The Hong Kong Sevens is a sporting Saturnalia that melds the distinctive costumes of the Rio Carnival with the hurly-burly of La Tomatina and – it should be remembered – some first-class rugby from the world’s top teams.
What is Sevens?
Sevens is a cut-down, speeded up version of traditional rugby. Far quicker, higher scoring and with less rules, Sevens has a far wider appeal than the original fifteens version. The Hong Kong Rugby Sevens is the main event in the larger Sevens tournament which tours the world, with the ultimate champions decided on points earned from all of the tournaments.The Sevens game is often used as training ground for players to prove themselves, before moving onto fifteens. Two of the finest players to grace the Hong Kong tournament have been Jonah Lomu and David Campese, who fine-tuned their game in several years of Sevens’, before going on to dominate world rugby.
Twenty-eight national teams will be taking part in the 2015 tournament, which is an integral part of the Sevens World Series and will carry an extra frisson as part of the Olympic qualifying process. England, beaten 26-7 by New Zealand in the 2014 final, face Wales, Kenya and the United States initially, while Scotland was drawn with Australia, New Zealand and Portugal. Making its first appearance at the Sevens, Belgium will be the 57th nation to compete since the tournament’s inception.
Apart from being an exciting event in itself, Hong Kong Sevens is also an opportunity for you to help the medical charity Operation Smile China Medical Mission (OSCMM) which is an organisation specialised in aiding children born with a cleft lip or palate, by purchasing your Smile Ball from Hysan Place and the Sevens Village Booth - all proceeds will go to Operation Smile.
Join in the party on March 27, 28 and 29, 2015.
This post is proudly sponsored by Cathay Pacific.