When the IRB released information detailing the unions that had submitted tenders to host IRB World Sevens Series events starting in the 2015-2016 season it did so by highlighting the growth of the sport. A total of seventeen unions stated that they were going to bid of whom all IRB defined regions are represented.
Joining Brazil from CONSUR is Argentina while Canada is set to either have NACRA allocated a second event or to have the Las Vegas Sevens moved to Vancouver. Interest from Europe has come from France, Germany and Holland in addition to existing hosts England and Scotland while Kenya joins South Africa to give the CAR two bidders. Australia and New Zealand continue to be the Oceania bidders while Singapore joins Japan, Hong Kong and the UAE from Asia.
The CBRu made an official announcement on Tuesday, selecting São Paulo are the destination for a Brazilian hosted Sevens event. Despite Brazil being against the odds the CBRu nonetheless is talking up its chances due to the Olympic Games and arguments put forward in the bid which argues for São Paulo to host as part of spreading the message of the expanding global game.
São Paulo would need to firstly be considered better than Argentina as an option. Argentina's likely host city is the beach resort city of Mar del Plata which has experience in hosting test match rugby, the 2001 IRB Sevens World Cup and has been put forward in the Book as a strong option for hosting matches in a Rugby World Cup in Argentina.
The IRB firstly needs to determine how many events it is wanting. There is room for at least four more to add to the current nine host nations from the 2013-2014 season. Of the nine Scotland could be said to be very likely to lose out with a move to continental Europe likely for at least one leg. Vancouver's bid would appear to be one of the most convincing which suggests the Americas could indeed have three with Brazil being the one to miss out.