Sevens World Series expands to Argentina
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