Premiership Rugby today confirmed a red hot summer of sevens to coincide with the sport's return to the Olympic Games.
The second year of the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series will kick off in Cardiff before visiting Exeter Chiefs, Northampton Saints and Newcastle Falcons with the Series Final at the Ricoh Arena.
“The 7s Series kicked off in 2010 and since then it has become a date to look forward to in the rugby calendar," said the Rugby Director at Premiership Rugby, Phil Winstanley.
“Sevens is at its most high profile this year with its return to the Olympics in Rio and Premiership Rugby continues to lead the way when it comes to club sevens.
“Last year’s final was won with a try in the last second of the final game between Wasps and Newport Gwent Dragons and we can expect this year’s series to be just as exciting.”
Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Schedule
Group A Date: Friday 22 July Venue: BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
- Cardiff Blues
- Newport Gwent Dragons
Group B Date: Saturday 23 July Venue: Sandy Park, Exeter
- Bath Rugby
- Exeter Chiefs
- London Irish/ Promoted Club
Group C Date: Friday 29 July Venue: Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton Saints
- Gloucester Rugby
- Northampton Saints
Group D Date: Saturday 30 July Venue: Kingston Park, Newcastle
- Leicester Tigers
- Newcastle Falcons
- Sale Sharks
- Worcester Warriors
Series Final Date: Saturday 6 August Venue: Ricoh Arena, Coventry
The top two teams from each group will qualify for the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series Final.
The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series is the only event where you can see all 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs.
The 2015 Champions Newport Gwent Dragons will kick off the 2016 series on 22 July as the four Welsh Pro teams go head-to-head in an exciting afternoon of summer derby rugby at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.
The series will continue the following day as Exeter Chiefs host a leg at Sandy Park for the first time in the tournament’s history.
A week later, the sevens will return to Franklin’s Gardens on 29 July with the last group action at Kingston Park on 30 July.
Two teams from each group will qualify for the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series Final which will see eight teams competing for the 2016 title at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on Saturday, 6 August.
Tickets for the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series are now on sale here.