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Tickets for new-look HSBC SVNS' Cape Town debut go on sale

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Varian Pasquet of France scores a try during the 9th Place Play-Off match between Australia and France on day 3 of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens at DHL Stadium on December 11, 2022 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Grant Pitcher/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Tickets have gone on sale for the first leg of the new-look HSBC SVNS, the revamped and rebranded global celebration of Rugby Sevens by World Rugby which begins at Cape Town’s DHL Stadium on December 9-10 (click here to buy tickets).

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The event aims to expand rugby’s global reach and appeal, targeting younger, leisure-seeking audiences. HSBC SVNS CPT promises an unforgettable experience, combining sport, entertainment, and culture against the stunning backdrop of Table Mountain.

This brand-new HSBC SVNS will span two action-packed days, featuring a unique festival of sport, music, food, fitness, and immersive experiences. The event embraces summertime vibes, offering sun-soaked days and attracting a new generation of audiences through the fusion of rugby, music, food, and well-being.

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HSBC SVNS CPT celebrates local cuisine and culture, adding a unique flavor to the event in Cape Town, also known as the ‘Mother City’. Participants can enjoy various competitive and social sports, ranging from non-contact rugby to functional fitness.

For those seeking an elevated experience, The Sun Room and Spring Hotel will offer premium and exclusive settings with excellent views of world-class rugby, accompanied by delectable food, beverages, and live entertainment.

A Destination: SVNS campaign was unveiled to mark the launch, positioning HSBC SVNS as the ultimate summer-style destination.

It promises a vibrant atmosphere filled with entertainment and immersive experiences from sunrise to sunset. With its bold vision and enticing offerings, HSBC SVNS CPT aspires to become a global rugby extravaganza, drawing in diverse audiences and making rugby sevens more accessible and appealing than ever before.

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World Rugby CEO Alan Gilpin said: “We are excited to be launching HSBC SVNS CPT with a new concept on and off the field, broadening the reach and appeal of the sport in Cape Town, one of the world’s iconic and vibrant cities.

“HSBC SVNS CPT will bring together a truly immersive festival of rugby, music, food and experiences to create the ultimate weekend-long get-together for young people. It will be the hottest ticket in town and open a new era for the sport.”

SA Rugby CEO Rian Oberholzer added: “This tournament manages to bring supporters from all over the world together in a massive celebration of Rugby Sevens. With all the add-ons of the new-look series, tickets to this popular event will again be a much-sought-after item.

“The setting, the wonderful stadium, the hospitality and love for rugby from the fans bring a unique Cape Town experience to the tournament and with 24 of the world’s best teams in action, they can expect the best of two worlds – brilliant athletes on display in a brilliant environment and atmosphere.”

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On the field, the competition format has been revamped with HSBC SVNS CPT set to deliver even more drama, excitement and jeopardy. Under the new model, HSBC SVNS delivers gender parity with all seven regular rounds and the Grand Final featuring combined men’s and women’s competitions and equal participation fees, with a 70 per cent uplift in World Rugby’s investment in participation fees as a commitment to sustainable growth.

Springbok Sevens captain Siviwe Soyizwapi said: “I have played in more than 50 tournaments and can honestly say that the revamped series has combined all the best elements from those experiences. We are particularly looking forward to HSBC SVNS in Cape Town as this is our only opportunity to play in front of friends, family and fiercely loyal Sevens supporters.

“There is no doubt that the new format will see tickets sell fast, so supporters need to make sure they are not missing out on what is going to be a memorable weekend.”

Nadine Roos, who captained South Africa in the Mother City in 2022, added: “It is going to be a massive season for us. In the two previous events in Cape Town, we played as an invitational team, but this time around we have earned our spot and we will be determined to continue progressing and making our country proud.

“The new innovations will benefit all the players and it really means a lot to our squad that we will be part of this exciting journey. We know the South African crowds will again back their teams at this wonderful tournament in huge numbers. December 9 and 10 cannot arrive quickly enough.”

  • Tickets for HSBC SVNS CPT are now on sale at SVNS.com and Ticketmaster. Unreserved seats start at R350, with Reserved seats from R500 and exclusive Next Level Experiences available from R1500
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