World Rugby has announced that the USA Sevens will be back, but will be in Los Angeles.
Today the planet's governing body for the sport announced its full HSBC Sevens World Series schedule, and finally inserted the USA stop in there.
That stop had been up in the air after a clash between United World Sports (which has run the USA 7s since 2006) and World Rugby. However, with the unfortunate death of A Jon Prusmack, who ran UWS and was the individual who signed the contracts with USA Rugby and World Rugby, the partnership was dissolved.
Many thought there might not be a USA 7s this year as World Rugby tried to find a host city, but the job's been done.
Women's Season Grows
The women’s competition will increase from six to eight rounds for the first time in the history of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series, with six of those being combined men’s and women’s events, while the men’s circuit will once again be contested across 10 rounds.
Back To The Beginning
Following a record-breaking Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco, the men’s competition will once again travel to the United States where it will be hosted in Los Angeles.
The move from Las Vegas will see the two-day event return to the home stadium of the MLS side, LA Galaxy and the NFL's LA Chargers, Dignity Health Sports Park in California - the same venue earmarked to host rugby sevens in the LA 2028 Olympic Games.
This venue was also the first venue for the USA 7s. Called the Home Depot Center at the time, the stadium in Carson, CA hosted the USA 7s in 2004, 2005, and 2006 before moving to San Diego and then, three years later, Las Vegas.
USA Women's Stop
The women’s series opener will be hosted in Glendale, Colorado, USA on 5-6 October, 2019 in what will be the second time that the standalone event has kicked off the season.
Rounds two and three are combined events alongside the men’s series, taking place in Dubai, UAE on 5-7 December, 2019 and in Cape Town, South Africa on 13/14-15 December, 2019 where the women will play at the Cape Town Stadium for the first time.
In the new year both the men and women will travel to Hamilton, New Zealand where they will play their third combined event on 25-26 January before both traveling to Sydney, Australia for 1-2 February.
The first standalone men’s competition of 2020 will take place in Los Angeles, USA on 29 February to 1 March followed by Vancouver, Canada a week later on 7-8 March.
The fifth dual men’s and women’s event will be hosted in Hong Kong from 3-5 April before the eighth round of the men’s series is hosted in Singapore on 11-12 April.
The penultimate stop on the women’s circuit will take place in Langford, Canada on 2-3 May with the ninth men’s round being hosted at Twickenham Stadium in London, England on 23-24 May.
The men’s and women’s competitions will both culminate in Paris, France on 30-31 May at the Stade Jean-Bouin.
“2020 is going to be the biggest year on record for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, with more women’s and combined events than ever before, and with the series acting as key preparation for those teams competing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games," said World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont.
"We first want to congratulate the City of LA on the awarding of the event from World Rugby," said USA Rugby CEO Ross Young. "We are very excited that the United States will be involved in the next four-year cycle.
"We are looking forward to connecting with the city and beginning the collaboration to support the March event where we can, and make it a success for all the fans, teams and stakeholders."
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 schedule:
5-6 October 2019: Infinity Park, Colorado, USA – women’s standalone event
5-7 December 2019: The Sevens, Dubai, UAE – combined men’s and women’s event
13-15 December 2019: Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa – combined men’s and women’s event
25-26 January 2020: FMG Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand – combined men’s and women’s event
1-2 February 2020: Bankwest Stadium, Sydney, Australia – combined men’s and women’s event
29 February – 1 March 2020: Dignity Health Sports Park, Los Angeles, USA – men’s standalone event
7-8 March 2020: BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, Canada – men’s standalone event
3-5 April 2020: Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong – combined men’s and women’s event
11-12 April 2020: National Stadium, Singapore – men’s standalone event
2-3 May 2020: Westhills Stadium, Langford, Canada – women’s standalone event
23-24 May 2020: Twickenham Stadium, London, England – men’s standalone event
30-31 May 2020: Stade Jean-Bouin, Paris, France – combined men’s and women’s event
27 July-1 August 2020: Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Tokyo, Japan