We all love a well-made rugby video, especially when it features 7s. The organisers of the German Oktoberfest 7s have now released a masterclass in advertising their tournament with this beautiful three-minute clip. It's first and foremost an advertising video to attract more sponsors, but we think it is, in general, a beautiful teaser for a fantastic event.
The Oktoberfest 7s took place last year for the first time, as part of the annual and biggest beer festival in the world, in the Olympic Stadium of Munich.
Oktoberfest 7s | Official Website
Pic: Oktoberfest 7s / Official Facebook Page
South Africa has won the second edition of the Oktoberfest 7s on Sunday in Munich with a 12-10 win over Fiji. A last-minute try in the final by captain Siviwe Soyizwapi secured the title against strong Fijians. New Zealand claimed the third place after beating hosts Germany.
Pic: Christian Scheja
During the last weekend of September 2017, some of the world’s finest international 7s teams will travel to the famous Olympic stadium in Munich in order to bring the game to the Bavarian capital.
The Oktoberfest 7s will take place on the 29th and 30th of September 2017. Beside hosts Germany, teams such as Australia, South Africa and England compete during the two-day tournament.
A stadium with a capacity of 69k seats plus international 7s during the world-famous Oktoberfest sounds like a fantastic mix. The chairman of the German Rugby Board (DRV) Klaus Blank said “Rugby and Oktoberfest fit together perfectly, fun meets a robust sport with a high entertaining value”.
The event is organised in partnership between the DRV and World Rugby.
Find out more about the Oktoberfest 7s here. For tickets click here.
Pic: Oktoberfest 7s (Facebook Page)
Great news came in from Germany last week, as the popular Oktoberfest 7s will return next year, following an unexpected break in 2018.
Pic: Oktoberfest 7s Facebook Page
This weekend eight of the world’s best 7s teams are competing on German soil at the second edition of the Oktoberfest 7s. Hosted at the iconic Olympic Stadium in Munich, this tournament promises to be the perfect occasion to test the form for the upcoming World Sevens Series at the end of the year in Dubai. Although Germany is not necessarily known as a hotspot for international rugby, the idea of running a 7s tournament next to the the world's largest Volksfest, in a stunning stadium with top-class teams, has proved to be a game-changer.
The Oktoberfest 7s takes place at the Olympic Stadium (Capacity 69,250) in Munich (map). The stadium hosted the Olympics in 1972 and was the home of Bayern Munich until they moved to the Allianz Arena in 2005. The matches will be played on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of September. Fiji and USA will kick-off the weekend at 14:00 local time (GMT +1) on Saturday, while New Zealand and England complete the pool stage on Saturday evening. On Sunday the knock-out matches get underway at 11:00 AM (GMT +1) with the fifth-place play-off. The cup final is penciled in for around 15:00 (GMT +1).
Unfortunately, the tournament won’t be broadcasted in the UK, however, in Germany it will be shown by Sport 1, which also provides an online stream. For a full list of broadcasters click here.
In recent years the German 7s team has made huge progress, reaching some remarkable milestones. One of the outstanding victories was the win of the European Championships in Poland this summer, a well-deserved reward following heavy disappointment on missing out to qualify for the World Sevens Series and the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year.
Pic: Fabian Heimpel Facebook Page
Flyhalf Fabian Heimpel has been one of the pillars, transforming the Germans into a well-respected side on the world circuit. The 29-year old brings heaps of experience to the table, playing the game of 7s and 15s for his country and home team RG Heidelberg for more than a decade.
This weekend offers a huge opportunity to showcase his vast skillset against the worlds best sides in front of a massive home crowd.
With the top three teams of the previous World Sevens Series, Fiji, New Zealand and the USA all participating, it will be tough to pick a clear favourite. Although all three of this magnificinet trio underlined their class during last seasons series, Fiji was the side with the most tournament wins (5) while the Eagles only managed to win their home tournament. New Zealand won the opener in Dubai and Sydney earlier this year, but failed to secure another 22-pointer thereafter.
Pool A | England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa
Pool B | Fiji, USA, Germany, France
Fiji vs USA
Germany vs France
England vs Australia
New Zealand vs South Africa
Fiji vs France
Germany vs USA
England vs South Africa
New Zealand vs Australia
The Oktoberfest 7s, Germany's first-ever professional top-class invitational tournament, which was launched last year as part of the Oktoberfest in Munich, is set to be cancelled this year. The organisers have published a surprising statement today, in which they explained that in order to fully focus on the successful application of becoming a host for one of the World Sevens Series legs, it is inevitable to cancel this year's tournament.
A decision of the host cities for the next World Sevens Series is expected to be announced in July this year.
Here is the full statement by the Oktoberfest 7s GmbH, the company which manages the tournament:
With deep regret we have to report that in all likelihood we will have to cancel the Oktoberfest 7s 2018 in order to focus on the 2019 event and a long-term series of tournaments.
In 2017 Munich experienced the successful premiere of top class rugby in Germany at the first Oktoberfest 7s, attended by the best national teams in the world. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to this invitational tournament, in 2019 Rugby Germany has a realistic chance of becoming host, for the first time, to one of the World Rugby Sevens Series tournaments, of which there are currently ten run by World Rugby. The German Rugby Union has therefore, in conjunction with the operating company Oktoberfest 7s GmbH, submitted an application to World Rugby for the World Rugby Sevens Series from 2019 to 2022. The top priority remains the hosting by Germany of a World Rugby Sevens Series tournament, which would offer greater prospects than an invitational tournament, both in terms of status and associated conditions. Negotiations with World Rugby are currently ongoing. A decision on the future hosts of the World Rugby Sevens Series is expected in July 2018.
The Oktoberfest 7s are organized and run by the operating company Oktoberfest 7s GmbH. This operating company is funded 100% by private investors, who are supporting German rugby and who have the long-term goal of establishing a yearly tournament with an international format in Germany. In 2017 these shareholders brought considerable funds to bear as part of the start-up financing, in order to fund a successful inaugural tournament. In the planning for the 2018 tournament it has become clear that the additional financing, bearing in mind the investment required for possible World Rugby Sevens Series participation from 2019, could only be further borne with difficulty.
While on the one hand the application for the World Rugby Sevens Series represents a very great chance, it also draws the attention of World Rugby and the participating sponsors to the long-term series and away from the event this year. Therefore, after consultation with all the parties involved, the shareholders of the Oktoberfest 7s GmbH have had to take the decision, as it currently stands, to postpone the 2018 tournament by one year, in order to focus all available resources and means on 2019, with immediate effect. At the same time, we are currently in the final phase of negotiations with the possibility of indeed securing the financing for this year. Should this not be possible, we will announce the definite cancellation of the event by the end of May 2018. The ticket sales for 2018 will not start until then.
Together with the city of Munich, the sponsors and all other stakeholders, the Oktoberfest 7s GmbH and the German Rugby Union will concentrate all their efforts, on the application process of the World Rugby Union in the upcoming weeks and months in order to be able to host an official World Rugby Sevens Series tournament in the Olympic Stadium from 2019.
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