The Hong Kong Rugby Union and World Rugby have mutually agreed to postpone the Hong Kong Sevens from April to November 2021 due to global pandemic.
World Rugby confirmed that the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens in November 2021 “will be the final round of the 2020/21 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, with the teams assured of a rousing welcome and a fitting grand finale.”
Hong Kong will host the 2021/22 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament as per usual in April 2022.
It means the tournament is set to be hosted outside of its traditional spring window for the first time in its 45-year history.
The final four rounds of last season’s Sevens Series were eventually cancelled due to the global health crisis, resulting in New Zealand being crowned men’s champions after just six rounds.
New Zealand also won the women’s title.
Speaking to the South China Morning Post, McRobbie added that the tournament would only go ahead if at least 50 per cent of the stadium could be filled with spectators.
The news was followed by an announcement that the Singapore 7s 2021 will also change its dates instead of going ahead as planned in April 2021 following the postponement of the Hong Kong Sevens.
The event in HSBC Singapore 7s was planned for April 10 and 11, 2021 but will now be held from 29-30 October 2021.