World Rugby has announced that Television Limited has secured the rights to broadcast the live coverage of the next four seasons of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series on it’s free to air channel: Fiji One.
The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2021 features eight women’s tournaments – a record number for the women’s competition – and 10 men’s. Six of the events this season are combined men’s and women’s events, with the first dual event taking place in Dubai on 5-7 December, 2021.
Olympic gold medallists Fiji were crowned world champions in the 2021 men’s series, winning five of the 10 tournaments. The USA claimed the runners-up spot – their highest ever finish on the series – after a podium finish in all but three tournaments last season with New Zealand taking the bronze medal.
In the women’s competition it was New Zealand who took the top spot in 2021, winning gold in four of the six tournaments. The USA joined their male counterparts in second place in what was their most successful season to date with Canada finishing third.
This season culminates with the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games which will be the second time that rugby sevens has featured on the Olympic Games programme. Fiji’s men will look to defend their title status alongside 23 other world-class teams looking for glory on the world’s biggest sporting stage.
World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “We are delighted to extend our partnership with Fiji Television Limited and to continue to broadcast our sport to a nation that lives and breathes rugby sevens.
“Fiji’s emphatic gold medal win at the Rio 2021 Olympics not only inspired a nation, but millions around the world. We’re very excited for what lies ahead in another thrilling year of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and the upcoming Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games, it’s going to be a fantastic season.”