Rugby lovers worldwide and particularly in the pristine island nation of Singapore are abuzz with excitement and ready to dive into what promises to be a breathtaking showcase of fast-paced rugby action featuring the best global and South East Asian (SEA) regional women’s and men’s 7s talent.
This rugby extravaganza kicks off today Friday 7th April 2023 with the SEA 7s, carrying over into the weekend of the hotly anticipated HSBC Singapore 7s,
- HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens ready for kick-off
- Singapore Women’s & Men’s 7s Teams Strike Gold, Prevail Over Classy Challengers, at Asia Rugby Sevens Trophy in Jakarta
- Hong Kong set for unforgettable weekend as 2023 Series continues
- Hong Kong Rugby Union announced the men’s and women’s sevens squads for Cathay/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2023
SEA 7s will see teams from Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Laos, and Chinese Taipei and hosts Singapore, contesting the title. The Group matches and semi-finals will be played from 9 am to 6 pm on Friday, with entry free for the public, at the Jurong West Stadium.
The finals of the SEA 7s will be played on Saturday, 8th April, at the Sports Hub – amidst the HSBC Singapore Rugby 7s – enabling visitors to Singapore to enjoy the best of the international and regional rugby on display, whilst also giving the local crowd the chance to cheer on their home teams if they succeed in making it to the finals.
First held in 2016 as part of the ‘Engaging Rugby in Asia’ and ‘Growing the Sport at Home’ initiatives, the SEA 7s serves as a platform for South East Asian countries to consistently compete at the regional level even when Rugby is not included in the bi-annual SEA Games.
Rugby 7s saw its return to the SEA Games in 2015, which was hosted by Singapore, followed by Malaysia in 2017, and last featured in the 2019 games in the Philippines. The Covid-19 pandemic made it difficult for the South East Asian unions to ensure Rugby 7s inclusion in the SEA Games. This SEA 7s will, therefore, enable emerging unions to make an impression to put forward a strong case to their respective National Olympic Councils for the inclusion of the sport in future SEA Games.
“Having an international competition on top of the existing structure is always great for developing both the team and individual players,” Suhaimi Amran, the Singapore national team’s Head Coach, commented. “This is especially critical in our objective of developing teams that can win at regional levels. Having a home tournament of such a level can only aid us in preparations for major games like the SEA and Asian Games.”
Both the Singapore Rugby 7s Men’s and Women’s teams have already qualified for the top-flight Asian Rugby 7s Series, which sees the likes of Japan, Hong Kong China, Korea and China competing in a multi-leg tournament over two Legs (August and October 2023), as well as for the upcoming Asian Games in Hangzhou (September 2023).
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