Sevens tournament moves from Wellington to Hamilton

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WELLINGTON MEMORY: The 2007 HSBC Wellington Sevens will be lodged firmly in the minds of Samoa fans across the globe.

WELLINGTON MEMORY: The 2007 HSBC Wellington Sevens will be lodged firmly in the minds of Samoa fans across the globe. (Photo: Mark Thompson/PHOTOSPORT)

The New Zealand leg of the Sevens World Series is moving from Wellington to Hamilton next year, Stuff has reported. 

Hamilton's hosting of the event was announced at FMG Stadium Waikato today.

The city will host the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series for 2018 and 2019.

Sevens general manager Steve Dunbar said Hamilton was the best choice for a change of venue for the New Zealand event.

Samoa celebrate their win against Fiji in the final on the final day of the IRB Rugby Sevens held at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand on Saturday, February 3, 2007. Photo: John Cowpland/PHOTOSPORT
Samoa celebrate their win against Fiji in the final on the final day of the IRB Rugby Sevens held at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand on Saturday, February 3, 2007. Photo: John Cowpland/PHOTOSPORT

"We reviewed the Wellington tournament, we've spoken to a number of cities who were interested in hosting the tournament and Hamilton's come out on top. We think there's a fantastic rugby venue here, custom made to deliver rugby," Dunbar said.

"We think we have a lot of opportunity to build the fan experience here in Hamilton.

We think the tickets will be very affordable. We think we can offer more than just a rugby tournament because of the venue we've got here in Hamilton.

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