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Rugby: Singapore confirmed on 2015/16 HSBC Sevens World Series

The new 55,000-capacity Singapore National Stadium is one of four new venues on the next HSBC Sevens World Series. Photo: AFP.

The new Singapore National Stadium is one of four new venues on the next HSBC Sevens World Series. Photo: AFP.

April 7, 2015: Singapore will join Vancouver, Sydney and Cape Town as a new host city on the 2015/16 HSBC Sevens World Series, World Rugby announced on Tuesday.

 

Next season’s circuit will feature 10 stops – one more than the ongoing 2014/15 season – and will enjoy increased profile as it leads up to rugby sevens’ Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro.

 

Singapore has previously hosted an event on the Series, but next season’s tournament will be held at the 55,000-capacity National Stadium, which only opened last year as the centrepiece of the new Singapore Sports Hub.

 

Low Teo Ping, President of the Singapore Rugby Union, said: “We truly believe that our event at the iconic National Stadium has the potential to match the excitement surrounding current tournaments in the Series.”

 

Singapore’s inclusion followed a tender process featuring 25 global locations, with the Singapore Rugby Union’s bid focusing on furthering the growth of rugby across Asia.

 

“Engaging rugby in Asia and growing the sport in Singapore is our prime vision for the tournament,” Low said.

 

“The key associated events and community outreach as part of this tournament will be critical to the long-term sustainability of rugby as we strive to ignite passion in the next generation of players and fans in Singapore, Southeast Asia and ultimately across Asia.”

 

According to World Rugby, the sport’s participation in Asia continues to grow with 445,000 men, women and children actively enjoying the sport, an increase of nearly one-third over four years.

 

Brett Gosper, CEO of World Rugby, said: “Asia has been at the heart of the rugby sevens success story and it is exciting to add another fantastic location and an incredible stadium to the stellar and expanded line-up of World Rugby Sevens Series host destinations from 2015-16.

 

“I am sure Singapore, with its major event experience and passion, and superb new stadium, will become a fan and team favourite on the record-breaking World Rugby Sevens Series.”

 

Bernard Lapasset, Chairman of World Rugby, added: “As a major tourism and business destination, Singapore’s inclusion on the Series is great news for fans and great news for rugby as the sport continues to experience record growth ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

 

Source: World Rugby (www.worldrugby.org); Editing by SportAsia

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