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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 11 December 2018

2019 Dubai Rugby Sevens to be pushed back to avoid clash with F1 Abu Dhabi GP

Next year's sevens tournament will now be held on weekend of December 5-7 with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix taking place a week before

Fans can watch the 2019 Dubai Rugby Sevens on December 5-7 at The Sevens, Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Fans can watch the 2019 Dubai Rugby Sevens on December 5-7 at The Sevens, Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National

The 2019 Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens looks likely to be held on the weekend of December 5-7, to avoid clashing with the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The date for the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has been pushed back to Sunday, December 1, meaning the Formula One season-concluding race will take place the day before National Day.

That had set up a direct clash with the country's other main sporting showpiece, the Dubai Sevens, which is traditionally played in or around the National Day weekend.

Although there has been no official confirmation from World Rugby, a huge poster on display at The Sevens on Thursday said the 2019 edition to celebrate the tournament's 50th year would be held on December 5, 6 and 7.

A sign at The Sevens ground in Dubai displaying the dates for the 2019 Dubai Rugby Sevens. Nic March for The National
A sign at The Sevens ground in Dubai displaying the dates for the 2019 Dubai Rugby Sevens. Nic March for The National

The first day of the 2018 Dubai Rugby Sevens got under way on Thursday and will conclude Saturday.

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