Scotland to lose place on IRB World Sevens circuit

Ibrox was packed for the sevens at the Commonwealth Games, but it was not enough to prevent the IRB looking at new markets
Ibrox was packed for the sevens at the Commonwealth Games, but it was not enough to prevent the IRB looking at new markets
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Scotland is to be replaced as a venue for the annual IRB Sevens World Series in losing out to Singapore, a report claims today.

According to Singapore daily, “Straits Times” the nine-fixture series is receiving a thorough shake-up with Vancouver and Paris also entering the circuit.

The report maintains that Tokyo, Las Vegas and Scotland will make way.

If confirmed the news will come as a huge blow to authorities at BT Murrayfield. While arguments based on Scotland being the ancestral home of seven-a-sides wearing thin, the success of the Commonwealth Games tournament in Glasgow this summer appeared to restore faith in the fact Scotland could attract bumper crowds, with the sevens games at Ibrox setting new attendance records for the abbreviated game.

An official announcement is expected later this week on the new four-year deal.