Dubai Will Host The First Round Of The IRB Women's Sevens World Series
Dubai will host the first round of the new IRB Women's Sevens World Series at the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, according to GULF NEWS. Dubai is "the first of four global stops on the inaugural women’s series," which pits the best sevens teams from around the world against each other ahead of qualification for the 2016 Rio Games. The first round "will be played over two days on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, forming part of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens," the three-day festival of rugby which attracts almost 100,000 fans every year. The "system mirrors the men’s HSBC Sevens World Series," with each 12-team event featuring six core teams who will play across all four events and six teams who will be invited based on regional tournament rankings. The six core teams for the inaugural IRB Women’s Sevens World Series are Australia, Canada, England, Netherlands, New Zealand and USA (GULF NEWS, 10/4).