A sad day.
For the first time in 51 years, Dubai Rugby Sevens will not go ahead, as World Rugby took the understandable decision to pull the opening two tournaments from its schedule due to COVID-19.
The cancellation of the much-loved rugby and social event, which usually takes place in November, will be keenly felt after World Rugby dropped the opening two tournaments of the 2021/21 season.
Dubai Rugby Sevens 2020 has been cancelled
Both Dubai and Cape Town are expected to return to a full Series schedule beyond this season
“After a comprehensive consultation process and constructive dialogue with the host organisations, it has been decided that the combined men’s and women’s Dubai and Cape Town rounds of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2021, which were provisionally scheduled for 26-28 November and 4-6 December 2020 respectively, will not take place due to the ongoing and dynamic global nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“The decisions were taken in line with relevant government and International public health authority advice and with the health and wellbeing of the rugby community and the wider public taking precedence. Both hosts are due to return to a full Series schedule beyond this season.”
This is the first time in 51 years the event won’t go ahead
The statement went on the add the organisation is exploring opportunities to run a regionally focused tour in December at club and invitational level
Dubai 7s 2020 – Announcement – July 29th – World Rugby has today announced the cancellation of the opening two tournaments of the 2021/21 season.
— Dubai Rugby Sevens (@Dubai7s) July 29, 2020