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First on EWN: Cape Town set to host SA leg of World Sevens Series

Cape Town stadium will replace Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Bay stadium.

Cape Town Stadium. Picture: Leah Rolando/Primedia

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town will be the new host city for the South African leg of the World Sevens Series circuit.

Cape Town stadium will replace Port Elizabeth's Nelson Mandela Bay stadium as the host venue for this year's tournament.

The South African Rugby Union has opted not to renew the current Port Elizabeth contract, moving the event to the Mother City from December this year.

The Eastern Cape city hosted the tournament from 2011 until last year.

Nelson Mandela Bay municipality and the City of Cape Town were the only two cities vying to host the popular rugby tournament.

The City of Cape Town and the South African Rugby Union will officially make the announcement on Friday.

While disappointed at the possibility of being replaced as hosts of the South African leg of the IRB World Sevens Series, Eastern Province rugby authorities said they were excited about the future of big-time rugby in the region.

EP Rugby president, Cheeky Watson, said there was still plenty to look forward to for fans in the Eastern Cape.

"Naturally we had four wonderful years with the World Sevens Series, and we would have loved to continue to host the event, but now we are looking forward to a very exciting programme which lies ahead."

He added that the EP Kings were part of the Currie Cup Premier Division which has brought the top-level of domestic rugby to Port Elizabeth and the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium for the first time in many years.

"Then we will have the Southern Kings entrenched in the Super Rugby competition for five seasons, plus we will be in a position to bid for a number of Springbok tests to be held at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium."