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Thu Apr 24 03:07:04 SAST 2014

Sevens World Series expands to Argentina

Sapa-AP | 27 June, 2012 08:210 Comments
Steven Hunt and Frankie Horne of South Africa celebrate winning the Cup Final between South Africa and Australia during day two of of the IRB Edinburgh Sevens Festival at Murrayfield Stadium on May 29, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland
Image by: Ian MacNicol / Getty Images

Argentina is back hosting a leg of the sevens rugby world series for the first time in 10 years.

The tournament in La Plata will be the second stop of 10 tournaments, on Oct. 20-21, a week after the series opens on the Gold Coast, Australia.

Argentina dropped out of the series after 2002, but returns four years out from sevens’ Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro.

The tournament was earmarked as part of the International Rugby Board’s $13.94 million investment in Argentina and South America for 2009-12.

The series is also expanding to its most tournaments since 2002, when there were 11, a reflection of the series’ growing strength and popularity. There was a record attendance of more than 547,000 in the nine legs last season.

Following the series will be the Sevens World Cup in Moscow in June 2013.

2012-13 World Series 

Oct. 13-14 Gold Coast, Australia  Oct. 20-21 La Plata, Argentina  Nov. 30-Dec. 1 Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Dec. 7-8 Port Elizabeth, South Africa  Feb. 1-2 Wellington, New Zealand  Feb. 8-10 Las Vegas  March 22-24 Hong Kong  March 30-31 Tokyo  May 4-5 Glasgow, Scotland  May 11-12 London 

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