World Rugby has announced that First National Bank will be a ‘Global Partner’ of Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022, which will take place from 9-11 September at Cape Town Stadium.
As a Global Partner, FNB joins the top tier of commercial support for RWC7s.
“Building on the success of the format at the Olympics last year, RWC7s 2022 will provide an excellent opportunity to showcase the very best of sevens and bring joy and excitement to the fans inside the spectacular Cape Town Stadium and those watching around the world,” said World Rugby Chief Executive Alan Gilpin. “Cape Town has a great track record of hosting world-class events on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, in front of a passionate and knowledgeable crowd, and we look forward to working with SA Rugby, FNB and all our valued partners, as we prepare for what promises to be a highly entertaining and action-packed three days of rugby sevens.”
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“Over the years, rugby has helped unify our country and has provided a unique platform for South Africa to showcase its sporting talent on the global stage,” said FNB CEO Jacques Celliers. “The RWC7s 2022 South Africa is another opportunity for us to continue living our legacy of ‘help’, ‘hope’ and ‘togetherness’. We are very proud to be part of this monumental occasion and look forward to hosting eager rugby fans from across the globe in South Africa.”
Organisers are planning for a packed Cape Town Stadium, with World Rugby announcing that tickets will go on sale at 09h00 on Monday, 28 February at www.rwcsevens.com.
“The global vaccine roll-out has allowed the return of capacity crowds around the world and we’re expecting that experience to return to South Africa by the time of the Rugby World Cup,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby. “The opportunity of seeing the best rugby teams on the planet vying for the title of world champions hasn’t been experienced in South Africa since 1995, which will make this a very special occasion.”
Tickets will cost between R150 and R1,750 with most tickets (72%) priced between R250 (for category D on Day One) and R1,350 (Category B on Day Three). Discounted family and scholar tickets and packages, as well as a ‘Party Stand’ package, will also be available.
“It has been a long, dark winter for the sevens in South Africa, but this marks our bursting back into the light,” said Roux. “Health and safety of athletes and fans will be of the highest priority, and the current expectation is that all attendees will need to be vaccinated to gain entry. That requirement may be dropped in due course, at which point the requirement will be removed.
Details of event hospitality, as well as tour and travel packages, will be announced in due course.
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