January 20, 2022 (Vancouver, BC) Due to the current COVID-19 conditions in British Columbia, Rugby Canada, in conjunction with World Rugby, has confirmed that the HSBC Canada Sevens tournament scheduled for February 26-27 will now be held April 16-17, 2022 to provide the best opportunity to ensure the safety of fans, athletes, officials and staff.

“The annual HSBC Canada Sevens tournament is rated as one of the best rugby events in the world and is strongly supported by rugby fans, sports enthusiasts, and the community at large,” said Jamie Levchuk,  Managing Director of Business Operations. “We are fully committed to doing everything we can to deliver this signature event in April of 2022.”

Levchuk added, “The decision to reschedule is based on the unfolding COVID-19 conditions in B.C., and has been made with consideration for the health and welfare of players, fans, staff and wider society. Should the COVID-19 pandemic continue as a safety concern for longer than anticipated, we will work with World Rugby and stakeholders to hold the 2022 HSBC Canada Sevens at a time when the conditions are right. We want to thank the tournaments’ fans and valued partners for their continued support and understanding as we adjust to ensure the safety and well-being of all.”

Tournament passes that have already been purchased remain valid and will automatically transfer to the new April dates. Passes for the new tournament dates are now available for purchase through CanadaSevens.com.

“Together with the tournament hosts we are disappointed not to be able to deliver these events on the originally planned dates,” stated World Rugby Head of Sevens Competitions  Douglas Langley. “However, the global nature of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and logistical restrictions associated with the ongoing and dynamic nature of the pandemic continue to present a challenge to all stakeholders. Our collective focus is on ensuring the events are as safe, impactful and enjoyable as possible for all involved and therefore postponing is the best course of action.”

For more information, please visit canadasevens.com.

ABOUT HSBC CANADA SEVENS

HSBC Canada Sevens are two-day Rugby Sevens tournaments featuring the world’s top men’s and women’s Sevens teams as part of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. HSBC Canada Sevens Vancouver will be hosted at BC Place in Vancouver, April 16-17, 2022 on the traditional lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Sevens Rugby, a fast-paced and shorter version of traditional rugby with only seven players per side, has built a huge international audience which attracts large audiences in markets around the world. For more information, please visit canadasevens.com.

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