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Wellington to continues as sevens host

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 25/05/2016

Wellington will continue to host a leg of the sevens world series for the next three years.

The 2017 tournament will on be January 28 and 29.

NZ Rugby chief executive Steve Tew says a review of this year's tournament confirmed the capital as providing the best platform for the event.

"The feed-back we've always had is that the teams look forward to playing in Wellington," he said.

"The city is safe and compact, easy to get around, the training grounds and facilities are superb, the stadium is a world-class venue and the community is very welcoming."

Tew said changes were made to improve the fan experience in 2016, including new ticket prices and options, and a move to Saturday and Sunday.

"We want this tournament to be one that can be enjoyed by all fans, young and old, so 2016 marked a real turning point," he said.

"We'll make the necessary tweaks for 2017 to ensure Wellington continues to be a fantastic sevens host."

Wellington has staged a sevens tournament for 17 years.

However crowd numbers have declined from the days when Westpac Stadium was a sell-out and raised questions about the tournament's future in the city.

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