World Rugby, on Tuesday morning, announced New Zealand as Champions of both the Men’s and Women’s editions of the 2019-2020 HSBC World Series.
New Zealand are World Series champions for both the women’s and men’s outings courtesy of being top of the standings before the pandemic interrupted the Series with five of the eight women’s rounds and six of the ten men’s rounds successfully completed.
Uganda will miss out on the action of the 2020-2021 HSBC World Series after Japan was promoted from the World Challenger Series courtesy of the position, having attained the highest cumulative points.
The top eight core teams after the two rounds from the Challenger Series were meant to compete in the final play-off tournament for a spot in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, to replace the bottom-placed team in the World Series in the following season.
However, today’s announcement from World Rugby confirms there will be no relegation, although Japan will join the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2021 as the 16th core team. Furthermore, there will be no promotion to the women’s Series this year.
Uganda Rugby Cranes Will not be Relegated from the Challenger Series
World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “While it is very disappointing for players, fans, organizers and everyone involved to have to cancel these events due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the health and wellbeing of the rugby community and wider society remains the number one priority.
“These difficult decisions have been taken following detailed consultation with our union partners and in line with advice from the various government and public health agencies around the world, given the global nature of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
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