HSBC Sevens World Series
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The HSBC Sevens World Series tour is made up of eight events throughout the season, taking in eight countries and five continents.
Each individual tournament involves 16 teams – with the exception of the 24 team bonanza in Hong Kong – the 12 IRB sevens core sides and four other invited sides, who all accumulate points.
The eight tournament venues all have an individual character and offer something unique to players and fans. From the history-steeped Hong Kong tournament to a packed Twickenham for the London Sevens, the surroundings may change, but the competition is consistently fierce as teams hunt points for the series title.
Fans festivals, beer tents, dancing fancy-dress in the crowd, family areas, and try-stuffed action on the pitch, means there is fun to be had for sevens crowds all over the world.
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The unique festival atmosphere HSBC Sevens World Series is like no other rugby experience and you can be there with England Rugby Travel.
England's official travel partner can arrange ticket-inclusive tours to IRB sevens events, so if you fancy the bright lights of Las Vegas or the culture of Hong Kong you can be there to cheer Ben Ryan's England on.
Dubai – December 3-4, 2010
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The HSBC Sevens World Series kicks off with the Dubai Sevens at a purpose-built venue just on the outskirts of the city, where more than 130,000 fans watched some thrilling sevens rugby over three days last year.
The Sevens Stadium’s 5,000 seater permanent grandstand is transformed into a 50,000 capacity venue to accommodate the IRB sevens road show.
Regarded a one of biggest parties of the year in Dubai, it’s a great place to start the season.
South Africa – December 10-11, 2010
The 2010/11 HSBC Sevens World Series starts with back-to-back competitions, with the second stop in George, South Africa.
Outeniqua Park in the popular tourist city in the Southern Cape hosts the festivities, with the Springbok Sevens out to defend their title on home turf.
New Zealand – February 4-5, 2011
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New Zealand’s leg is the Wellington Sevens, which takes place at the Westpack Stadium on the Waterloo Quay in the city, home of the Hurricanes Super-14 team.
In typical Kiwi fashion, all manners of outdoor pursuits are available in and around the city so there is plenty to do during any downtime away from the sevens action.
England narrowly beat the hosts at last year’s competition and the Kiwis will be raring to go on home turf.
USA – February 12-13, 2011
With all the glitz, glamour and hype you’d expect from the American leg of the series, the USA Sevens moves to a new home for 2010 in the Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas.
The organisers are laying on an international fans festival featuring games, music, sport and beer gardens. Last year Argentina bagged only their second IRB Sevens cup victory, seeing off England in the final.
Hong Kong – March 25-27, 2011
The jewel in the sevens series crown, the 40,000 capacity Hong Kong Stadium hosts the iconic Hong Kong Sevens.
With a rich 32-year history, the tournament is expanded to 24 teams in six pools, making it the competition that all sevens players want to win.
Matching Hong Kong Sevens’ folklore, traditional sevens stars Fiji have turned it on in the Far East, recording a record 12 wins, including the 2008-09 cup title.
Australia – April 2-3, 2011
The Adelaide Sevens celebrates its fourth year in 2010, with the well situated Adelaide Oval hosting the party.
The stadium is right in the centre of the city so you can soak up its highlights alongside some cracking sevens action.
Current series champions South Africa are looking for a third straight Adelaide Sevens title when the tour arrives in March.
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England – May 21-22, 2011
Potentially the biggest event on the world series calendar, the London Sevens takes place at the 82,000 capacity Twickenham Stadium. Being in one of the world’s most international cities, it attracts a diverse crowd of ages and nationalities, many of whom observe the unwritten tradition of fancy dress in the stands.
As the penultimate competition of the season, the tradition big hitters will be out to keep the pressure on in the first leg of the British double header.
Scotland – May 28-29, 2011
The second instalment of the British double header – The Edinburgh Sevens – takes place at Murrayfield to round off the IRB Sevens World Series.
The hosts delighted the home fans by equalling their season’s best in a narrow semi-final defeat to South Africa last year, while Fiji finished the series with another victory.