Vancouver confirmed as venue for 7s Series

By the punter
Feb 24, 2021
  • Fiji fans celebrate the team's win of the U.S. 7's leg in Las Vegas. With Vancouver named as one of the venues next season, Las Vegas may lose out. (Photo by David Kiania)

The World Rugby has finally come out to say Vancouver in Canada will host one of the legs of the Sevens World Series.

This confirms what has been on the lips of many rugby followers since December last year when it was first leaked that Canada, Singapore and probably France were being considered as venues from the 2015/2016 season.

No reference has been made on whether Las Vegas will remain as hosts. Vancouver and Las Vegas are in North America.

In Las Vegas, Vancouver's bid was still hush. Liam Middleton, the Canada 7's coach who spoke to sportsnewsarena.com in Las Vegas was still unsure. "If it is true, that will be a big boost for the game in Canada," he told this reporter.

Some Canadian rugby fans who had picked up the buzz and were in Las Vegas to support their team were also excited at the prospect of a home tournament.

According to vancitybuzz.com, the tournament will be held at B.C. Place stadium.

Bernard Lapasset, the World Rugby chairman stated: "It's inclusion within a stellar Series hosting line-up, is great for the players, great for fans and great for the ongoing prosperity and development of rugby in Canada and around the globe."

There could be surprise announcements in the next few weeks of the new venues. Already, Australia's leg which has been hosted by in Adelaide and Gold Coast moves to Sydney next year in October.

Fears that Port Elizabeth in South Africa could lose the hosting rights have been laid to rest for the time being after a consortium of businesses and intense lobbying won the day.

In Canada, Vancouver's B.C. Place has a capacity of 54,000 and a new synthetic playing surface will be installed and should be ready for the FIFA Women's World Cup in Summer.

John Furlong, the co-chair of the Bid Team said: "Canadian fans will see Canada's rising rugby stars face such powerhouse teams as the All-Blacks, Springboks, Wallabies and more in an electrifying, non-stop atmosphere with the world watching."

Canada has competed every year in the Sevens World Series since the inaugural tournament in 1999. Rugby will be introduced as an Olympic sport in 2016 in Rio de Jeneiro.

Women's 7's for Gold Coast

Elsewhere, Gold Coast which has hosted the Australian leg of the Sevens World Series will be the venue for the venue for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) and Australian Rugby Union announced the inclusion of women's seven-a-side rugby in the program joining the men's sevens which has been part of the games since 1998 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

This will be another major stride for the shortened version of the game after the introduction of the Women's Sevens World Series in the 2012/2013 season. Next year, women's sevens will be part of the Olympics in Rio de Jeneiro.

Some of the women's teams are the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England, France and Wales. The WSWS has also had teams from Fiji, China, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Spain, South Africa and Brazil.

In Africa, some of the top rugby playing countries are Uganda, Kenya, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Madagascar and Zambia. They will be vying for Olympic qualification in a tournament this year.