The 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series schedule is as follows:
Dubai: 2 – 3 December 2016
Cape Town: 10 – 11 December 2016
Wellington: 28 – 29 January 2017
Sydney: 4 – 5 February 2017
Las Vegas: 3 – 5 March 2017
Vancouver: 11 – 12 March 2017
Hong Kong: 7 – 9 April 2017
Singapore: 15 – 16 April 2017
Paris: 13 – 14 May 2017
London: 20 – 21 May 2017
The 2015-16 series was the biggest and best to date and, with six different winners for the first time, it was also the most competitive and compelling as Fiji claimed the title.
The series’ winning blend of star players, breath-taking action, iconic destinations and festival atmosphere proved to be a hit with fans, broadcasters and commercial partners alike as the series reached, engaged and inspired audiences in record numbers.
The expanded series was the best-attended with 715,000 fans, the most-widely viewed, with 6,000 hours of action broadcast to fans in more than 100 territories for the first time, and the most socially-engaged with 61 million video views and a 250 per cent audience increase across all platforms.
As rugby sevens prepares to excite on sport’s biggest stage at Rio 22016, anticipation is high that the 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series will set new standards on and off the field as World Rugby and its host unions look to further enhance broadcast, fan experience and innovation.
With sevens’ popularity at an all-time high ahead of Rio 2016, the 2016-17 series also looks set to reach, engage and inspire new audiences and fans as rugby’s first Olympians in 92 years return to the series to showcase their talents in some of the world’s best stadia across some of the world’s most iconic cities.
The 2016-17 series retains the same schedule as this season, kicking off in Dubai on 2-3 December, visiting 10 cities across five continents before concluding in London on 20-21 May.