SA Rugby confirmed on Wednesday of their interest as submitted to World Rugby for hosting the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Cape Town in 2022 according to a press release from Saru. South Africa is one of 11 nations to confirm their interests in hosting the 8th edition of the Sevens Rugby World Cup. The 10 other nations that have expressed their interests to the international federation are Argentina, Cayman Islands, France, Germany, India, Jamaica, Malaysia, Qatar, Scotland, and Tunisia.
The 11 unions who registered their interest have been issued the formal bid application documents and now have until Tuesday, 16 July 2019 to submit their responses. The World Rugby country will then select the host on 29 October 2019. South Africa was also in the bid to host the 2023 XV’s Rugby World Cup but despite being recommended by the technical committee lost to France.
Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 will be played during the September / October window considering the international calendar, including the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and the Commonwealth Games that will take place in July of that year.
SA Rugby CEO, Jurie Roux, said that Cape Town would the stadium of choice to host the spectacle.
“Hosting the HSBC Cape Town Sevens at this world-class venue for the last four years, was a clear proof of the stadium’s capacity to host sold-out events over a couple of days and the city to cater for them,” said Roux.
“The Cape Town leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series has established itself as one of the leading tournaments since 2015, and it delivers a triple-win for World Rugby in terms of the experience for players, partners, and the public.
“We have received great feedback scores from World Rugby over the last few years and spectators voted with their feet. Attendance for the event has been strong with more than 100,000 supporters per tournament gaining access over the past four seasons.
“The tournament also won accolades outside of rugby, including the South African Discovery Sports Awards, who voted the HSBC Cape Town Sevens as the best live sporting event in the country.”
Roux also added that the cities infrastructure makes it ideally suited as a host city. “Cape Town is served by an international airport with direct flights from all the major hubs and is a truly global international tourism destination with the infrastructure to accommodate an event of this scale.
“The city’s natural beauty offers a spectacular backdrop for a spectacular rugby event. South Africa’s ability to host very successful World Cups in rugby, soccer, and cricket, to name a few, is well documented.”
South Africa are the current holders of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series trophy but have never won a Sevens Rugby World Cup. A successful bid can see them search for their debut trophy in front of their home crowd. New Zealand currently holds the trophies for both the Men’s and Women’s tournaments.
Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 host selection process timelines:
16 July 2019: Bid responses submitted by unions to World Rugby
29 October 2019: World Rugby Council selects Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022, host