coast in 2016".
- "Cape Town confirmed as Sevens host". Sport24. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
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