The World Rugby Sevens Challenge Series Returns with one joint event in Santiago, Chile, from From 12 to 14 August 2022, After a year-long hiatus due to the global pandemic.
Twelve women’s teams and 12 teams, representing the six global rugby regions, have qualified through regional competitions and will compete for three days at Santa Laura University SEK Stadium.; Tournament winners will achieve the desired stable team status for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2023.
The format of the competition is similar to that of the Olympics, in which the twelve teams are divided into three groups of four teams each. The top two teams from each group along with the top two third-placed teams will advance to the quarter-finals, followed by the semi-finals and finals to determine the winners whose ultimate prize will be promotion to the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
The men’s group draw sees Chile host South Korea, Papua New Guinea and Georgia in Group A. In Group B, Hong Kong will face Tonga, Jamaica and Zimbabwe. The strong team from Germany, who performed well as a wild card in the 2021 and 2022 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, is in Group C along with Uruguay, Uganda and Lithuania.
In the women’s competitions, host country Chile is in Group D, where it will face China, Kenya and South Africa, who played as a guest team at the final event of the 2022 series in Toulouse in May.
Poland and Belgium, who also participated in distinction as invited teams in the 2022 Series events in Malaga and Seville, will face each other in Group E alongside Argentina and Papua New Guinea. Japan have plenty of experience in the series, including at Langford this year, and they will face Kazakhstan, Colombia and Mexico in Group F.
What is the World Rugby Sevens Challenge Series?
It was launched in February 2020 to drive the development of the Rugby Sevens around the world. The contest serves as a promotional method for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens series As the men’s and women’s Challenger Series winners are up for the next season’s World Championships.
The 2020 Men’s Challenge Series featured two rounds, both of which were conducted in South America. The Japanese men’s team won the promotion after both opening events. This year will see the Women’s Challenge Series debut after the inaugural Women’s Challenge Series event scheduled for March 2020 in Stellenbosch, South Africa, which cannot happen due to the pandemic.
Global Rugby Competition and Performance Director, Nigel Cass said: “The World Rugby SevensChallenger Series is a vital component of our ambitious plans to develop the sport around the world; with the 2023 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series promotional winners awarded, competition throughout the three-day event will be intense from start to finish.”
“We thank the Chilean Rugby Federation for their cooperation in holding this important event, the first since the inaugural event in 2020, and we are working closely to ensure a high-performance environment for players and teams to showcase their talents.” added.
Chile Rugby Federation President Christian Rudloff said: “As Chilean Rugby, we are very proud of the trust that the world of rugby once again places in us to host a huge global event. This is without doubt a sample of the hard and professional work we have developed in the past three years. As a country, we are preparing to welcome Our guests with the usual warmth, as we prepare for a world sports festival.”
“The dispute over the World Championship quota will be the ultimate motivation for athletes who dream of qualifying for the Olympic Games in Paris 2024.”
Where do you buy tickets?
The Rugby Festival will be live on in intensity, as the facilities will also provide a fan fest to attend, an area where the various brands involved will be activated to keep the Oval fans entertained before and during matches.
Buy your tickets for the Challenge Series at Santa Laura Universidad SEK, which can be purchased at a discounted rate starting Thursday, July 21 at 8:00 p.m., at www.ticketplus.cl.
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