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Hong Kong, Japan, Chinese Taipei prepare for HK rugby sevens

16 Jan 2013
Hong Kong, China: As the countdown continues to the Olympic Games rugby sevens tournament in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union today announced the 28 teams that will take part in the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens on March 22-24. This year’s tournament marks the first time in the 38-year history of the Hong Kong Sevens that 28 teams have been hosted, up from the current 24-team format which was first adopted in 1984.

The 2013 Hong Kong Sevens will again host two side-by-side competitions: a 16-team HSBC Sevens World Series leg and a 12-team qualifying tournament on the road for promotion to the Sevens World Series in 2014.

The 16 teams in the main event are: Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Kenya, New Zealand, Portugal, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, United States, Wales and Hong Kong. The 12 teams in the qualifying tournament are: Tonga, Cook Islands, Georgia, Russia, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Mexico, Jamaica, Japan and Chinese Taipei, plus two teams from South America to be decided in a regional competition next month.

Three legs of the World Series have been held to date - Australia, Dubai and South Africa, each being won by a different nation as Fiji took first honours in Australia, Samoa won in Dubai and New Zealand claimed the title in South Africa.  Upcoming tournaments prior to Hong Kong will be held in New Zealand and the USA.

The draw for the Hong Kong Sevens will be held on Thursday, February 21. The Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2013 expects to welcome a total of 120,000 spectators over the three day-event, reaffirming the strong local and international demand that has made Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Sevens one of the world’s leading rugby destinations.
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