Preview | Hong Kong 7s
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The World Sevens Series stops in Hong Kong this weekend. It is the premier tournament and it doesn’t get much bigger than during the 7th round of the series where so much is at stake. A competition full of global superstars including Sonny Bill Williams, Nick “the Honey Badger” Cummins and even a Superbowl winner awaits 120,000 spectators over the next three days. Parallel to the main competition, 12 teams will determine the 15th core team for the 2016-17 World Series.
WHERE AND WHEN?
The Hong Kong Sevens take place at the Hong Kong Stadium (Capacity 40,000) in So Kon Po, Hong Kong, from Friday 07th until Sunday 09th of April.
The matches kick-off on Friday at 18:10 local time (11:10 UK time), Saturday 11:18 local time (04:18 UK time) and Sunday at 09:30 local time (02:30 UK time).
See the full fixture list here.
WHERE CAN I SEE IT?
In the UK Sky Sports will cover the tournament on all days. For a full TV guide click here, for any other country check out this handy guide.
WHO’S THE FAVOURITE?
Fiji, South Africa and New Zealand are still the dominating teams this season with just a point between each of them. In addition Hong Kong is traditionally a place that favours teams from the southern hemisphere. In the previous five years Fiji won there three times, while rivals New Zealand secured two cups. Therefore a tournament win by any other team then the top-three or Australia who currently sits in fourth position, would be a surprise.
ONE TO WATCH
Once again this is a weekend with an extremely exciting line-up of world-class players. Much has been written about Superbowl winner Nate Ebner who will start for the USA for the first time this weekend. Ebner is an experienced rugby player but spend most of his sporting career playing American Football for New England Patriots. It will be interesting to see how this transition works which certainly could become a precedent for the future.
It’s close at the top. Fiji (106 points) are just a point in front of South Africa (105) followed by New Zealand (104). The next best team is Australia with 90 points. See the full standings.