Following the success of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, the women's sevens series takes place in six global destinations in 2016-17, underlining World Rugby's commitment to the ongoing growth and development of women's rugby around the world.
The 2016-17 series will be the fifth for the women's teams. New Zealand claimed the first three series, but Australia capped a remarkable 2016 by winning the series and going on to claim the gold medal in Rio, beating New Zealand in the final.
Coupled with the spike in interest after the Olympic Games, the series has sparked significant growth in the women's game with increased appetite for broadcast, live streaming and social media. In fact, women's rugby is now one of the fastest-growing team sports in the world.
The Women's Sevens Series concept is in line with key strategic objectives set out in the World Rugby Women’s Rugby Plan, expanding the women’s Sevens international competition model, particularly at the elite level of the game.
The core teams for the 2016-17 season are: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, England, France, USA, Russia, Fiji, Spain, Brazil and Ireland. The 12th team at each round will be an invitational team.
Dubai: 1-2 December, 2016
Sydney: 3-4 February, 2017
Las Vegas: 3-5 March, 2017
Kitakyushu, Japan: 23-24 April, 2017
Langford, Canada: 27-28 May, 2017
Clermont-Ferrand: 24-25 June, 2017