Forty groups from 34 worldwide rugby unions
will fly to Hong Kong for the Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong
Sevens, the world’s largest rugby event, on 5-7
April 2019.
The 40 groups in a single place mark the most important gathering
of rugby unions wherever on the planet in 2019.
Sixteen males’s sides will contest the Cathay
Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, the seventh of ten legs on the HSBC
World Rugby Sevens Collection, whereas 12 males’s and girls’s groups take
half in world qualifiers for a shot at promotion to their
respective Collection.

 Over 120,000 followers are anticipated to throng the
stadium to benefit from the sights and sounds of the sevens throughout three
days of world-class rugby revelry and leisure. All of it provides
as much as one of many sporting world’s final bucket listing occasions,
bringing life to the occasion’s sobriquet: ‘Hong Kong Sevens, the place
the world involves play.’
The enjoyable shouldn’t be confined to the stadium both,
with the Hong Kong Rugby Union (HKRU) redoubling its efforts to
share the spirit of the sevens with all of Hong Kong. The sevens
will spill into the streets as soon as once more with the HKRU staging two
outside fanzones.
Lately, these out-of-stadium
initiatives that includes rugby demonstrations, video games, meals, music,
and rugby motion on massive screens, have attracted extra cumulative
guests than the 120,000 spectators contained in the stadium over the
weekend.
As ever, all this amusement is in help of a great
trigger. Aside from being the lifeblood of native rugby, this yr’s
occasion marks the persevering with engagement between the HKRU and world
sports activities growth charity, Laureus, the primary official charity of
the Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens. Proceeds raised from
this yr’s marketing campaign will assist the quite a few worldwide
sporting charities funded by Laureus, together with a number of programmes
collectively recognized by Laureus and the Hong Kong Rugby Union
Neighborhood Basis.
With the highest 4 finishers on this yr’s
collection mechanically qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo,
the motion on pitch within the collection has been compelling so far with
the collection stars set to scorch the stadium observe as soon as once more in
2019.
The USA is making waves, having reached the cup
remaining in each occasion this season, good for tied first with New
Zealand, who beat them within the finals in Dubai and Sydney. Each the
Eagles and the All Blacks are stage on 76 factors.
The peloton is sizzling on their heels, together with
Fiji, who will probably be chasing a primary ever five-peat at their
home-away-from-home occasion in Comfortable Valley. Fiji are in third on 72
factors after beating the USA in Cape City and Hamilton. Fan
favourites England and South Africa spherical out the highest 5, with
South Africa in fourth (57 factors), adopted by England simply two
factors again. Australia, Scotland, Spain, Argentina, Samoa, Canada,
France, Kenya, Wales and Japan full the World Collection desk
forward of the Las Vegas and Vancouver tournaments in March.

The 16th taking part crew, invited by World
Rugby, is Portugal.
The world’s rising rugby nations battle it out
within the qualifiers, with promotion to the World Collection on faucet for
the winners. The uber-competitive males’s qualifier sees 10 of final
yr’s 12 groups returning to hunt for the highest spot, claimed by
Japan in 2018, together with all three cup semi-finalists.
 Germany,
who reached the ultimate final yr, and Russia – relegated from the
collection – return, together with Eire, whose look in 2018 –
after they reached the semi-finals – was their first right here in over a
decade. Uganda and Zimbabwe return from Africa, with Jamaica
(North) and Uruguay and Chile (South) representing the Americas
for a second straight yr. The Cook dinner Islands be part of the celebration from
Oceania, together with Tonga, in 2019. Hong Kong will fly the
area’s flag alongside Philippines, on their debut within the
qualifier, after making their first look in 2012 because the 16th
crew within the collection competitors.
The Ladies’s Qualifier continues to go from
power to power with the lure of taking part in beneath the lights
on the iconic Hong Kong Stadium coaxing even increased ranges of
efficiency out of the world’s high non-series sides. Hong Kong
will host 11 worldwide sides within the event that attracts
groups from every World Rugby area. 9 of final yr’s
opponents are returning, promising much more thrills than 2018’s
dramatic competitors the place China emerged victorious. With China on
the Ladies’s Collection this yr, the sector is broad open.
Uganda are on debut, bringing the entire quantity
of countries which have performed right here to 42 within the 22 years of the Hong
Kong Ladies’s Rugby Sevens cum ladies’s collection qualifier. Kenya, who
have been pipped by South Africa in final yr’s semis, may even
signify Africa. 2018 semi finalists Belgium, Poland and
Scotland, returning to ladies’s sevens competitors right here for the
first time for the reason that Hong Kong occasion debut in 1997, signify
Europe whereas Mexico, Brazil and Argentina line up for the Americas
and Papua New Guinea is Oceania’s entry. Collection veterans Japan
will probably be plotting their return to the world stage, however face a
sturdy risk from Kazakhstan and Hong Kong of their bid to say
regional bragging rights.
The draw for all three competitions will probably be held
on 11 March 2019 at Hysan Place in Hong Kong.

Rugby photos:

Photos from 2018 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,

Photos from 2017 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,

Photos from 2016 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
Kong Sevens,

Photos of Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015,

Photos of the Asia Rugby Sevens Olympic Video games Qualifier in Hong
Kong,

Photos of Singha Thailand Sevens 2015,

Photos from the 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour in Hong Kong,

Photos of Hong Kong Sevens 2014,

Photos of Hong Kong Sevens 2013,
Photos
of Chartis Cup 2012 and
Photos of
Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2012.

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