Rugby fans are gearing up for a weekend packed
with pulsating action as the Emirates Airline London Sevens kicks
off at Twickenham.
With record crowds of 40,000 expected over the
English bank holiday weekend, the England team will be looking to
make the most of their home advantage in the penultimate leg of
the IRB World Sevens Series.
The international tournament on May 23-24 will
feature 16 teams who have flown in from all over the world to play
44 matches over two days.
With the IRB Sevens World Series nearing its
climax, England lie in second place but will have a mountain to
climb to overhaul the 28-point gap between themselves and series
leaders South Africa.
Ben Ryan, head coach of the
England team, said, “Although we are some way behind the South
Africans, I feel that with home advantage, and the team being in
great form, we have a really good chance of reaching the final and
competing for honours.
“We thrive on the Emirates Airline
London Sevens atmosphere and the roar of the Twickenham crowd will
surely give us our best chance to push our rivals all the way.”
Emirates’ sponsorship of the London Sevens is an
example of the airline’s support of rugby on the international
stage. Emirates is also a Tournament Sponsor of Rugby World Cup 2011
and was the Principal Partner of the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009
held in Dubai in March.
As well as the
London Sevens, the airline also sponsors
three other tournaments in the annual IRB Sevens World Series -
Dubai, South Africa and Edinburgh, the venue for next weekend's
In addition, Emirates is the shirt sponsor
of the England and Samoa sevens teams, IRB referees and match
officials, and Emirates Western Force in Australia.
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