Cape Town Sevens to span three days after adding women’s event

By Michael Hudson

South Africa Rugby has confirmed that the country’s leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series, Cape Town Sevens, will take place over three action-packed days after the addition of a women’s event.

While Cape Town has hosted the men’s South African leg of the world series for four years, it will be hosting a women’s event for the first time. World Rugby earlier this year announced that the women’s world series tournaments will be increased to eight from six with Cape Town and Hamilton being the new two host locations.

SA Rugby chief executive Jurie Roux said the union was looking to build on the success of hosting the men’s world series tournament in the new combined event.

“We are extremely excited about the addition of the women’s event,” Roux was quoted as saying by IOL. “Over the last four years, the Cape Town Sevens has delivered a world-class event for spectators and players alike, and we are working very hard to ensure the same high standards and expectations are met this year.”

The Springbok women’s sevens team will make their home debut on the afternoon of Friday, December 13 at Cape Town Stadium, at the kick off of a long weekend of rugby action, which will culminate with men’s and women’s finals on Sunday evening (December 15).

A loyalty programme was introduced during the 2018 Cape Town sevens and is set to continue this year according to Roux. Loyal members will be rewarded this year with first option on tickets before they go to the general public.

“Last year, we responded to the market demand by creating a loyalty membership programme. Those loyalty members will be rewarded for their support this year with first option on tickets, before the balance goes on general sale.

“This is a high-demand event, and we are looking forward to closing the doors once again, while making sure we continue to improve and refine what the spectators can expect.”
The 2019/20 world series begins in Dubai on December 5th, before heading on to Cape Town.”

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