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Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens 2007 Official Draw

Search ASIA Travel Tips .com Monday, 19 February 2007

[Live Results from the 2007 HK Sevens is Here and the main 2007 Sevens page Here] The Official Draw for the Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens 2007 was held late last week, at Hong Kongs Exchange Square. The Draw offered up another fascinating mix of traditional rugby rivalries and unique match-ups between the rugby worlds powerhouse nations and minnows that have made the Hong Kong Sevens famous worldwide as an international festival of rugby.

With the four IRB Sevens World Series tournaments played to date having been won by four different teams, (South Africa won in Dubai; New Zealand won in George, South Africa; Samoa won in Wellington and Fiji won the USA Sevens in San Diego), the Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens 2007 is shaping up to be among the most competitive ever.

Currently Fiji and New Zealand are tied on top of the IRB Sevens World Series with 60 points each, closely followed by South Africa with 56. Samoa, after winning their first ever IRB Sevens World Series event in Wellington, lies in fourth place on the points table with 48 points. Four-time Hong Kong Sevens champions England are also within striking range of the lead in fifth place with 36 points after reaching the Cup semi finals in the seasons opening two tournaments (Dubai and George). In total, only 24 points separate the five teams at the top of the table, a deficit that is easily remedied by taking home the Cup in Hong Kong with its expanded championship points offering of 30 points by virtue of being the only 24-team tournament on the IRB World Sevens Series.

The 30 series points up for grabs to the Cup champion in Hong Kong make this years Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens an important factor in determining the final IRB Sevens World Series standings. Adding to the excitement is the events US$150,000 prize purse, the most lucrative on the IRB Sevens circuit.

In line with IRB Sevens regulations, the Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens 2007 Official Draw sees the top 12 teams ranked based on their results from the preceding six IRB Sevens tournaments. For the Hong Kong leg, the seeding period runs from last years London and Paris Sevens through the first four IRB Sevens World Series 2006/2007 events.

For invited teams outside of these events, rankings are based upon appearances and results in earlier IRB Sevens events, as well as on past Hong Kong Sevens and satellite series results. All seedings and rankings have been ratified by the IRB.

Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens 2007 Official Draw - click to enlarge

By virtue of their series-leading performances to date Fiji is the tournament top seed and heads Pool A. Fiji will meet second-seeded Pool A team Scotland, the tournaments 12th seed overall, along with Portugal and Sri Lanka.

South Africa is the tournaments second overall seed in Pool B. The champions in Dubai will face a challenge from pool mates Wales, the tournaments 11th seed, as well as Tonga and Chinese Taipei.

In Pool C, Samoa, Cup winners in Wellington and Cup finalists at the most recent circuit event held in San Diego, are matched with Canada, Japan and China.

Pool D sees New Zealand, winners of the George Sevens in South Africa, drawn with Kenya, the 9th seed in this years Hong Kong Sevens. Russia and Italy complete the pool.

Pool E features fifth tournament seed England, who always enjoy strong support in Hong Kong. The English under new coach Ben Ryan will take on Argentina who currently lies in the 10th on the IRB Sevens World Series standings. Korea and Hong Kong complete Pool E.

Traditionally one of the toughest pools due to the seeding structure of the Hong Kong Sevens, Pool F features sixth seeded France in a head-to-head clash with the tournaments seventh seed, five-time Hong Kong Sevens champions Australia. Tunisia and USA were also drawn into the final group in the third and fourth tiers respectively.

Entering his first Hong Kong Sevens as the new Chairman of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union, Trevor Gregory, commented on the results of the draw, saying: From a rugby perspective, this years Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens is shaping up to be one of the most evenly contested yet. With Fiji and New Zealand tied at the top of the table and with only 12 points separating the top four teams, this years series hangs in the balance. With extra series points on offer, the Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens 2007 will go a long way in deciding the overall IRB Sevens World Series champions.

The Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens 2007 will be played from March 30 to April 1, 2007 at the 40,000-seat Hong Kong Stadium.

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