Emirates Airline, a Principal Partner of the Rugby
World Cup Sevens 2009, is offering rugby fans from around the world the
opportunity to witness all the Sevens action live in Dubai from as
little as US$121.
Taking place from 5th – 7th March 2009, the
Rugby World Cup Sevens will, for the first time ever have a
16-team women's event running alongside the traditional 24-team
Emirates’ new2 sporting venue
‘The Sevens’ will play host to the tournament, which saw a
sell-out crowd of 50,000 fans each day when the venue hosted the
annual Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens. This time the sporting
action on the pitch is likely to be even more exhilarating and the
carnival atmosphere off the pitch even greater.
Emirates’ Rugby World Cup Sevens packages, starting from US$121
per person sharing, per night, for a minimum three night stay at a
range of hotels, include breakfast, meet and assist on arrival at
Dubai International Airport, a three-day Season Ticket to the
tournament and transfers between the hotel and Dubai International
Airport. Special Rugby World Cup Sevens fares with Emirates
Airline, starting from US$150, are combinable with the hotel
Gary Chapman, President Group Services and Dnata,
Emirates Group, said, "One of the main objectives of our
sponsorship philosophy is that we help in the further development
of the sports that we are involved with; ensuring that rugby
sevens is accessible to its global fan base is one of the ways we
are able to benefit the sport.
"I am sure that sports fans
from around the world will take up this opportunity to be in
Dubai, for what promises to be a fascinating tournament."
In the men's draw, defending champions Fiji will face
France, USA and Georgia in Pool B as they attempt to become the
first side to successfully defend the Melrose Cup following their
success in Hong Kong four years ago.
New Zealand, winners
in 2001, are joined in Pool A by Tonga, hosts Arabian Gulf and
Italy, while IRB Sevens World Series leaders South Africa find
Scotland, Canada and Japan awaiting them in Pool C in Dubai.
Fourth seeds Samoa will face Australia, Portugal and Ireland
in Pool D, while 1993 champions England tackle Kenya, Tunisia and
Hong Kong in Pool E. The remaining pool brings together Argentina,
Wales, Zimbabwe and Uruguay.
The six pool winners and best
two runners up will progress to the Melrose Cup quarter finals,
the four other runners up and four best sides that finish third in
their pool will contest the Plate and the remaining sides the
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