The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU) has
confirmed the 28 participating international teams that will take
part in the
Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens between 22-24
2013 marks the first time in the 38-year history of
the Hong Kong Sevens that 28 teams have been hosted, up from the
24-team format which was first adopted in 1984.
The 2013 Hong Kong Sevens will again host two
side-by-side competitions, a 16-team HSBC Sevens World Series
(HSBC SWS) competition for the 15 core teams on the Series plus
Hong Kong, winners of the HSBC Asian Sevens Series in 2012, and a
12-team pre-qualification tournament for promotion to HSBC SWS
core team status in 2014.
Mr Trevor Gregory,
Chairman of the HKRFU, said,
“The HKRFU and the Hong Kong rugby community look forward to
hosting the biggest and best ever Hong Kong Sevens in 2013. The
decision to host the pre-qualification tournament alongside the
HSBC Sevens World Series competition continues to reinforce Hong
Kong’s unique role as the host of the world’s largest and most
international rugby sevens competition.”
teams participating in the core competition are Argentina,
Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Kenya, New Zealand,
Portugal, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, United States,
Wales and Hong Kong.
Reinforcing Hong Kong’s
unique position as the largest and most international HSBC SWS
event, the remaining 12 competing teams in the pre-qualification
tournament hail from all over the world with two teams from each
of the IRB’s geographic regions.
Tonga and the
Cook Islands will bolster the Hong Kong Seven’s traditional
Pacific Island presence, while Georgia and Russia represent
Europe’s hopes for HSBC SWS qualification. Zimbabwe and Tunisia
will add to the African contingent next March while Mexico and
Jamaica will both mark a return to the Hong Kong Sevens from the
North American region.
Closer to home, the Hong
Kong Sevens continues its role as the showcase event for Asian
rugby with the region’s second and third-ranked sevens teams,
Japan and Chinese Taipei rounding out the regional participants.
Two additional teams from South America will be
decided after regional competitions in late February to complete
the 12-team field. The top four teams from the pre-qualifier will
join Hong Kong and the three bottom-placed HSBC SWS teams in an
eight-team competition at the London Sevens in May to decide
promotion to the 2014 Series.
Three legs of the
2013 HSBC SWS have been held to date (Australia, Dubai and South
Africa), each being won by a different nation as Fiji took first honours in Australia, Samoa won in Dubai and New Zealand claimed
the title in South Africa. Upcoming tournaments prior to Hong Kong
will be held in New Zealand and the USA.
SWS standings point to the continued parity and increasing
competitiveness in world sevens. New Zealand are in first with 60
points followed by this year’s surprise package France in second
place on 46 points. Fiji are third with 44 points, followed by
South Africa on 41 points. Samoa is in fifth place with 39 points.
Kenya, Argentina, Wales, Portugal and Australia round out the top
Perennial sevens power England have had a
slow start to their season and currently lie in an
uncharacteristic 13th place. England who have won four titles in
Hong Kong will be hoping to set their ship to rights in front of
their supportive audiences at the Hong Kong Stadium.
The Tournament Draw for the participating teams will be held
in Hong Kong on Thursday, February 21, after the completion of the
USA Sevens in Las Vegas.
The Cathay Pacific / HSBC
Hong Kong Sevens 2013 expects to welcome a total of 120,000
spectators over the three day-event, reaffirming the strong local
and international demand that has made Hong Kong and the Hong Kong
Sevens one of the world’s leading rugby destinations.
To better accommodate increasing local and international
demand, the HKRFU is distributing tickets by public ballot for the 2013 tournament for the first time in tournament history. The
4,000 tickets remaining in the 40,000-seat capacity stadium
will be drawn by ballot on Thursday, 7 February 2013, ensuring another
sold-out Sevens in 2013.
Pictures and Other
Coverage from Hong Kong Sevens 2013
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