With a bold ambition to supercharge rugby’s global reach and appeal by being more relevant and accessible to younger, leisure-hungry audiences, HSBC SVNS CPT aims to deliver the ultimate in immersive experiences, a unique festival of sport, entertainment and culture set against the stunning backdrop of Table Mountain.
Totally reimagined, the brand-new HSBC SVNS will bring together a unique festival of sport, music, food, fitness and immersive experiences across two action-packed days. HSBC SVNS CPT is all about summertime vibes: sun-soaked days and unique experiences as rugby, music, food, and wellbeing combine to attract a new generation of audiences.
Celebrating cuisine and culture, HSBC SVNS CPT will bring a unique local flavour, adding to the overall excitement and enjoyment of the event in the ‘Mother City’. There will also be a range of competitive and social sports for all, from non-contact rugby to functional fitness.
For those seeking a more premium and exclusive setting, The Sun Room and Spring Hotel will offer the best seat in the house to watch world class rugby, with food and beverages on tap and live entertainment.
To mark the launch, a ‘Destination: SVNS’ campaign, has been unveiled celebrating the new, vibrant HSBC SVNS brand that positions HSBC SVNS as the ultimate summer style destination, packed with entertainment and immersive experiences from sunrise to sunset.
World Rugby Chief Executive 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 one of the world’s iconic and vibrant cities, Cape Town.
“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 explained why the HSBC SVNS Cape Town has been recognised as one of the best sporting events in South Africa: “This tournament manages to bring supporters from all over the world together in a massive celebration of Rugby Sevens, and 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.”
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 is massively excited about the new developments: “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.”
For Nadine Roos, who captained South Africa in the Mother City in 2022, the elevation of the Springbok Women's Sevens team to core status has come at the perfect time: “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.”
HBSC SVNS – Festival dates
Dubai, UAE – 2-3 December, 2023
Cape Town, South Africa – 9-10 December, 2023
Perth, Australia – 26-28 January, 2024
Vancouver, Canada – 23-25 February, 2024
Los Angeles, USA – 2-3 March, 2024
Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR China – 5-7 April 2024
Singapore, Singapore – 3-5 May 2024
Madrid, Spain – 31 May – 2 June, 2024
About HSBC SVNS
Launching in December 2023, HSBC SVNS festivals will provide the annual platform for the world’s best Sevens athletes to shine with 12 men’s and women’s teams sharing a global stage at the same location.
Iconic festivals: HSBC SVNS will dial up its culture and entertainment offering at each destination, with food and drinks to match the local flavours, a range of competitive and social sports to get involved in, everything about HSBC SVNS will give you that feel-good factor, from sunrise to sunset.
Equal share of the spotlight: Fully combined and equal men’s and women’s festivals with number of men’s teams reduced from 16 to 12, aligning with the Olympic competition model.
Jeopardy right to the end: Annual ‘Grand Final’ will crown HSBC SVNS champions and offer pathway opportunity for four men’s and women’s teams to achieve promotion from the World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series.
Promotion and relegation reimagined: The teams ranked ninth to 12th will join the top four teams from the World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series in a high stakes relegation play-off competition which will see the top four teams secure their places in the next edition of HSBC SVNS.
Opportunity for all: The four unsuccessful teams will go into regional competitions to qualify for the next Challenger Series, which comprises of 12 men’s and 12 women’s teams competing in the second level of international rugby sevens.