One of the fastest and most exciting sports in the world will hold its showpiece event in Hong Kong this coming spring.
From March 27th to 29th 2009 the Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens tournament will be held at the spectacular 40,000-seater Hong Kong Stadium.
Rugby Sevens is, as the name would suggest, a smaller-sided version of the game that the world knows and loves.
However, despite there being only seven players on each team, the playing surface is the same size and this results in huge amount of space in which players can run into.
Games are therefore played for shorter lengths of time but at a frenetic pace, the likes of which is seldom seen in other sports.
The tournament consists of 24 teams split into three groups of eight. After a standard round-robin format, the top octet of sides compete in a play-off for the Bowl, the middle eight for the Plate, with the bottom teams contesting the Cup.
With all this supercharged action on offer, the already bustling city of Hong Kong promises to become that much more exciting than usual during the prestigious Hong Kong Sevens.
Hong Kong – Part mystical Chinese city, part 21st Century metropolis Hong Kong combines temples and skyscrapers.