- Record crowds expected at Marriott London Sevens
- England to face Fiji, Samoa, Argentina
Photo: RFU Archive
As fans put the final touches to their safari outfits, the 12 captains and coaches taking part in the Marriott London Sevens at Twickenham Stadium this weekend (May 11-12) launched the tournament at Barn Elms, Barnes.
Players and coaches attended a tag rugby festival for local primary schools and the Dallaglio Foundation as children had the opportunity to get their hands on the tournament trophy ahead of the final leg of this season’s HSBC Sevens World Series.
Last year’s weekend attendance of over 103,000 confirmed London as the world’s largest two-day sevens tournament but ticket sales are on course to break this record with 110,000 fans expected over the weekend to enjoy the 850 minutes of fast, top-class rugby action.
England will face Fiji, Samoa and Argentina in Pool C on the opening day at Twickenham Stadium in the final leg of the series. The Women’s Invitational Tournament at the Marriott London Sevens sees England face France, Spain and Australia on day one of an eight-team event.
Attending the launch, Rob Vickerman, England Sevens captain said: “It’s great to be heading into London on the back of our third-place finish in Glasgow and we are confident that we can carry that form into this weekend – there is no better place to do that than at Twickenham.
“It’s very special playing at the Home of England Rugby, combining one of the world’s best XVs rugby stadiums with one of the best sevens rounds of the series this year. Everyone is really looking forward to playing in front of our friends and family, a potentially record breaking crowd and a fantastic atmosphere."
Tickets are still available for fans to join the England Sevens on safari and roar them on at this year’s Marriott London Sevens, and can also be purchased from the ticket office on the day.
Throughout the weekend, the West Car Park will welcome fans from across the world when it opens its doors to the Game Reserve. Open for all fans to enjoy, there will be live music, interviews with players, picnic areas and plenty to eat and drink.