1 Jul 2015

Sevens sponsor extends deal ahead of Olympics

10:06 am on 1 July 2015

The inaugural Canadian round of the Rugby Sevens World Series will take place in Vancouver next March in a revamped 10-stop 2015-16 season which will feature the sport's Olympic Games debut.

The New Zealand sevens captain DJ Forbes in action in Glasgow.

The New Zealand sevens captain DJ Forbes in action in Glasgow. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Singapore returns to the circuit in April, in place of Japan, and in May Paris returns for the first time in nearly a decade in place of the Scottish leg of the tour.

The South Africa Sevens, which is the second stop on the tour in mid-December, is moving from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town in one of two location switches for existing events.

The other sees the fourth stop in Australia move from the resort city of Gold Coast to the 45,500-seat Sydney Football Stadium on the weekend of Feb. 6-7, the middle of the southern hemisphere summer.

HSBC has signed a four-year extension of its partnership with World Rugby, which also includes the womens series.

2015-2016 Sevens World Series

Dec 5-6 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dec 12-13 - Cape Town, South Africa

Jan 30-31 - Wellington, New Zealand

Feb 6-7 - Sydney, Australia

March 4-6 - Las Vegas, USA

March 12-13 - Vancouver, Canada

April 8-10 - Hong Kong

April 16-17 - Singapore

May 14-15 - Paris, France

May 20-22 - London, England*

*To be confirmed