Europe’s top Rugby Sevens stars will be heading back to Exeter next July after it was confirmed Sandy Park will again host the final leg of the Rugby Europe 2016 Grand PRIX 7s series.
Thousands of spectators packed into the Devon venue for this year’s hugely successful event, which brought together Europe’s top 12 countries for two days of thrilling on-field action.
As one of the 13 venues for this year’s Rugby World Cup, Sandy Park is ideally placed amongst a hot bed of rugby in the South West, creating an ideal opportunity for supporters from around the region, and further afield, to enjoy yet more international rugby following the success of three sell-out Rugby World Cup fixtures at Sandy Park.
The 2016 leg of the tournament at Sandy Park will take place on July 9 and 10 – with competing teams confirmed in due course.
Speaking about the appointment, Exeter Chiefs Chief Executive, Tony Rowe OBE said: “As a club we’re delighted that Sandy Park has again been chosen as a venue for the Rugby Europe 2016 Grand PRIX 7s series.
“Fresh from hosting three fantastic Rugby World Cup games, we know Sandy Park has the ability to provide the perfect setting for supporters to come along and see international players in action.
“This year’s European Sevens event was a great success for everyone involved and we believe the 2016 Series will be even bigger and better.”
Commenting on the announcement, Rugby Europe President and IOC Member Octavian Morariu said: “Coming back to Exeter with the 7’s Grand Prix Series is a huge exciting in many respects. The organization of the event and the atmosphere across the weekend were absolutely amazing in this summer. It is the perfect symbol of Rugby Europe’s objectives: the XV game and the RWC, sevens rugby and the Olympics.
“Indeed, the Exeter leg in 2016 will be the last one before Rio and one which will witness the best of the 12 European teams. Finally, the opportunity to work again with the RFU and Exeter Chiefs is one which everyone at Rugby Europe is looking forward too.”
Cllr Rosie Denham, Lead Councillor for Economy and Culture said: “This is great news for the city. We’ve put Exeter on the world map this year with the Rugby World Cup 2015 and to be told that Sandy Park is to host this prestigious competition once again is the icing on the cake.” The Rugby Europe Seven at Sandy Park, catch them if you can! July 9 & 10 2016.