The Rugby World Cup Sevens is back for Cape Town rugby fans to enjoy.
The three-day event sees the eyes of the global rugby family turned on South Africa as the best players in the world from 40 teams battle for the title of men’s and women’s world champions. Cape Town provides a picturesque and iconic backdrop to the tournament and organisers are planning for a packed stadium with more teams, more action and more at stake than ever seen before at a Cape Town event.
The 2022 edition of Rugby World Cup Sevens follows a hugely successful event in San Francisco, the USA in 2018. It was New Zealand who came out on top in both the men’s and women’s tournaments – beating England and France respectively in the finals and will be looking to defend their titles in Cape Town.
As regular hosts of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, Cape Town is a highlight in every team’s calendar and provides the perfect location for Rugby World Cup Sevens to continue the strong momentum from the Tokyo Olympic Games to engage and inspire many more new players and fans around the world.
A number of sevens teams previously unseen at the Cape Town event – such as Colombia (women) and Hong Kong and Korea (men) – have already qualified to join five pre-qualified women’s teams and eight pre-qualified men’s teams, which include both the South Africa men’s and women’s teams. The event will be the first return of international rugby sevens to Cape Town in almost three years. The 2020 and 2021 Cape Town Sevens events both fell victim to the impact of the pandemic meaning Rugby World Cup Sevens will be the first chance since for fans to enjoy the unique spirit and atmosphere of rugby sevens again.