IRB announce 2009/10 IRB Sevens dates

The International Rugby Board have announced the dates for the eight events which comprise the 2009/10 IRB Sevens World Series, starting once again with the two events in Dubai and George, South Africa, in December 2009.

The Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens will kick off the 11th year of the series on December 4 and 5 at ‘The Sevens’, Dubai’s purpose-built sporting venue which staged last year’s event and the 2009 event for both men and women in March.


A week later, the George follows on December 11-12 in George on the country’s famous Garden Route.

The IRB Sevens World Series will visit five continents over a six month period and feature eight established Grand Prix style events, hosted by the same eight countries as the last three World Series.

There is, however, one change to the schedule as Australia host the Adelaide Sevens the week before Hong Kong in March 2010.

“The 10th year of the Series was a huge celebration of rugby filled with exciting, explosive action, fiercely contested matches, world class athletes, packed stadia and hundreds of spectacular tries,” said IRB Sevens manager, Beth Coalter.

“As we embark on the second decade of the Series, I am sure 2009/10 will be another massive year for the game, and we look forward to seeing newly crowned champions, South Africa, defend their title for the first time in Dubai.”

2009/10 schedule

Dubai, UAE – December 4-5, 2009;
George, South Africa -December 11-12, 2009;
Wellington, New Zealand – February 4-6, 2010;
San Diego, USA – February 13-14, 2010;
Adelaide, Australia – March 20-21, 2010;
Hong Kong – March 26, 27, 28, 2010;
London, England – May 22-23, 2010;
Edinburgh, Scotland – May 29-30, 2010.

The 2010 Commonwealth Games Sevens competition will be held in Delhi, India on October 5-6, 2010.

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