Fixtures and Results from the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens 2011] There are just hours to go until the 2011 Cathay
Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens, regarded by many as the
greatest Rugby Sevens party on earth, kicks-off!
Three teams have
won a Series event to date as we enter the halfway mark in Hong
Kong. England opened its account in Dubai, while New Zealand won
in George, South Africa and Wellington, New Zealand. South Africa
has the most recent victory, winning the Las Vegas Sevens.
The results see nine-time
Hong Kong Sevens
champions New Zealand and four-time champions England level on
points at the top of the series with 80. Fiji, (who hold the
record with 12 wins in Hong Kong including both Rugby World Cup
Sevens), and defending Hong Kong Sevens champions Samoa are
tied-third with 64 points, followed by South Africa on 56.
Australia lies in sixth position with 36.
South Africa’s Cecil Afrika currently tops both
the leading points and try-scorers lists for the Series to date
with 181 points and 22 tries. Fiji’s Seremaia Boruto and New
Zealand’s Declan O’Donnel are each on 20 tries.
Last year’s Hong Kong Sevens was one of the most
fiercely contested in recent memory as all four of the previous
Hong Kong champions (England, New Zealand, Fiji and Samoa) reached
the Cup semi-finals, where Samoa eventually ran out champions by a
3-point margin in the Cup final. The win helped propel Samoa to
its first ever World Sevens Series title.
The parity on the series makes a win in Hong
Kong even more important to the teams. As the only 24-team event
on the IRB World Sevens Series Hong Kong offers 30 series points
to the cup champions as compared to the 24 awarded at 16 team
events. The US$100,000 prize purse for the Cup champions will only
add to the intensity of the matches this weekend at the Hong Kong
Invited by the International Rugby Board to
compete in Hong Kong,
Mexico will become the 49th country to
compete at the Hong Kong Sevens in the 35 years since the
inception of the event. The Hong Kong leg will be Mexico Sevens’
only participation on the IRB World Sevens Series 2010/2011.
“With teams from every populated continent the
Hong Kong Sevens continues to raise the level and profile of our
game across the globe, and in doing so making the Hong Kong
tournament a particularly special international event,” said HKRFU
Chairman Trevor Gregory.
Over 120,000 spectators are expected across the
three-day tournament to be held from
Friday, 25 March to Sunday, 27 March 2011, at the Hong Kong Stadium.
Matches start at 16.30 on Friday, 10.30 on
Saturday and 9.00am on Sunday.
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coverage from the 2011 event.
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