World Rugby has confirmed that the opening two rounds of the 2020/21 season of the World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai and Cape Town has been cancelled.
Earlier, the 2020 season of the Men's and Women's competition were also cancelled since March and February respectively was also cancelled following the pandemic coronavirus with New Zealand Men's and Women's 7s teams winning the titles.
The Dubai leg of the 2020/21 season of the World Rugby Sevens series were provisionally scheduled between 26th and 28th November while the Cape Town leg was supposed to be played between 4th and 6th of December.
The global governing body also said it would continue to focus on delivering the remainder of the 2021 series, with a working group comprising of World Rugby executive committee and council member John Jeffrey along with representatives of host and participating unions, players and coaches will be reviewing contingency plans and the road map for the sport's safe return.
“While we share in the disappointment of players, teams, fans, hosts and everyone involved with the popular events in Dubai and Cape Town, this is a prudent decision taken with the health and wellbeing of the global rugby community and wider society as our top priority and guided by the relevant government and international public health authority advice," said World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper.
We look forward to welcoming these wonderful destinations back to the Series following this year’s hiatus.
“Through the Sevens Working Group we are continuing to work very hard in close collaboration with all stakeholders, including host and participating unions, International Rugby Players, and our commercial and broadcast partners to achieve our shared objective of a spectacular return to HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series action as soon as it is safe to do so and we continue to plan and prepare for all remaining events in the 2021 Series".