Rugby Sevens, Hong Kong
Watch the best talent from the world’s 22 leading rugby nations descend on Hong Kong to contest one of the biggest events on the international rugby calendar – the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens.
The first Hong Kong Rugby Sevens tournament was held in March 1976, less than a year after Ian Gow, the promotions manager for a Hong Kong company, came up with the idea of sponsoring a tournament featuring the world’s top rugby teams. The inaugural competition featured eight nations: Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, Japan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Fiji. Today the competition features 24 teams from 22 countries. In 2000, the IRB launched its inaugural World Sevens Series. Today up to 12 of the world's top rugby teams participate in annual tournaments in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Asia, Dubai, South Africa and South America.
Renowned for its carnival atmosphere, the Hong Kong Sevens tournament is definitely the biggest party on the IRB Seven's calendar, lasting two and a half days, from Friday afternoon to Sunday evening. In the final of the 2008 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sevens, New Zealand defeated South Africa 26 to 12.
Date Held in March each year
Location Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Venue Hong Kong Stadium. Hong Kong’s main sports stadium was redeveloped in 1994 with a seating capacity of 40,000.
Founded 1976 (Hong Kong); IRB World Series 1999/2000 season.
Number of teams 24 (drawn into six pools of four teams each)
Getting there The stadium is located at So Kon Po, Causeway Bay, just a short walk from the Causeway Bay MTR or by Citybus 5B from Hong Kong Central.
Visually stunning Hong Kong offers an eclectic mix of eastern and western influences set against a fascinating backdrop of modern skyscrapers, colonial buildings and traditional temples. For the cheapest cruise in China and possibly the best views of Hong Kong Island’s towering skyscrapers and peaks, ride the century-old green-and-white Star Ferry as it weaves between ocean-going ships, Chinese junks and tugboats in a thrilling five-minute harbour crossing from Tsim Sha Tsui to Hong Kong Island (and back). Discover some of the world's best shopping in Central on Hong Kong Island, in Kowloon’s bustling Tsim Sha Tsui or at one of the famous street markets such as Stanley Market where you can browse for Chinese artwork and silk collectibles. Just before dusk, ride the cable car up to The Peak to see the city’s lights twinkle throughout the city below. Or from the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront watch the spectacular ‘A Symphony of Lights’ show – a synchronised multimedia display accompanied by music and held at 8pm every evening, featuring 44 buildings on both sides of the Victoria Harbour of Hong Kong.
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