Cape Town will replace Port Elizabeth as host city for the South African leg of the Sevens World Series reports SaRugbyMag.co.za
PE has held the tournament since 2011, following George’s nine-year stint, but Saru has opted not to renew the current contract.
The two-day event in mid-December will now be held at Cape Town Stadium in Green Point.
The City of Cape Town and Saru will officially make the announcement on Friday.
The decision to change venues will please long-time sevens rugby sponsor Emirates, which doesn’t fly to PE but has two daily flights to Cape Town. While Emirates no longer sponsors the SA tournament (with Cell C taking over), it does still sponsor the Dubai and Scotland legs.
World Series title-sponsor HSBC will also be happy to have the SA leg of the tournament based in a city that will be full of tourists during the holiday season.
Cape Town Stadium is situated close to the V&A Waterfront, the rugby fields of Hamiltons Rugby Club (where the Cape Town 10s is held), and Green Point’s restaurants and bars.