4 Mar 2014

NZ keen to host World Cup Sevens

6:25 pm on 4 March 2014

New Zealand Rugby wants to host the next World Cup Sevens tournament.

New Zealand is one of 12 countries that have expressed an interest in hosting the 2018 event.

They have to file a formal submission by early December and the successful host will be announced by the International Rugby Board in May next year.

New Zealand has never hosted a World Cup Sevens tournament despite being the dominant nation in the game.

The International Rugby Board has confirmed an unprecedented level of interest in hosting elite international Rugby Sevens events, underlining the growing global appeal of the newest Olympic sport.

As the expression of interest deadline closed at the end of last month, 25 Unions formally confirmed their interest in hosting a round of the Sevens World Series from the 2015/16 season.

Twelve of the Unions are also interested in hosting the showcase men's and women's Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2018.