Hamilton will again host the 2019 HSBC NZ Sevens leg of the World Rugby Sevens , but the future beyond that is uncertain. In the meantime next year’s event will be held on 26-27 January at Waikato Stadium.
The city hosted the tournament over the weekend with sell-out crowds at Waikato Stadium on both days.
Fiji took out the title after beating South Africa 24-17. New Zealand had to settle for fourth.
The New Zealand Rugby Union and World Rugby said the inaugural event in Hamilton over the weekend was a success, but New Zealand must now tender to host a series from 2020 onwards.
New Zealand Sevens Tournament general manager Steve Dunbar said hosting a world series in New Zealand could not be taken for granted.
The Flying Fijians have produced an incredible comeback to beat South Africa and win the NZ Sevens in Hamilton
While it won’t be broadcast on television anywhere in the US, you can still watch a 2019 HSBC NZ Sevens live stream of the entire tournament on your computer, phone or streaming device via ESPN+, the new digital streaming service from ESPN that broadcasts dozens of international rugby matches.