Mar 15, 2012|
Love it or loathe it, it can’t be denied that the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens is one of the biggest events on the city’s social calendar. On the last weekend in March, 40,000 fans will descend upon Hong Kong Stadium to dress up in silly costumes, throw back beer, and—of course—watch some rugby.
This year, the matches are even more important because the Hong Kong Sevens will be the qualifying matches for the HSBC Sevens World Series. This means that the three best teams that are currently not part of the 12-team HSBC Sevens World Series lineup will qualify to participate in the HSBC Sevens World Series next year when it becomes a 15-team tournament.
So you can expect some exciting and highly competitive play from Canada, China, Guyana, Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Tonga, Uruguay and Zimbabwe as they fight to join the core teams Argentina, Australia, England, Fiji, France, Kenya, New Zealand, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, USA and Wales in the 2012-2013 World Series.
Ahead of the biggest sporting weekend of the year, Susie Riza gets up-close and personal with the Hong Kong rugby team.
Online exclusive interview with the New Zealand Sevens team coach.
The Sevens wouldn’t be the Sevens without a display of zany costumes. Sarah Fung has last-minute ideas for the disorganized.
No ticket? No problem! Grace Brown rounds up the best places to catch the game with comfy seats, good food and slightly fewer drunk people.