In 50 days the world’s finest rugby sevens talent will be on show at Twickenham Stadium at the Marriott London Sevens on May 12 and 13. This year thousands of fans in flowing flares and groovy afros will embrace the 1970s disco theme, while enjoying the fast, expansive rugby at one of the top events in the London social calendar.
Last year’s festival of rugby saw a world record 100,000 fans head through the gates over the two days. With 35,000 tickets already sold, the 2012 event is on course to be even bigger and better.
The HSBC Sevens World Series pits the top international sevens teams against each other across nine different tournaments, with nations scoring points based on their finishing position in each competition. For the first time the London leg will be the final event and will crown the World Series champions.
The famous Hong Kong Sevens tournament concludes on the March 25 and the teams then head to Japan and Scotland before the London finale. Only five points separate current leaders New Zealand from second placed Fiji while England remain in contention in fourth place.
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With teams from Argentina, Australia, Fiji, France, Kenya, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Wales, USA and Zimbabwe in attendance, England fans will be hoping for a repeat of 2009 when England lifted the London Sevens trophy with an sudden-death try defeating the Kiwis.
And for the first time ever in London, the IRB Women’s Sevens Challenge Cup tournament will run alongside the men’s tournament giving fans the chance to watch the world’s best Women’s players.
12 of the best international women’s sevens team will compete over the two-day tournament, including hosts England, who recently reached the final of the Women’s Challenge Cup in Dubai beating world champions Australia on their way to the final. The teams competing in London will be: England, Australia, Canada, USA, Netherlands, Russia, Brazil, China, Kazakhstan, France, South Africa and Portugal.
Rugby sevens makes its debut at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, so the Marriott London Sevens is the perfect opportunity to see a future Olympic sport in London this summer.
Tickets are now available for the Marriott London Sevens weekend on May 12 and 13 2012, with weekend passes starting from £30, single day tickets from £18 and kids tickets at £5 each day. Throughout the month of March all category 2 weekend tickets are available for just £20. (Tickets are subject to availability and booking fees apply).