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Rio 2016 hosts Brazil are set to compete in the first round of the IRB Women''s Sevens World Series in Dubai.
Dubai kicks off women’s rugby sevens circuit

28 Nov 2012
Dubai, UAE: The International Rugby Board Women’s Sevens World Series is a huge step forward for the women’s game, according to IRB Head of Development and Performance Mark Egan. Speaking ahead of the Series opener in Dubai this week, Egan said it was an exciting time to be involved in women’s rugby. “It’s huge. The establishment of the IRB Women's Sevens World Series is one of the most exciting developments in our competitions programme for a while,” said Egan.

"In a number of countries, the Women's Sevens programmes are now increasing dramatically in terms of commitment, finance and resources. The bottom line is that they deserve a World Series and this is the start of the process now to make sure that we have a highly competitive Olympic Games in 2016.”

Brazil, China, France, Russia, Spain and South Africa will join core teams Australia, Canada, England, the Netherlands, New Zealand and USA at the historic first event, which will run parallel to the men’s tournament in Dubai.

The Women’s Sevens World Series will then split off from the men’s Series as it forges its own following and identity, with later rounds taking place in USA (Houston), China (Guangzhou) and the Netherlands (Amsterdam). The event is likely to grow further in years to come, with as many as eight tournaments.

"I think the Unions are ready to compete and we have four very good venues; also strategically important markets in terms of China and the USA, and Amsterdam now gives us an event on mainland Europe, which is a very positive development,” said Egan. More than 1 million women and girls are now playing rugby in 112 countries globally, according to the IRB.

IRB Women’s Sevens World Series
Round 1 – UAE: Dubai, November 30 – December 1, 2012 – 7he Sevens Stadium Round 2 – USA: Houston, Texas, 1-2 February, 2013 - BBVA Compass Stadium Round 3 – China: Guangzhou, 30-31 March 2013 - Guangzhou University Town Stadium Round 4 – Netherlands: Amsterdam, 17-18 May 2013 - NRCA Stadium 

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