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Preview: Cape Town Sevens | HSBC SVNS 2024

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The best 12 men’s and women’s rugby sevens teams in the world have been warmly welcomed to Cape Town ahead of the second round of HSBC SVNS 2024. The tournament promises to be a thrilling spectacle both on and off the pitch with a vibrant festival atmosphere anticipated in the Mother City

  • Cape Town is the second round of HSBC SVNS 2024, featuring the top 12 men’s and 12 women’s teams in the world
  • Hosts South Africa men and Australia women lead the standings after winning the opening round in Dubai last weekend
  • New Zealand are reigning men’s and women’s champions, while Samoa men and New Zealand women are defending their Cape Town titles
  • The new-look HSBC SVNS features seven regular-season events plus a Grand Final with promotion and relegation at stake, before the Olympic Games Paris 2024
  • The action begins at 09:00 local time (GMT+2) on Saturday, with the women’s and men’s finals at 18:43 and 19:23 on Sunday respectively
  • Remaining tickets are available from R150 at Ticketmaster here

The stage is set for HSBC SVNS Cape Town on 9-10 December at DHL Stadium. The world’s best 12 men’s and women’s rugby sevens teams are ready to showcase their incredible talents on the pitch.

A huge entertainment line-up, including live music and food from around the globe, will create a vibrant festival experience. Fans can enjoy off the pitch as reinvigorated HSBC SVNS aims to take the Olympic sport to the next level.

On Wednesday the captains enjoyed a taste of Cape Town at the Oranjezicht City Farm Market in the shadows of the famous stadium, which hosted Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022.

An exciting new era for rugby sevens began in Dubai on 2-3 December. The highly anticipated HSBC SVNS 2024 kicked off with South African men and Australia women taking victory.

South Africa’s Justin Geduld during team event prior to the HSBC SVNS at Table Mountain on 7 December, 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa.

The HSBC SVNS CPT action kicks off at 09:00 local time (GMT+2) on Saturday with the pool matches. Day two begins at 09:00 on Sunday with the quarter-finals and culminates with the women’s gold medal final at 18:43. The men’s final will take place at 19:23 local time. Tickets are available from R150 at Ticketmaster.

With the number of teams reduced from 16 to 12 in the men’s event this year, the competition will be intense from start to finish.

South Africa’s hugely popular Blitzboks will play Ireland, USA and Great Britain in men’s Pool A. Last season’s runners-up Argentina face double Olympic champions Fiji alongside France and Spain in Pool B. Pool C sees reigning SVNS champions New Zealand take on Samoa, Australia and Canada.

In the women’s competition, Australia will start Pool A in a confident mood following their victory in Dubai last weekend. They will come up against Fiji, Japan and Spain.

Pool B sees the current SVNS title holders New Zealand together with Ireland, Brazil and Great Britain. France were an impressive bronze medallist in Dubai and they will take on Canada, USA and the host South Africa.

The competition format replicates the Olympic model. The top two teams from each pool, plus the best two third-placed teams qualify for the quarter-finals from where it is a knockout rugby.

World Rugby’s revamped and rebranded global celebration of rugby sevens is taking place across eight iconic destinations and is set to supercharge the sport’s global appeal.

The new-look HSBC SVNS 2024 features seven regular-season events – in Dubai, Cape Town, Perth, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Singapore – before the Grand Final in Madrid. The top eight placed teams based on cumulative series points after seven events will compete in the new ‘winner-takes-all’ Grand Final, where the women’s and men’s champions will be crowned.

Madrid will also play host to the high stakes relegation play-off competition where teams ranked ninth to 12th will join the top four teams from the World Rugby HSBC Sevens Challenger, with the top four placed teams securing their place on HSBC SVNS 2025.

The reimagined competition model means fans can expect even more excitement, entertainment and nail-biting jeopardy. And with the clock counting down until rugby sevens kicks off the Olympic Games in Paris on 24 July, 2024, the action will be hotter than ever on and off the pitch.

In line with World Rugby’s commitment to grow the women’s game, all HSBC SVNS events will see men’s and women’s teams sharing the platform equally to showcase their incredible strength, speed and skill on the biggest stages around the world.

Fans can watch the HSBC SVNS action wherever you are in the world, either via broadcaster partners or online on RugbyPass TV. All matches taking place on pitch two in Cape Town will be live-streamed on RugbyPass TV.

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