Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 27 September 2020

New-look Dubai Rugby Sevens planned for December

GCC division teams including netball and cricket to feature, organisers hope to welcome fans

The Dubai Rugby Sevens is set for a makeover in December, with a compact format involving local teams.

After it was announced last month that the HSBC World Sevens Series would not be taking place in Dubai this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, a scaled down tournament will take place December 4-5, featuring GCC division teams across rugby, netball and cricket.

Tournament director, Tom Burwell said: “We are disappointed that the HSBC World Sevens Series is unable to take place in Dubai in 2020 but this is also an opportunity to deliver something unique for players and local fans at the end of what has been a very tough year.

"Pitch Two will become the main field and will have a unique feel to it. Tournament goers will still enjoy marquee experiences and of course some brilliant local sport. Our intention is to build an experience that truly encapsulates 51 years of the Dubai 7s.

“We are going to celebrate all levels of participation. Crowds will be wowed by the skills of the teams from across the region set to a backdrop that will still inspire memories from years past and set a tone for the future as we look forward to 2021.”

Organisers hope to confirm the event by October 15, after getting the necessary government approvals. Tickets for the Sevens will not go on sale until the event has been approved and confirmed.

Team entries for 2020 opened on Monday for all three sports at a discounted rate and will close on September 30. The tournament will be confirmed by Dubai Sports Council by October 15 with full refunds issued to teams if the tournament is unable to go ahead.

To apply to take part in this year’s tournament, visit www.dubairugby7s.com.

Updated: August 10, 2020 03:27 PM

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