Fiji may host a tournament under the world 7s series thanks to New Zealand.
New Zealand Rugby has won its bid to retain hosting rights for a World Series Sevens event and is believed to be planning to alternate where the tournament is played between Hamilton and Fiji.
There is still positive signs that we may get to watch our 7s stars in action here at home watch.
Media reports in New Zealand confirms the NZRU has won the bid to retain hosting rights for a World Series Sevens event.
New Zealand rugby is believed to have won a tender to extend its hosting licence beyond 2019 and has floated the idea of not using Hamilton as the venue every year – but instead alternating with Fiji.
With New Zealand’s existing agreement due to expire after Hamilton hosts next year’s event in January, World Rugby opened a competitive tender process, inviting interested parties to bid for the hosting rights for 2020 and beyond.
It is believed that New Zealand has won the bid – beating a tender from the Fiji Rugby Union amongst others.
That means New Zealand has secured the right to continue to host a World Series Sevens event in 2020 and 2021 and possibly for longer depending on the length of the contract agreed in the tender.
The licence sits with NZRU and they are effectively free to host the event where they choose as long as World Rugby agrees.
The prospect of using Fiji, despite them making their own bid, as the host venue of NZRU’s tournament every other year is one which World Rugby has presumably approved as part of the tender process.