DHL, the official logistics partner of Rugby World Cup 2015, has underscored its commitment to the global game by extending its partnership with the men's and women's HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
With rugby sevens reaching out and inspiring new fans in record numbers around the world ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the 2015/16 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series is set to showcase rugby sevens at its dynamic, exciting best across 10 major international destinations.
The announcement follows a captivating opening week at Rugby World Cup 2015, for which DHL is handling all freight and logistics for the 20 participating teams and fulfilling a range of other requirements, including international ticket distribution and anti-doping sample delivery to laboratories.
DHL's support will also include logistics provision for some of the teams taking part in the 2015-16 season, as well as supporting World Rugby's development of the game among new audiences and in new territories through various community initiatives.
World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: "Rugby sevens is going from strength to strength ahead of the Olympic Games and the men's and women's series have been at the heart of the global sevens success story with their winning brand of high-octane, competitive and broadcast-friendly action, global locations and festival atmosphere.
"We look forward to working with DHL to further the promotion of the game around the world as the sporting community looks forward to Rio 2016."
Ken Allen, CEO, DHL Express said: "Our partnership with the HSBC Sevens World Series reaffirms our commitment to a sport which shares many of DHL's core values, such as teamwork, passion and a will to win.
"We're delighted to extend our support for the international game on an annual basis, taking our delivery of rugby to new and existing fans across the globe beyond the four-year cycle of the Rugby World Cup, and helping nurture interest in, and a love for, the sport among fresh enthusiasts and potential stars of the future."
Earlier this year, World Rugby revealed the full schedule of 10 cities that will host a round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series for the next four years with new destinations Sydney, Cape Town, Vancouver, Singapore and Paris expanding rugby's reach around the globe.
The 2015-16 series will kick-off after Rugby World Cup 2015 enabling the best 15s players to participate across the entire series ahead of rugby sevens' Olympic Games debut.