Port Elizabeth in South Africa's Eastern Cape province will host the South African leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series for the next five years, after coming out as clear winners in a competitive tendering process.
The announcement was made by the South African Rugby Union (SARU) in Cape Town on th 13 April 2011 after the recommendation of a tender committee was accepted by the SARU Executive Council.
The inaugural Port Elizabeth event will be hosted at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in early December this year. The International Rugby Board will confirm the dates of the Port Elizabeth event as well as of the rest of the HSBC Sevens World Series for 2011/12 in due course.
The Outeniqua Park in George played host to the popular event for the first time in 2002 and went on to stage the tournament for nine consecutive years
The HSBC Sevens World Series is a series of international rugby union sevens tournaments. The tournaments, run by the IRB, feature national sevens teams.
Teams compete for the Sevens World Series title by accumulating points based on their finishing position in each tournament. Each season's circuit currently consists of eight tournaments in seven countries, and visits five of the six populated continents. South Africa, Australia; New Zealand, United States, Hong Kong, The United Arab Emirates, England and Scotland each host one tournament.