The International Rugby Board had decided to open up the Sevens World Series to all nations in a qualifying tournament at the Hong Kong Sevens. According to the International Rugby Board:
Three teams will advance from a dedicated 12-team regional qualifier finale, securing coveted core team status and joining the current core teams…
Which would increase the number of teams participating in each leg of the Sevens World Series from 12 to 15.
I hate to play the part of the wet blanket on the IRB, but I have to ask –