Next season’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series for both men and women will reach a thrilling crescendo in Paris.
The French capital will host the final round of the men’s and women’s series on 8-10 June 2018, as the final men’s tournament switches with the London tournament (2-3 June).
With the men’s series dates already announced, the women’s series gets underway at The Sevens Stadium in Dubai on 30 November this year alongside the men’s competition.
Sydney hosts the second round from 26-28 January, 2018 with all men’s and women’s games being played in the Allianz Stadium, before the series returns to the Mikuni World Stadium in Kitakyushu, Japan, on 21-22 April for the third round, a week after the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast.
The 12 teams will then travel to the Westhills Stadium in Langford, Canada on 12-13 May with the last round of the series in Paris, after which all teams will turn their focus to Rugby World Cup Sevens at AT&T Park in San Francisco in July.
World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “With the Commonwealth Games in April and Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco in July, 2018 will be quite a year for the men’s and women’s teams.
“The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series is growing considerably each year and I predict this one will be no different, with the action coming to a thrilling climax for the 28 teams in Paris in June.”
Global Head of Sponsorship and Events at HSBC, Giles Morgan said: “The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series is one of the world’s great sporting events and having the newly appointed Olympic host city of Paris as the final leg is a fitting finale. This is sport at its most entertaining and spectacular, with some incredible crowds to match, and the fact that it takes place across 10 global cities and four continents makes it really unique.
“While the growth of the sport is very exciting, and the women’s game is a big part of driving that growth, there are still new frontiers to be crossed. If the growth potential in markets such as the USA can be realised, then it will spark a great acceleration in the growth of rugby sevens globally, making the upcoming series hugely important for the sport ahead of the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco next year.”