LANGFORD, BC (September 24, 2015)– Rugby Canada and Canada Sevens are pleased to welcome the HSBC World Rugby Sevens series back to the City of Langford for the second straight year. The two-day stop of the dynamic international series will take place April 16th and 17th 2016 and is the fourth stop on the 2015-16 HSBC Women’s World Rugby Sevens Series. Tickets will be available to purchase in November 2015, with more details being announced in the coming weeks.
“It’s an honor to give fans and sports enthusiasts on the island the chance to experience the unique atmosphere that Rugby Sevens offers up,” said Bill Cooper, CEO of Canada Sevens. “Last year’s event in Langford drew a crowd of 6000 – creating a world class experience for both the athletes and fans, who took in 34 games over the course of the two day sport festival. As we enter into our second year hosting at this venue, we look forward to building on last year’s momentum to ensure it’s a weekend that no-one will want to miss.”
Rugby Sevens combines the explosive power, skill and excitement of traditional rugby with a dynamic, fast-paced game featuring seven players a-side, with each match lasting just fourteen minutes. The two-day Canada Sevens event also features a unique party atmosphere with family-friendly entertainment as the world’s best compete in a round-robin style tournament.
Westhills Stadium, located in Langford at the home of Rugby Canada’s Centre of Excellence, hosted the fourth leg of last season’s series on April 18-19. New Zealand, who also won the overall 2014-2015 season series, won last year’s Langford tournament with a 29-10 win over Russia in the cup final.
“We’re delighted to bring the international rugby community back to the City of Langford for another round of the HSBC Women’s World Rugby Sevens Series,” Rugby Canada General Manager of Rugby Operations and Performance Jim Dixon said. “The event earlier this year was a tremendous success, hosting 12 international teams who had the chance to experience a warm Canadian welcome during their time on Vancouver Island. We look forward to welcoming them back next April.”
Canada’s women’s sevens team sealed their spot at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro earlier this year after they finished second in last season’s series. The team also won its first ever Cup title in Amsterdam after beating Australia 20-17 in the final, and went on to capture gold in this summer’s Pan-Am Games in Toronto after beating the USA 55-7 in the final.
“We are really excited to have the opportunity to play in front of our home fans again during the series stop in Canada,” head coach John Tait said. “There is nothing more powerful than support from a Canadian crowd at what will be a critical tournament for us as we chase our goal of seven series and Olympic champions.”
On March 12-13, 2016, the men’s series will come to Vancouver, as 16 teams will compete at BC Place.