The pools and match schedule have been confirmed for the HSBC Canada Sevens on 18-19 September, where a 12-team HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series men’s event will take place alongside a women’s Fast Four tournament at BC Place in Vancouver.
Many of the Series core teams who competed at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in July will return to action in Canada, alongside a number of invitational teams who will be looking to gain experience and make their mark on the Series.
The men’s Series competition sees the 12 teams divided into three pools of four teams, following the format used at the Olympic Games.
Pool A sees South Africa, who finished as 2020 Series runners-up after reaching the podium in four of the six events, drawn with Series core teams Kenya and Spain and invitational team Mexico.
In Pool B, Great Britain, who narrowly missed out on an Olympic medal after finishing fourth in Tokyo, will face Ireland and invitational teams Hong Kong and Jamaica.
Pool C includes the USA, Series runners-up in 2019, together with hosts Canada and invitational teams Germany and Chile. The hosts will be looking to repeat their performance from the HSBC Canada Sevens 2020 in Vancouver, where they thrilled the home crowd to claim the bronze medal.
Given the unique circumstances of the pandemic, there will be no relegation from the 2021 Series and the results will not contribute towards seedings for any other future events.
The complete HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2022 schedule will be announced later this month. Rugby sevens players and fans can look forward to a very busy and exciting year in 2022 with the Series followed by the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, on 29-31 July and Rugby World Cup Sevens in Cape Town, South Africa, on 9-11 September.
Vancouver 7s pooling
Pool A: South Africa, Kenya, Spain, Mexico
Pool B: Great Britain, Ireland, Hong Kong, Jamaica
Pool C: USA, Canada, Germany, Chile
Sat Sep 18, 2021
Kenya vs Spain 8:06 pm
Kenya vs Mexico 11:42 pm
Sun Sep 19, 2021
Kenya vs South Africa 3:35 am