HSBS Sevens World Series
Scotland Sevens moves to Glasgow
December 9, 2011
Scotland will hope to celebrate more success at Scotstoun © Getty Images
The International Rugby Board has confirmed that the penultimate round of the HSBC Sevens World Series will be played in Glasgow rather than the traditional venue Murrayfield.
The Scottish Rugby Union are making an active effort to distribute international rugby around the country and although Murrayfield has hosted the Scotland round of the Sevens series in the past, Scotstoun Stadium - Glasgow Warriors' ground from next season - will host it on the weekend of May 5-6, 2012.
Explaining the decision, IRB vice-chairman Bill Beaumont said: "Scotland is the home of sevens and today's announcement represents a further boost for the sport as we count down to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and rugby's return to the Olympic Games stage in Rio in 2016.
"We are confident that the Scottish Rugby's commitment to deliver a spectacular round of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Glasgow in 2012 and 2013 will be a huge success and engage new fans throughout Glasgow, across Scotland and from further afield."
IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: "Sevens continues to go from strength to strength and 2011 has been a year of significant milestones. We have achieved record broadcast and attendance figures for the HSBC Sevens World Series, delivered a first IRB women's event alongside the Series, and welcomed Japan as a new host country and two new venues in the Gold Coast and Port Elizabeth.
"We are delighted to be welcoming Glasgow to the HSBC Sevens World Series and I would like to thank the Scottish Rugby Union for its ongoing commitment as a proud host and participating nation.
"Sport can be a tremendous power for good in society; keeping young people fit, teaching them about fair play, camaraderie and teamwork. Sport provides role models for the young people in our country to look up to and learn from and it is only right that we support events such as the Glasgow Sevens. I'm very pleased that we are part of the launch today and we look forward to working with Scottish Rugby and all those involved in making the event a worldwide success."
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