The 2021 Series is now scheduled to kick off with a pair of men’s events in Canada, with the traditional HSBC Canada Sevens venue of BC Place in Vancouver hosting teams on 18-19 September, followed by Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on 25-26 September.
Advanced discussions are ongoing towards hosting a women’s event in Paris following the postponement of the previously scheduled event at Marcoussis in May due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
The men’s tournaments, scheduled for Sept. 18-19 in Vancouver and Sept. 25-26 in Edmonton, are slated to kick off the pandemic-delayed 2021 World Series.
The women are set to return to action Oct. 2-3 in Paris.
The pandemic prompted the World Series to shut down after the men’s HSBC Canada Sevens in Vancouver in March 2020. A women’s event in Langford, B.C., scheduled for early May that year was one of the tournaments cancelled.
World Rugby says six men’s and four women’s rounds are scheduled in the final four months of 2021.
Last season, the men got in six of 10 planned tournaments and the women five of eight before the schedule ground to a halt.
The Vancouver stop will be held, following the tradition of the Canada Sevens, at B.C. Place. Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium will take over the following week.
“The health and well-being of players, fans and the wider community remains top priority and both World Rugby and the host organizations will work closely with the relevant national governments and health agencies to ensure the safe and secure delivery of the events,” World Rugby CEO Alan Gilpin said in a statement.
Rugby Canada said tournament logistics, including team invitations and stadium capacity, are being finalized.