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BC Place to get rugby sevens

BC Place Stadium will host a stop on the World Rugby Sevens Series in 2016.

Canada faced opposition from 20 bidding nations to stage the two-day event in March 2016 that will feature 16 of the world’s top men’s sevens teams.

The Canadian campaign was led by John Furlong, former president and CEO of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, and former Canadian rugby captain Gareth Rees, a World Rugby Hall of Fame inductee.

The full list of host cities for the sevens tour will be announced in March 2015.

The men’s event comes on the heels of Canada being selected to host a stop on the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series annually in Langford, BC, starting in April 2015.

And it comes amidst a spotlight on sevens, which will debut in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

The 2014-15 men’s seven series features stops in Australia, Dubai, South Africa, New Zealand, the U.S., Hong Kong, Japan, Scotland and England.

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