Team Canada captain Ashley Steacy powers her way through a U.S. defender in the Plate Final game at the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series at Westhills stadium in Langford last April. Rugby Canada conformed the event will be returning next April.

World rugby women’s event coming back to West Shore

Success of 2015 tournament gives Langford green light

Rugby Canada and Canada Sevens made it official this week: Langford will once again host the HSBC Women’s World Rugby Sevens Series.

The fourth stop on the 2016 schedule will be at Westhills Stadium April 16 and 17.

“It’s an honor to give fans and sports enthusiasts on the island the chance to experience the unique atmosphere that Rugby Sevens offers up,” Bill Cooper, CEO of Canada Sevens, said in a release. “Last year’s event in Langford drew 6,000 (fans), creating a world-class experience for both the athletes and fans, who took in 34 games over the course of the (weekend).”

Tickets will be available in November, with more details being announced in the coming weeks.

New Zealand, winners of the overall season series this past year, won last year’s Langford tournament with a 29-10 win over Russia in the cup final. Canada’s women, who train in Langford when not competing around the globe, finished second overall in the series and earned a berth in next year’s Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

“We are really excited to have the opportunity to play in front of our home fans again,” head coach John Tait said. “There is nothing more powerful than support from a Canadian crowd at what will be a critical tournament for us as we chase our goal of seven series and Olympic champions.”

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