So you’ve seen the articles about the HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens festooned all over the myActiveSG website and Facebook page. Your interest has been piqued, but you’re not really sure what the fuss is about. Fret not my lovelies, we’ll make a rugby fan out of you yet!
2018 champions Fiji. Photo: Sport Singapore
What is Rugby Sevens?
Rugby Sevens, unlike rugby union or rugby league is played by 7 players on each team instead of the usual 15. The games are played in a full-sized pitch with each half lasting seven minutes.
With less people on the pitch there is more space for quick, skillful players to show off their silky moves, ramping up the excitement as well as the score lines.
There is even more at stake at this year’s Sevens series, as it will form the principal qualification route for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Who is currently in the lead for HSBC World Rugby Sevens?
New Zealand has been the dominant force of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens, winning 12 out of the 18 trophies since the series’ inauguration in 1999. But their dominance in recent years has been challenged by countries such as Fiji and England, with South Africa the defending champion! This year’s series is even more exciting because both Fiji and the United States of America, are leading the overall series with 57 points each, with New Zealand coming in third at just three points behind.
Details for the Rugby Sevens match in Singapore
The teams will be playing the eighth round of the series in Singapore on 13 and 14 April. The matches will take place in the Singapore National Stadium. Getting there by public transport such as the MRT and the bus would be easier with several train stations and bus stops located within walking distance to the Sports Hub. If you’re driving, it is advisable to reach earlier to secure a parking space.
Click here for more information with regards to the venue and how to get there. There is also a family package price at SGD88 (early bird) should you want to bring your whole family to join in the fun!
Now that you know more about what the HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens is about, what are you waiting for?
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