The Rugby World Cup Sevens is a tournament played every four years and Cape Town is set to host the huge sporting event in 2022.
World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said South Africa’s success in hosting the Cape Town Sevens in recent years and the thoroughness of its proposal won it the tournament.
Beaumont said they were impressed with South Africa’s detailed and comprehensive bid and looked forward to working in partnership with them on another inspiring and record-breaking tournament.
South Africa have a proven track record of delivering a sell-out event in the HSBC Cape Town Sevens, which is an esteemed tournament on the world series and will be of huge value to the planning and execution of Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022.
SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux said they were looking forward to the chance to show their credentials for hosting international events.
He said in a statement they were delighted that South Africa and Cape Town has been confirmed as hosts for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022.
He added that they had been eager to host global rugby tournaments for a number of years and to have the flagship event in the growing sport of sevens come to Cape Town, South Africa is exciting.
He said they saw how the sport engaged the audience in 2018 in San Francisco with New Zealand taking out both the men’s and women’s tournaments and they were certain that it would be as huge a success in Cape Town.
The HSBC Cape Town Sevens has established itself as a rugby bucket-list tournament in the past few years and international visitors to the event will experience a great tournament at an ideal rugby venue in a fantastic city,Roux said.
South Africa has not hosted any World Cup since being the venue for the 2010 Football World Cup, having missed out on winning the hosting rights for the 2023 Rugby World Cup when they were awarded in 2017.
South Africa will have its first taste of a join men’s and women’s international competition in December when Cape Town hosts its first joint Cape Town Sevens event.