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Malaysia to Make Women’s Sevens Debut in Hong Kong

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The 12 participating teams for the Cable & Wireless Worldwide Hong Kong Women’s Rugby Sevens 2010 (HKWRS) were confirmed by the tournament organizers on Tuesday. The event will be held on Friday, 26 March 2010 at the Hong Kong Football Club with the Cup final being played at 19:04 in the Hong Kong Stadium as part of the Cathay Pacific / Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens 2010.

With an entertaining line-up that pits the best in Asia against the rest of the world, the Hong Kong Women’s Rugby Sevens, (which predates both Women’s Rugby World Cups at 15s and 7s), continues to offer an excellent platform to showcase the skill and athleticism of women’s rugby worldwide.

The 12 participating teams include eight national representative sides from Asia, led by the reigning IRB Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009 Bowl Champions China, who recently beat the United States Eagles in a major upset at the Las Vegas Sevens, and Kazakhstan, Asia’s sole direct entry to the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup (15s) this year in London. Other Asian teams include the Arabian Gulf, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and hosts Hong Kong.

The national team of Papua New Guinea rounds out the full representative squads at this year’s tournament. Three of the world’s premier women’s club sides are also taking part including five-time Cup champions Aotearoa Maori from New Zealand. The Aussie Amazons from Australia and Pretoria University’s Tuks from South Africa complete the competitive field.

The Tournament Draw will be held on 8 March 2010 at King’s Park. The Hong Kong squad will be announced later in March. The Cable & Wireless Hong Kong Women’s Rugby Sevens will be played from 07:30 – 18:00 on Friday, 26 March 2010 at the Hong Kong Football Club. The Cup final will be held at 19:04 during the Cathay Pacific / Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens at the Hong Kong Stadium.

Now entering its thirteenth year, the Hong Kong Women’s Rugby Sevens has grown into one of the top annual fixtures in the women’s rugby world. The tournament is fully supported by the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union, the Asian Rugby Football Union and the International Rugby Board.

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