HSBC: CATHAY PACIFIC/HSBC HONG KONG SEVENS 2017 DRAW HELD

HSBC: CATHAY PACIFIC/HSBC HONG KONG SEVENS 2017 DRAW HELD

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Chamber Member News Post Date: 03/15/17 Source: HKSevens By: HKRU
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40 teams to take part in World’s Best Sevens party in 2017:

The Hong Kong Rugby Union (HKRU) held the official draw for the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2017 and the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series Qualifier this evening at Hysan Place in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.

Three separate draws were held including that for the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2017 - Round Seven of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, featuring the 15 Series teams plus South Korea, World Rugby’s nominated 16th team.

The draw for the 12-team World Rugby Sevens Series Qualifier, played concurrently with the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament, was also held, as well as that for the 12-team World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series Qualifier.

Participating guests officiating tonight’s draws included Ms Christine Loh, Under Secretary for the Environment and Mr Yeung Tak Keung, Sports Commissioner, for the Hong Kong Government.

They were joined by Mr Martin Murray, Director of Finance for Cathay Pacific Airways and Mr Kevin Martin, Regional Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Asia Pacific for HSBC. Cathay Pacific Airways and HSBC are the co-title sponsors of the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens. Mr Peter Duncan and Mr Pieter Schats, respectively President and Chairman of the Hong Kong Rugby Union, also officiated tonight’s ceremony.

Entering the backstretch of this year’s Series, the action to date has been compelling. South Africa, winners of four of the six Series events to date, are atop the standings on 126 points, ahead of England (103), winners of the most recent event in Vancouver, and Fiji (100).

With the addition of the Qualifier, the Hong Kong Sevens remains the largest men’s tournament on the series, with 28 teams playing across three days. Including the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series Qualifier, there will be a total of 40 international teams participating in Hong Kong during Sevens Week.

The 2017 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens tournament will feature 70 men’s matches and for the first time ever, the semi-finals of the Women’s Sevens Series Qualifier will be played in the Hong Kong Stadium, alongside the Cup Final, which has been played in the stadium since 1998, for a total of 73 matches across the weekend. Read Full Article