Two teams will make their debut at the Cathay
Pacific / HSBC
Hong Kong Sevens in 2012, Guyana and the
The two nations become the 50th and 51st
countries to compete at the Hong Kong Sevens in the 37 years since
its inception, (including the two IRB Rugby World Cup Sevens
events hosted in Hong Kong in 1997 and 2005).
Invited by the International Rugby Board (IRB)
to compete in Hong Kong, Guyana were the winners of the North
American Caribbean Rugby Association (NACRA) Sevens championships
The Philippines becomes the 13th Asian team to
take part in Hong Kong, qualifying as the fourth place finisher in
the inaugural HSBC Asian Sevens Series in 2011. The Hong Kong leg
marks the Philippines Rugby Football Unionís first ever
participation in an HSBC Sevens World Series event.
The 12 core teams on the HSBC Sevens World
Series will again feature at the Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong
Sevens: Argentina, Australia, England, Fiji, France, Kenya, New
Zealand, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, USA and Wales.
This yearís HSBC Sevens World Series is proving to be among the
most competitive ever with three teams winning the three tournaments played to date. Defending Hong Kong champions New
Zealand won the South Africa Sevens and are currently tied with Fiji, winners in Australia, at the top of the HSBC Sevens World
Series table on 51 points. South Africa are in third place on 48
points, followed by Dubai Sevens champions England in fourth on 47
points. France lies in fifth place on 39 points.
Reinforcing Hong Kongís unique position as the largest and
one of the most popular HSBC Sevens World Series events, the remaining 12 competing teams hail from all over the world. Portugal, Russia and
Spain bolster the tournamentís European contingent while Zimbabwe
adds to the African presence and Tonga rounds out the tournamentís
traditionally strong Pacific Islands representation. Canada and
Uruguay will also return from the Americas.
home, the Hong Kong Sevens continues its role as the showcase
event for Asian rugby with the regionís top four sevens teams
completing the field in 2012. These teams are Japan, champions of
the 2011 HSBC Asian Sevens Series, runners-up Hong Kong,
third-ranked China and the Philippines. With 24 teams, Hong Kong
remains the largest event on the international series (other events host 16 teams).
On 14 January 2012 the final 4,000
event tickets were sold to members of the Hong Kong public marking
another sell-out for the Hong Kong Sevens.
The Official Tournament
Draw will be held in Hong Kong on 16 February 2012 after the
completion of the USA Sevens in Las Vegas (10-12 February).
The Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2012 expects to
welcome a total of 120,000 spectators over the three day-event
which will take place 23-25 March.
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