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Fri, 17 March 2017

Official Draw for Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2017

Earlier this week, the Hong Kong Rugby Union (HKRU) held the official draw for the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2017 and the World Rugby Womens Sevens Series Qualifier.

Three separate draws were held including that for the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2017 - Round Seven of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, featuring the 15 Series teams plus South Korea, World Rugbys nominated 16th team.

The draw for the 12-team World Rugby Sevens Series Qualifier, played concurrently with the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament, was also held, as well as that for the 12-team World Rugby Womens Sevens Series Qualifier.

Entering the backstretch of this years Series, the action to date has been compelling. South Africa, winners of four of the six Series events to date, are atop the standings on 126 points, ahead of England (103), winners of the most recent event in Vancouver, and Fiji (100).

With the addition of the Qualifier, the Hong Kong Sevens remains the largest mens tournament on the series, with 28 teams playing across three days. Including the World Rugby Womens Sevens Series Qualifier, there will be a total of 40 international teams participating in Hong Kong during Sevens Week.

Paul John (far left) and Anna Richards (far right) with members of the HKG Mens and Womens 7s Squads

The 2017 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens tournament will feature 70 mens matches and for the first time ever, the semi-finals of the Womens Sevens Series Qualifier will be played in the Hong Kong Stadium, alongside the Cup Final, which has been played in the stadium since 1998, for a total of 73 matches across the weekend.

The debut of Uganda in the mens Qualifier brings the number of nations that have competed in Hong Kong to 60 since 1976, while the participation of Belgium, Colombia, Italy and Jamaica in the Womens Qualifier this year means that 41 countries will have been represented in the 20-year history of the womens sevens tournament here.

This extensive and historic field re-confirms the HKRU tagline: Hong Kong Sevens, Where the World Comes to Play.

Draw Results

In the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2017, Vancouver champions England will top Pool A, alongside Australia, Samoa and South Korea (invited by World Rugby as the 16th team in Hong Kong).

South Africa, runners-up in Canada, are the top seeds in Pool B, joined by Canada, Kenya and France.

Fiji, bronze medallists in Vancouver, head up Pool C with New Zealand, Wales and Japan.

USA, fourth-placed finishers in Vancouver, are in Pool D with Argentina, Scotland and Russia.

The winner of the 12-team World Rugby Sevens Series Qualifier, featuring two teams from each of World Rugbys six regions, will earn promotion to next years Series, replacing the bottom-ranked team after the completion of the 2016-17 season. Japan was promoted from last years tournament after beating the hosts Hong Kong in the final, 24-14.

The Qualifier teams are Namibia and Uganda (Africa), Guyana and Jamaica (Americas North), Chile and Uruguay (Americas South), Hong Kong and Sri Lanka (Asia), Germany and Spain (Europe), and Papua New Guinea and Tonga (Oceania). The teams from Europe and Oceania remain unchanged from last years competition.

For the 12-team mens Qualifier draw, the teams were banded into four groups of three teams each by World Rugby, based on their performances on the Series and at other international sevens events over the preceding two years. The banded teams were then drawn to complete Pools E, F and G of the tournament. The Series teams and those in the Qualifier will not play against each other.

Pool E features Germany, Tonga, Uganda and Jamaica. Pool F comprises Hong Kong, Chile, Sri Lanka and Namibia, while lining up in Pool G are Spain, Papua New Guinea, Uruguay and Guyana.

Following the draw, new Hong Kong coach and former Wales Sevens coach and player Paul John said, Its obviously a great honour to be coaching Hong Kong. Im really excited and looking forward to getting involved. The countries in the Qualifier are getting stronger and stronger. Looking at our pool alone, Chile have had a good couple of tournaments on the Series so that will be a tough match but I think its important to have a few of those in the pool stages. It will be a real challenge and its always exciting to have the opportunity to play against quality opposition.

Womens Draw

Twelve teams will contest the World Rugby Womens Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong. The tournament marks the 20th consecutive year the international womens sevens tournament has been held in Hong Kong.

The 12 participating teams were banded into three groups of four and drawn to complete the three pools (A, B and C).

Japan top Pool A alongside Asian rivals China, Netherlands and Jamaica.

Argentina lead Pool B with Kenya, Hong Kong and Belgium while South Africa are joined in Pool C by Colombia, Papua New Guinea and Italy.

Hong Kong womens sevens coach and former New Zealand Black Fern Anna Richards believes Hong Kong have a challenge in their group.

Its an amazing opportunity to contest the qualifier at home. The girls are all very excited. They love playing in front of their home crowd and its thrilling to have the possibility of going through to the Series. Im pretty happy with our pool. For a moment I thought we might get stuck in all-Asian pool with Japan and China but fortunately we were drawn in Pool B. We came up short last time against Argentina and we played Kenya here a few years ago so it will be good to have another crack at both of those teams, said Richards.

Mr Kevin Martin of HSBC said, HSBC is proud to be a co-title sponsor of the Hong Kong Sevens and the worldwide sponsor of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. Over the years, we have witnessed the series grow from strength to strength, and it is only getting bigger and better. The Hong Kong Sevens is not only a showpiece event for the series, but for the city. HSBC is committed to both Hong Kong and the sport of rugby, and it is heartening to see the growth of the game at both the grassroots and elite levels. We are delighted to welcome the best players and fans from all around the world, including the Hong Kong Rugby Team, who we proudly support.

Mr Martin Murray of Cathay Pacific said, As Hong Kongs home carrier, Cathay Pacific Airways has been a strong supporter of the Sevens since the inaugural event in 1976. We are both proud and delighted to have played our part in turning the Sevens into the iconic event it is today. Our marketing theme for this years Hong Kong Sevens is Connecting the World to Sevens Fun, and we will be building up the buzz beginning with our latest TV commercial featuring our wonderful cabin crew as they spread rugby fun everywhere they go.

Rugby pictures: Pictures from 2019 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, Pictures from 2018 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, Pictures from 2017 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, Pictures from 2016 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, Pictures of Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015, Pictures of the Asia Rugby Sevens Olympic Games Qualifier in Hong Kong, 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, Pictures of Chartis Cup 2012 and Pictures of Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2012.

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