Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Organisers of the HSBC Singapore 7s in 2016 couldn’t have hoped for a more memorable tournament when the Kenya Sevens team surprised the Sevens world by winning their first-ever World Series title in the city-state.
Rugby fans can expect festivities around the 2018 HSBC Singapore Rugby 7s to stretch over two weekends next year. This was the exciting news shared by Rugby Singapore at the kick-off press conference for the 2017 edition of the tournament held on Tuesday.
“We want to make it bigger, better and more enjoyable and aim to create an iconic event that’s second to none,” explained Low Teo Ping, Chairman of Rugby Singapore and President of Singapore Rugby Union. “
“Next year, the Singapore 7s will not be held the weekend after Hong Kong 7s due to the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, so there will be a great opportunity to extend the festivities and activities over two weekends. Expect a festival of rugby as never seen before.”
The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series made a triumphant return to Singapore last year and this year’s edition will see a colorful array of festivities before the main tournament this weekend.
Activities during the Singapore Sevens week include:
Thursday: The Midnight 7s for local and overseas participating teams at the Yio Chu Kang Stadium
Friday: The region’s top national teams will participate in the Southeast Asian 7s at the Yio Chu Kang, with the finals to be played on Saturday at the National Stadium.
Saturday morning: The kids touch rugby tournament at the Marina Bay Floating Platform.
Saturday – Sunday: The HSBC Singapore 7s at the National Stadium (kick-off at 11 am)
“This is our commitment to World Rugby to not just host a World Series event, but to grow the sport,” added Low.
“Our theme this year ‘Show Your Colours’ reflects a tribal approach to promoting the event. Fans of New Zealand coming in black will have a dedicated section in black, Australia will have yellow, England will be white and so on.”
In addition to colorful fan festivities, local youth and rugby-playing children will be attending coaching clinics with top teams and legends across the island over the next few days.
Sixteen schools will also adopt a participating country and deepen their knowledge of visiting countries and embrace different rugby cultures. Children from these schools will also get to attend open training sessions during 7s weekend and to attend the tournament.