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Hong Kong Rugby Sevens 2016, Fiji wins cup against New Zealand

| April 11, 2016

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An electrifying fusion of passion and drive for the 16 international teams as they came head-to-head at the Cathay Pacific/ HSBC Rugby Sevens between 8-10 April 2016 at the Hong Kong Stadium.

Organized by the Hong Kong Rugby Union (HKRU), the stadium roared from thunderous applauds cheers, jeers, and dancing during the three-day event.

With the tagline “Where the World Comes to Play,” this is the 41st year that HK Sevens have played host to the HSBC World Rugby Sevens series (HSBC SWS).

16 core international teams have contested for this year’s HSBC SWS with 12 teams who have contested for the international qualifiers. Those who’ve won this year’s games are promoted to the international series in 2017.

Day 3 and the last day of the event didn’t dampened spectators at the full-house stadium as rain poured in during the first-half of the day. Even those seated in the south stand section where the more flamboyant and colored-dress fans provided the much party spirit that the games have been known for.

As one of the crowd favorites, Fiji, defended their cup title this time with New Zealand, 21-7.

Earlier in the day, Japan qualified for the World Series against homegrown Hong Kong team with a victory of 21-14. Dressed in full-red jerseys, Russia won in the Shield Final against Canada 19-14 whereas Argentina won the Bowl Final by defeating Scotland 19-0. England won the Plate Final over USA, 19-0. South Africa beat out Australia, 14-12, and earns the 3rd cup title winner.

HK Sevens also held various events leading up to the games that kicked off on 5 April in Central, Lan Kwai Fong Sevens Carnival to Hong Kong Women’s rugby sevens.

In February 2016, Cyclone Winston hit Fiji that left 44 Fijians dead and left behind destroyed homes, schools, and health facilities. To help raise funds for those affected by this calamity, the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens encouraged spectators to donate and in return, a short message was broadcast at the stadium’s Diamond Vision screen.

On 10 April 2016, a press conference was held where World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper announced their new partnership with China to help grow rugby in the country.

by HKPinoyTV news team

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