Where to get Rugby Sevens Tickets

Events — By Shirley Yau on March 19, 2011 at 4:29 am

Whats the Sevens all about?
Organised by the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union, the 2011 Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens is expected to attract upwards of 120,000 spectators through the gates from Friday, March 25, to Sunday, March 27, at the iconic Hong Kong Stadium.

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Support the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens - cheer on for Team Hong Kong.

Match Schedule:
Match Time Friday 25 March

16:30 Australia Zimbabwe
16:52 South Africa Spain
17:14 Fiji Malaysia
17:36 Samoa Mexico
17:58 England China
18:20 New Zealand Korea
18:42 Argentina Canada
19:04 Wales Hong Kong
19:26 Women’s Final
19:54 Kenya Russia
20:16 Scotland Tonga
20:38 USA Japan
21:00 France Portugal

Match Time Saturday 26 March

10:30 Argentina Zimbabwe
10:52 Wales Spain
11:14 Kenya Malaysia
11:36 Scotland Mexico
11:58 USA China
12:20 France Korea
12:42 Australia Canada
13:04 South Africa Hong Kong
13:26 Fiji Russia
13:48 Samoa Tonga
14:10 England Japan
14:32 New Zealand Portugal
14:54 Canada Zimbabwe
15:16 Hong Kong Spain
15:38 Russia Malaysia
16:00 Tonga Mexico
16:22 Japan China
16:44 Portugal Korea
17:06 Australia Argentina
17:28 South Africa Wales
17:50 Fiji Kenya
18:12 Samoa Scotland
18:34 England USA
18:56 New Zealand France

Match Time Sunday 27 March

09:00 Shield -Quarter Final
09:22 Shield -Quarter Final
09:44 Shield -Quarter Final
10:06 Shield -Quarter Final
10:28 Bowl – Quarter Final
10:50 Bowl – Quarter Final
11:12 Bowl – Quarter Final
11:34 Bowl – Quarter Final
11:56 Cup – Quarter Final
12:18 Cup – Quarter Final
12:40 Cup – Quarter Final
13:02 Cup – Quarter Final
13:26 March Past
14:03 Shield – Semi Final
14:25 Shield – Semi Final
14:47 Bowl – Semi Final
15:09 Bowl – Semi Final
15:31 Plate – Semi Final
15:53 Plate – Semi Final
16:15 Cup – Semi Final
16:37 Cup – Semi Final
16:59 Entertainment
17:17 Shield Final
17:47 Bowl Final
18:17 Plate Final
18:47 Cup Final
19:13 Cup Presentation
Closing Celebration

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Where to get Hong Kong Rugby 7’s 2011 Tickets?

Hong Kong is the standout tournament of the World Series and its the only World Series event to host 24 teams, (with correspondingly more series points on offer over the weekend). The atmosphere is unbelievable and the whole expat population puts its weight behind the tournament. On January 22, 2011 the final 5,000 Rugby Sevens tickets completely sold out to members of the Hong Kong public in just over one hour – each person was only allowed to buy 2 tickets each.

Locals sell their tickets through forums so it might be best to try looking through the British Gumtree Hong Kong for Sevens Tickets, but this year tickets are going like hot cakes so best that you call at least 5 different sellers to give yourself a backup plan. Hong Kong 7s Tickets in Craigslist is another great place to get Rugby Sevens tickets.

As a last resort you can always turn to the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens: Ticketing Information Facebook group or the Hong Kong Rugby 7’s 2011 Facebook fanspage. Plenty of people leave their info in the walls and the reply is supposedly instantaneous. Remember that people are doing you a favour so don’t be too fussy with seating.

Accordingly, last year’s Hong Kong Sevens was one of the most fiercely contested in recent memory as all four of the previous Hong Kong champions (England, New Zealand, Fiji and Samoa) reached the Cup semi-finals, where Samoa eventually ran out champions by a 3-point margin in the Cup final. The win helped propel Samoa to its first ever World Sevens Series title.

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Players of Fiji celebrate with the trophy after winning the final Cup against South Africa during the Day three of the IRB Hong Kong Sevens on March 29, 2009 in Hong Kong.

This year the iconic Hong Kong Sevens march past will feature some south of the border flair as the Hong Kong Sevens welcomes Mexico to the fiesta. Mexico is the first new competing team for the Hong Kong Sevens since Madagascar appeared in 2006. This year’s Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens also sees the return of Spain for the first time since 1998, while Malaysia returns for the first time since 2003.

If the first two events on the 2010/11 IRB Sevens World Series are any indication, fans in Hong Kong are in for another thriller. Pimms all day! England and New Zealand were the early cup champions in Dubai and South Africa respectively. Four-time Hong Kong champions England currently occupy the top spot on the World Sevens Series table on 44 points, followed by New Zealand on 40. Defending Hong Kong champions Samoa are in third with 36 points, followed by Fiji and South Africa rounding out the top 5.

Here’s what we know so far:

Hong-Kong-Sevens-2011-gamesNew Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens has yet to name a side, but will likely do so within a day of this piece. If injured captain DJ Forbes is fit, they’ll be around long into the final day at So Kon Po Stadium.

England hasn’t looked as dangerous since Ollie Lindsay-Hague was injured during the first leg of the tour, but now he’s back. His presence as a playmaker could keep England in the chase for the title. Coach Ben Ryan has decided to keep Mark Odejobi in the fold for the injured Isoa Damudamu. He is a fireplug, no doubt, but did not offer much in Vegas. It will be interesting to see if he can add a spark in Hong Kong.

Fiji is ready, and leaders New Zealand and England must cast a wary eye over their shoulders. As an added boost, several former national team players have returned to the Fiji squad. If the last tournament was any indication, this team is going to be hard to topple. Coach Iliesa Tanivula selected his team based on experience, aggressiveness, and speed. Don’t bet against them.

South Africa’s Paul Treu named his lineup early this week, but has had a squad of nearly 20 in camp for a month. The Springboks are confident that they can win in Hong Kong. They’ll have to in order to keep their slim title hopes alive. The question is, can tiny Cecil Afrika continue to carry the team on his shoulders?

Samoa’s Stephan Beetham has not officially named a side, but it won’t have changed much in the last month. If halfbacks Lolo Lui and Uale Mai are in the lineup, Samoa will do well. When they won the title last year, they had incredible chemistry — devastating power mixed with deadly speed. The power is there, but they have a need for speed.

USA coach Al Caravelli has yet to name his traveling team, but will do so by the end of the week. The squad has been in camp since last weekend, and with a high number of injuries, there will be competition from new faces for the 12 spots. Expect USA 15s captain Todd Clever to join Matt Hawkins and Zach Test in a formidable front row.

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