Dates confirmed for RWC Sevens 2018 in San Francisco
• The world’s best sevens players will thrill the US crowds
from 20-22 July
• Iconic AT&T Park will stage the three-day tournament
featuring 24 men’s and 16 women’s teams
Supporters can now plan their trip to San Francisco for the Rugby
World Cup Sevens 2018 as the tournament organisers have confirmed
that the three-day festival of world-class rugby will be held
from 20-22 July next year.
The iconic AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants baseball
team, will provide the spectacular backdrop to the tournament
that features 24 men’s and 16 women’s teams competing for the
title of world champions. The 42,000-seater stadium is one of the
most familiar and highly rated sports venues in the USA and is
located in downtown San Francisco, along the waterfront
overlooking the bay.
This will be the seventh staging of the tournament, which has
previously been held in Edinburgh, Hong Kong (twice), Mar del
Plata, Dubai and Moscow. Having won both the men’s and women’s
events at the famous Russian venue of Luzhniki Stadium, New
Zealand will be back to defend their titles but will likely face
considerable resistance in the form of Olympic gold medallists,
Australia (women’s) and Fiji (men’s), not to mention strong home
competition from both USA sides.
World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “Announcing the exact
dates of the tournament is an important stage of preparation as
it means that supporters can really start to plan their trip.
With three days of amazing rugby action on offer, coupled with
everything else San Francisco and surrounding area has to offer,
it could really be the holiday of a lifetime for rugby fans
around the world.
“The success of rugby sevens at last year’s Olympic Games in Rio
gave the game a huge shot in the arm and we are working hard to
ensure its popularity continues to rise in the coming years. Part
of that is building on the success of previous RWC Sevens
tournaments, which come at the mid-point in the Olympic cycle.
This will be the first time the RWC Sevens has been held in North
America and I know rugby fans in the USA and also in Canada are
really looking forward to it.”
USA Rugby CEO Dan Payne said: “We are proud to play host to the
Rugby World Cup Sevens. This event will bring the world’s best
and put them in front of a large audience of rugby fanatics and
showcase our great sport to a new batch of sports fans. We’re
equally excited that this great tournament will be played in our
backyard and in front of our youth, hopefully inspiring the next
group of rugby stars.”