World Rugby has awarded the hosting rights for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 to South Africa, with the tournament to take place at Cape Town Stadium.

The eighth edition of the showcase event will take place in September 2022, and will be the first time that Rugby World Cup Sevens will be hosted on the African continent. 

The World Rugby Council awarded the hosting rights for the premier tournament to South Africa at its Interim Meeting in Tokyo.

The world’s best 24 men’s and 16 women’s rugby sevens teams will take to the field at the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point where they will compete for world champion status over three days.

The 55 000-capacity stadium is the venue that has hosted the successful HSBC Cape Town Sevens since 2015. The stadium, for the first time this year, will host both men’s and women’s teams across three days of competition as part of the new-look HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

The 2022 tournament follows an exceptional Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco that attracted a record attendance for a rugby event in the USA of more than 100 000 fans as well as a domestic broadcast audience of more than nine million viewers. 

The three-day event generated a US$90.5 million economic contribution to San Francisco (Nielsen Sport). 

The awarding of the tournament to South Africa comes after an initial record of 11 unions – Argentina, Cayman Islands, France, Germany, India, Jamaica, Malaysia, Qatar, Scotland, South Africa and Tunisia – confirmed an expression of interest to the international federation.

World Rugby Chairman, Sir Bill Beaumont, said: “Congratulations to South Africa on being elected Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 hosts. We were impressed with South Africa’s detailed and comprehensive bid and we look forward to working in partnership with them on another inspiring and record-breaking tournament.

“South Africa has a proven track record of delivering a sell-out event in the HSBC Cape Town Sevens, which is an esteemed tournament on the world series and will be of huge value to the planning and execution of Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022.”

“We’re delighted that South Africa and Cape Town have been confirmed as hosts for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022,” added SA Rugby CEO, Jurie Roux.

“We have been eager to host global rugby tournaments for a number of years and to have the flagship event in the growing sport of sevens come to South Africa is exciting.” 

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 will be played during September and will consider the international calendar, including the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and the Commonwealth Games that will take place in Birmingham, England, in July 2022. Competition dates will be confirmed in due course.