Hong Kong will host its biggest ever
Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens in the 38-year history of the
tournament, this coming weekend.
This year’s Sevens
will comprise the HSBC Sevens World Series (HSBC SWS) competition
with the 15 international core teams on the Series plus Asian
Sevens champions Hong Kong, alongside a 12-team pre-qualifier
competition to determine the eventual entrants for the final HSBC
SWS qualification event at the London Sevens in May.
The move to 28 teams is the first increase in the Hong Kong
Sevens field since the 24-team standard was adopted in 1984. The
Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2013 will also mark the
largest ever tournament held to date as part of the HSBC Sevens
World Series since its inception in 1999.
it is entirely fitting that the international television coverage
is set to break an HSBC SWS record with 23 individual broadcasters
taking the live coverage worldwide and live/delayed coverage
reaching its widest footprint ever with an expected reach of 257
million homes in 144 countries.
Of the 28
participating teams at this year’s Hong Kong Sevens Brazil and
Jamaica are making their Hong Kong Sevens debut, becoming the 52nd
and 53rd nations respectively to take part in the tournament since
In a testament to the growing parity in
international sevens rugby, five different teams have won the five
HSBC SWS events played to date. Defending Hong Kong Sevens
champions Fiji won the Series’ opener in Australia, while Samoa claimed the cup in Dubai, followed by New Zealand in South Africa
(Port Elizabeth). England won the Wellington Sevens, while South
Africa, who have been in two finals in Hong Kong but have yet to
win the Cup, are the winners of the most recent HSBC SWS event in
The results leave New Zealand as current
HSBC SWS leaders on 96 points, followed by South Africa (73),
Samoa (71), Fiji (66), France (59), Kenya (57), Argentina (53),
Wales (44), England (42) and Canada (39).
HSBC SWS core teams are Argentina, Australia, Canada, England,
Fiji, France, Kenya, New Zealand, Portugal, Samoa, Scotland, South
Africa, Spain, USA and Wales.
The continued parity
on the series makes a win in Hong Kong even more important for the
teams and a pivotal factor in deciding the overall HSBC SWS
The Cup winner in Hong Kong will
receive 22 points towards their series standings while the
runners-up will receive 19. Third and fourth place finishers
receive 17 and 15 points respectively.
US$100,000 prize for the Cup champions in Hong Kong will only add
to the intensity of the competition this weekend at the Hong Kong
Stadium. Hong Kong offers the largest prize purse in international
sevens (US$150,000) with the runners-up receiving US$25,000 and
each Cup semi finalist taking home US$12,500.
separate 12-team HSBC Sevens World Series pre-qualification
tournament will also be held this weekend. The 12 pre-qualifier
teams (two from each of the six International Rugby Board regions)
are Brazil, Chinese Taipei, Cook Islands, Georgia, Jamaica, Japan,
Mexico, Russia, Tonga, Tunisia, Uruguay and Zimbabwe.
From the end of the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series,
promotion and relegation from core team status comes into effect, the five teams advancing from the pre-qualifying competition in
Hong Kong will contest a final core team qualifier in London.
The London Sevens will feature 20 teams and two
competitions. In the first, the top 12-ranked sides in the HSBC
Sevens World Series after round 8, the Glasgow Sevens, will
compete for the London title and final World Series points. In the second, the 13th, 14th and 15th-ranked core teams after the
Glasgow event will compete against the four qualifiers from Hong
Kong and Asian champions Hong Kong for the three available core
team places on the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series.
70 men’s matches will be played as part of this year’s tournament.
Matches start at 16.00 on Friday and 9.00am on Saturday and
For a tenth consecutive year, the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong
Kong Sevens has attracted sold out attendance. Over 120,000
cumulative spectators are expected across the three-day
Pictures and Other
Coverage of Hong Kong Sevens 2013
As there are so many
Pictures of the Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2013 we
have cut them up into different pages:
See past stories about
the Hong Kong Sevens 2013:
Pictures from Hong Kong Sevens 2013,
Results from Hong Kong Sevens 2013,
Sevens Legend Waisale Serevi Inducted into IRB
Hall of Fame,
Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2013 Ready for Kick Off!,
What Impact Does Hong Kong Sevens Have on Long-Haul Travel?,
South Stand Fashion - What to Wear at the Hong Kong Sevens,
HKRFU Launches Rugby App; Chance to Win Tickets
to HK Sevens,
Hong Kong RFU to Launch a School of Rugby in Hong Kong,
HKRFU Partners Serevi Rugby to Provide Special Training Camps,
HKRFU Names Men's and Women's Sevens Squads,
US Eagles Land in HK for Sevens; Jamaica Ready
Air Pacific Partners Ben Kende Foundation to Provide Medical
Supplies to FORU,
Rugby Sevens Teams from South Africa and France Arrive in Hong
Official Draw for the 2013 Hong Kong Sevens,
Beach Boys to Perform at Hong Kong Sevens,
Hong Kong Sevens Officially Sold Out!,
2013 Hong Kong Sevens Public Ticket Sale to be via Public
Fans in Australia Can Purchase Tickets for 2013 Hong Kong Sevens,
Biggest Hong Kong Sevens Ever! and
Dates for the Cathay Pacific HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2013.
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