World sevens switch to Glasgow

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Glasgow's Scotstoun Stadium will in May host the IRB Sevens World Series in place of Murrayfield, organisers have announced.

The penultimate tournament in the nine-event series will switch from the SRU headquarters, which has previously been the host, to Scotstoun as Glasgow steps up preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

IRB vice-chairman Bill Beaumont said: "Scotland is the home of sevens and today's announcement represents a further boost for the sport as we count down to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and rugby's return to the Olympic Games stage in Rio in 2016."

He added: "We are confident that Scottish Rugby's commitment to deliver a spectacular round of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Glasgow in 2012 and 2013 will be a huge success and engage new fans throughout Glasgow, across Scotland and from further afield."

Scotstoun Stadium, home to the Glasgow Warriors team from next season, will see 16 teams from across the world competing on May 5 and 6, with 15,000 fans expected to attend.

The game of sevens is widely believed to have been invented in the Scottish Border town of Melrose in 1883.

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