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Asian Games highlights new rugby sevens season

20 Aug 2014
Hong Kong, China:  With just 30 days to go until the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, a thrilling season for rugby fans begins this weekend as the 2014 Asian Rugby Football Union’s Asian Sevens Series opens in Hong Kong. The Series has been reduced from four tournaments to three to make way for the Asian Games on this season’s calendar but the action kicks off on August 23 and 24 when Hong Kong Football Club hosts the first ever Hong Kong Asian Sevens, with 20 men’s and women’s teams competing.

Following Hong Kong, the men’s teams will travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the second leg. After breaking for the Asian Games, the men’s and women’s teams return to China – this time to Beijing as the China Rugby Association host its first elite ARFU competition in the capital.

Last year’s Series saw a thrilling duel between eventual champions Japan and Hong Kong over the four tournaments, with Japan emerging No. 1. South Korea, two time Asian Games sevens gold medallists, will be another dark horse, along with China, in the men’s competition as they ramp up to defend their home turf at the Asian Games in Incheon. 

Strong challenges can also be expected from Malaysia and Thailand but most fans are expecting another titanic struggle between Japan and Hong Kong over the coming months. In recent years China and Japan have dominated the Asian women’s sevens scene and it will be no different this weekend in Hong Kong. Japan are the Series’ defending champions after narrowly piping China to last year’s title on points scored after they finished level on top of the standings. 
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