World Rugby and host South Africa Rugby today confirmed that Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 in Cape Town will be played from September 9-11, 2022.
The eighth edition it will be the first to be played in Africa and the organizers anticipate a very special record-breaking event at the iconic Cape Town Stadium, with a capacity of 57,654.
RWC Sevens 2022 will be contested by 24 men’s and 16 women’s teams
Top eight men’s and four women’s teams from the very successful RWC Sevens 2018 in San Francisco, USA, they have already secured their direct qualification for the tournament in 2022.
In the men, the defending champions have already qualified New Zealand, England, South Africa, Fiji, Argentina, USA, France and Scotland, while the defenders New Zealand, France, Australia and the United States are the confirmed women’s teams for Cape Town. South African women will join as host country.
Teams that did not qualify automatically They will do so through their respective regional tournaments in Europe, Oceania, Asia, North America, South America and Africa. There are 16 spots available for men and eleven for women through regional competitions.
The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series will not be part of the qualifying path for Rugby World Cup Sevens.
The regional classification would start in August of this year, with more details to be announced in due course.
World Rugby President Sir Bill Beaumont said: “We are delighted to announce the 2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens dates alongside the unveiling of an attractive new branding that truly captures the tournament’s unique spirit of fun and carnival.”
“It is a great era for rugby sevens, less than 70 days before the start of the Olympic Games in Tokyo and now Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 is also on the horizon. South Africa has a rich tradition in organizing international sevens events, and we know that Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 will once again raise the bar for this unique tournament and it will be unforgettable. “
“South African rugby is looking forward to turning the vibe of its new brand into the vibe of a sold-out live event, where it can showcase both its country and its passion for rugby,” said Mark Alexander, president of SA Rugby. ” This will be the first World Cup for adults since 1995 and we are determined to make it special. “
“The HSBC Cape Town Sevens is recognized as a must-see event on our national sports calendar and we will take this Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 to the next level.”
Along with the confirmation of the dates and the new qualifying path, the signature of the tournament, developed by World Rugby and SA Rugby, was also unveiled. “
The attractive logo radiates unity, energy and passion, celebrating the spirit of rugby sevens, lighting up Cape Town’s finest rugby scene as the best men’s and women’s teams from around the world compete to be crowned world champions.
World Rugby Marketing Director Marissa Pace said: “Our aim is to ignite the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 with a clear logo, reflecting the speed and dynamism of the sevens, with the vibe of Cape Town and South Africa. With Table Mountain central in the new logo, our team also included elements to represent the year and the iconic Cape Town Stadium. We look forward to seeing the logo come to life with our partners and the hosts of South Africa Rugby. ”
The tournament is expected to continue to grow since the very successful 2018 tournament at AT&T Park in San Francisco, which drew record viewers for a rugby event in the United States with more than 100,000 fans.
Additionally, RWC Sevens 2018 attracted a cumulative local and international audience of over 24 million and 31 million respectively. This included a record 1.7 million on his final day. There were also 22.5 million views of the videos on World Rugby’s social media channels during the tournament.