The Dubai and Cape Town rounds of the 2020-21 World Seven Series have been cancelled owing to the coronavirus pandemic, World Rugby announced yesterday.
The global governing body mentioned that it would continue focusing on delivering the remaining of the 2021 series. A working group has been formed to review contingency plans and to monitor the preparations for the safe return of the sport.
The Dubai and Cape Town rounds was due to be held from 26th to 28th November 2020 and during 4th to 6th December 2020.
“"After a comprehensive consultation process it has been decided that the combined men's and women's Dubai and Cape Town round will not take place. The decisions were taken in line with relevant government and international public health authority advice and with the health and wellbeing of the rugby community and the wider public taking precedence," organisers said in a statement.
Both hosts are expected to return to a full series after this season.
The men’s and women’s World Sevens Series titles were awarded to New Zealand after the World Rugby cancelled the rest of the 2020 season last month, owing to novel coronavirus outbreak.