The South African city of Cape Town will host the 2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens, World Rugby announced Tuesday.
The World Cup, the eighth edition for men and fourth for women, will be contested by 24 men’s and 16 women’s teams and is the first to be hosted in Africa.
The competition, which will run between September 9-11, 2022, will be held at the Cape Town Stadium, with a capacity of 57,654.
The top eight men’s teams and top four women’s teams from the last RWC Sevens in San Francisco in 2018 have already secured automatic qualification for the tournament in 2022.
The qualified teams for the men’s event are defending champions New Zealand, England, South Africa, Fiji, Argentina, USA, France, and Scotland.
Amongst the women’s teams, the Springbok women’s sevens side will join defending champions New Zealand, France, Australia, and USA in Cape Town.
Teams that have not qualified automatically will do so via their respective regional tournaments held in Europe, Oceania, Asia, North America, South America, and Africa.
There are 16 places available in the men’s tournament and 11 in the women’s from regional competitions.
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