Ireland will return to the Cathay Pacific / HSBC
Hong Kong Sevens in April, appearing for the first time since
2000, when they won the Bowl.
The Irish are among the 12 teams contesting the
international qualifier tournament for the World Rugby HSBC Sevens
World Series in Hong Kong.
In the headline event, the 15 teams of
this year’s World Rugby HSBC Sevens Series are joined by South
Korea, at the invitation of World Rugby, for a total of 28 men’s
teams participating in 2018 – once again confirming Hong Kong’s
status as the largest tournament on the World Rugby HSBC Sevens
Ireland qualified for Hong Kong based on a
strong showing in the 2017 European Grand Prix of Sevens, claiming
second overall behind Russia after winning two of the four
tournaments and finishing in third place in the other two Series
The 15 teams that feature in all ten tournaments
on the international series will once again be the stars of the
show in Hong Kong, delighting the expected cumulative 120,000 fans
attending this year’s tournament.
Those teams are: series leaders South Africa,
Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Kenya, New
Zealand, Russia, Samoa, Scotland, Spain, United States and Wales.
South Korea are the 16th team after finishing in third on last
year’s Asia Rugby Sevens Series, behind Japan and Hong Kong who
advanced to the international qualifier in Hong Kong.
Fiji are the defending Hong Kong Sevens Cup
champions after their 22-0 win over South Africa last April.
Following previous Cup wins in 2016 and 2015, Fiji will be bidding
for a first-ever four-peat in the 43 years of sevens rugby in Hong
2017 marked a record 17th Hong Kong Cup for
Fiji, and their fifth in six years at their spiritual home away
from home; New Zealand are second in the cup-winning stakes in
Hong Kong with 11.
Fiji are presently in third place on the HSBC
SWS table with 62 points following their win in the most recent
leg in Hamilton, New Zealand.
A model of consistency, South Africa top the
Series table on 77 points, after winning the opening tournament in
Dubai and reaching the final in both Australia and New Zealand.
While they have appeared in the final on five occasions in Hong
Kong, South Africa are the only Sevens superpower yet to lift the
Cup in the Hong Kong Stadium.
Chasing South Africa in the Series stakes are
New Zealand on 69 points, Fiji, and then in fourth place on 60
points Australia, buoyed by a win at their home event in Sydney in
Hong Kong Host Battle for
Promotion to HSBC SWS
For a sixth year, Hong Kong has been selected by
World Rugby to host the international qualification tournament for
the HSBC Sevens World Series. In contention are 12 teams,
representing World Rugby’s six regions.
The participating teams in 2018 are Uganda and
Zimbabwe (Africa), Jamaica (Americas North), Chile and Uruguay
(Americas South), Hong Kong and Japan (Asia), Germany, Georgia and
Ireland (Europe), and Papua New Guinea and Cook Islands (Oceania).
The teams will vie for the single promotion spot
on offer in the World Rugby HSBC Sevens Series qualifier
tournament played as part of the Hong Kong Sevens. The winner will
be promoted to next year’s Series, replacing the bottom-placed
team after the final tournament in Paris in June. Last year,
Russia was promoted after winning the qualifier in Hong Kong,
replacing relegated Japan.
The official draw for the 2018 Cathay
Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens will be held in Hong Kong on 12
March 2018. An international live stream of the draw will be
available (more info on this to come).
The Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens will
take place at Hong Kong Stadium 6-8 April 2018.
Hong Kong – where the
world comes to play!
Pictures from 2017 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
Pictures from 2016 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
Pictures of Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015,
Pictures of the Asia Rugby Sevens Olympic Games Qualifier in Hong
Pictures of Singha Thailand Sevens 2015,
Pictures from the 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour in Hong Kong,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2014,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2013,
of Chartis Cup 2012 and
Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2012.