September 9, 2022 – Hong Kong Sevens
The Hong Kong Sevens is finally coming back in November, after officials at the “highest levels” gave it the go-ahead this week.
Fans are set to descend on So Kon Po in their droves for the first time since April 2019, with the pandemic having frustrated the Hong Kong Rugby Union’s efforts to stage the city’s flagship sporting event.
But even though the Sevens is back, Covid-19 restrictions will still be in place at Hong Kong Stadium over all three days of action – and there are plenty of questions still to answer three months out.
Here’s a rundown of everything we know so far about the return of the Hong Kong Sevens.
The November 22 edition of the Hong Kong Sevens has been added as an additional 11th tournament at the start of the 2023 World Rugby Sevens Series.
Hong Kong will then get a second spot on the 2023 calendar in its traditional April slot next year.
The 40,000-seat Hong Kong Stadium in So Kon Po will operate at an 85 per cent capacity over all three days.
That means 34,000 fans will be allowed in on each day – and they will have to be separated in the stands in groups of eight people.
There will only be men’s sides competing at this year’s Hong Kong Sevens, with no women’s competition or mini rugby.
All core Sevens Series teams, including South Africa, Australia, Argentina, Fiji, Ireland, USA, France, Great Britain, New Zealand, Samoa, Spain, Kenya, Canada, and Japan will be playing, plus Hong Kong – who will join the main competition, with no Challenger Series event scheduled.
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