SA to host World Cup Sevens?

Nine countries – including South Africa – are vying to host the 2009 Sevens Rugby World Cup.

The International Rugby Board (IRB) has announced that a record number of countries have formally expressed an interest to host the IRB Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009.

IRB Member Unions Arabian Gulf, Australia, Hong Kong, Kenya, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, South Africa and the USA have all informed the IRB of their interest to tender for the tournament that for the first time ever will incorporate a women’s competition.

“The International Rugby Board is delighted that nine Unions have expressed an interest in tendering for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009,” said International Rugby Board Chairman, Dr Syd Millar.

“This unprecedented level of interest for a Rugby World Cup clearly reflects the importance of this tournament in the world sporting calendar and also the continuing growth of Rugby Sevens on the international stage.”

Tender documents will be sent to each of the Unions outlining the hosting criteria for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009. The Unions will have until September 29 to confirm their intention to tender.

The IRB Council will select the Host Union for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009 at its April 2007 meeting.