The Hong Kong Rugby Union (HKRU) has confirmed
which teams will be participating in the 2016 Cathay Pacific /
HSBC Hong Kong Sevens from 8 to 10 April.
Hong Kong retains its
status as the largest tournament on the HSBC Sevens World Series
(HSBC SWS) with 16 international teams contesting the core
competition and 12 teams contesting the qualifier competition for
a chance at promotion to the HSBC Sevens World Series next season.
With 28 teams participating, the Hong Kong event
is nearly twice the size of other HSBC Sevens World Series
tournaments (16) in the current season.
The 15 core teams
participating in all ten tournaments on the international series
will once again be delighting the expected 120,000 cumulative fans
attending the Hong Kong Sevens in 2016. Those teams are:
Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Kenya, New
Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, United
States of America and Wales.
The sixteenth team invited by
World Rugby to round out the HSBC SWS core competition in Hong
Kong will be South Korea.
Fiji are the defending Cathay
Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens champions after their 33-19 win
over New Zealand in 2015. It was the 15th tournament victory for
Fiji in Hong Kong, including both Rugby World Cup Sevens played
here in 1997 and 2005. Fijiís 15 wins are the most in Hong Kong
history, ahead of New Zealand with 11.
HSBC SWS Action
at Halfway Point
Approaching the halfway point of this
yearís HSBC Sevens World Series and with Rugby Sevensí debut at
the Rio Olympics looming ever larger on the horizon, the action to
date has been compelling.
Fiji, South Africa and New
Zealand are all level at the top of the standings on 69 points
ahead of the fifth round in Las Vegas (4-6 March). Fiji opened the
series in style winning the Dubai Sevens, beating Australia, New
Zealand and England on Day Two en route to the final.
next tournament in Cape Town saw the hosts South Africa win their
home event for a third straight season, beating Argentina in their
first appearance in a cup final since 2009.
the third leg in Wellington, hosts New Zealand were in an
uncharacteristic seventh place in the standings, but turned up the
heat to win their home tourney for the fifth time in six years,
paced by sevens sensations the Iaone brothers, Akira and Rieko,
who scored three of their four tries in the final to edge South
Africa 24-21. New Zealand then backed up their re-emergence in
Wellington with a last-gasp win in the inaugural Sydney Sevens,
beating hosts Australia 27-24 in the final.
tournament in Las Vegas could see debuts for more luminaries from
the fifteen-aside game as Australiaís Quade Cooper and Nick
Cummins and New Zealandís Liam Messam are all set to cross over
from their Rugby World Cup 2015 appearances, joining All Black
Sonny Bill Williams, Springboks Francois Hougaard and Juan de
Jongh and Australiaís Henry Speight in the quest for spots in Rio.
All eleven of the qualified teams for the Rio Games will be
present in Hong Kong. The 12th menís team to compete in Rio will
be determined in the final Olympic qualifier tournament in June.
Hong Kong to Host Battle for
Promotion to HSBC SWS
the fifth year, Hong Kong, the rugby capital of Asia, has been selected by World Rugby to host
the international qualification tournament for the HSBC Sevens
The qualifier will feature 12 teams, two from each
of World Rugbyís six regions. The winner will be promoted to the
HSBC SWS in the 2016/17 season, replacing the bottom-placed core
team on the Series after the completion of the final event at
Twickenham in May. Russia was promoted from last yearís qualifier,
replacing Japan who return to the qualifier in 2016.
twelve confirmed teams for the qualifier are Morocco and Zimbabwe
(Africa), Hong Kong and Japan (Asia), Germany and Spain (Europe),
Cayman Islands and Mexico (North America), Brazil and Chile (South
America) and Papua New Guinea and Tonga (Oceania).
will mark the first appearance for the Cayman Islands at the
world-renowned Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens. They are
the 58th nation to have participated since the tournamentís
inception in 1976.
Germany returns to Hong Kong for the
first time since 1992, and could get an emotional lift from the
recent announcement of
David Hasselhoffís appearance at this
yearís tournament. Hasselhoff is highly regarded in Germany where
his 1989 New Year concert on at the Berlin Wall was attended by
hundreds of thousands of Germans.
The official draw for
all 28 participating teams will be held in Hong Kong on 14 March
When factoring in the 10 international womenís teams
taking part in the Hong Kong Womenís Sevens and the dozens of club
and representative teams contesting the many social and youth
tournaments staged in the city during HKSevens Rugby Week, the
Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens will once again be Where
the World Comes to Play in 2016.
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