The kick-offs for one of the most exciting and fast-paced games have begun.
Come 28 and 29 April 2018, Singapore will be set to rock, ruck, and rumble, as the HSBC Rugby 7s rolls into town. Sixteen teams from across the globe will flock to Singapore for this event, along with rugby fanatics.
For the uninitiated, Rugby 7s is played on a full-size pitch by teams of seven players. Unlike a 15s rugby game that lasts for 80 minutes, Rugby 7s is fast and furious! Each half only lasts seven minutes during the pool stages of an official Rugby Sevens tournament, while the finals will feature ten-minute halves.
Whether or not you are a rugby player, fan, or rookie, Rugby 7s promises an action-packed, adrenaline-pumping experience.
Here are 7 facts about the HSBC Singapore Rugby 7s that you need to know.
1. 6 Weeks of Family-Friendly Fun
Singapore 7s, which has positioned itself as “the families’ sevens,” has pulled out all the stops to make this a family-friendly and inclusive affair.
There will be plenty of things to do for families visiting Singapore at the six-week-long Singapore Rugby Carnival, which will have three fun zones for sport lovers of all ages: Sports Zone, with activities across different sports; Kids Zone, boasting fun and entertainment for children; and World Zone, which promises a variety of food and drink options.
Rugby-themed roadshows and activations will also be popping up at various malls, so you will not miss out on the action even if you’re not catching the games. Here, you may learn how it’s like to score a try, “hook” a ball, or tackle an opponent.
For the first time, families will be able to hop onto a “family fast track lane” at the stadium’s entrances. Parents can also take advantage of other amenities such as a child drop-off zone, private breastfeeding areas, and nappy changing rooms.
2. Glimpse the Rising Stars of Singapore Rugby
Credit: Rugby Singapore / STB
To catch the rising stars of rugby, don’t miss out on the three ancillary competitions in the lead-up to the HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens. The first is the Regional Midnight Club 10s featuring eight men’s and eight women’s teams from rugby clubs across Asia on 27 April 2018 at Turf City.
Twelve teams in the under-14 age group will also be battling it out for an opportunity to play on the biggest stage of all in the annual Singapore Schools Sevens Series.
The top two teams will have a final face-off at the National Stadium on 29 April. Last year, St. Andrew’s Secondary School and Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) made it to the finals, with St. Andrew’s winning the match 12-10.
A new addition to the fringe activities this year is the Titans Ruck & Rumble 10s. Watch young ones make their rugby moves, with tournaments for under-8s and under-10s boys, and a girls’ competition to boot. The finalist teams will get their moment of glory at the National Stadium on 29 April 2018.
3. Rub Shoulders with Rugby Legends
Like other professional sports, every rugby fan has his or her favourites. Many are familiar with the fearsome All Blacks from New Zealand, or the mighty Springboks from South Africa – popularised by the movie Invictus featuring Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela.
As the eighth stop for the 10-leg HSBC Sevens World Rugby series, Singapore will be hosting the top 16 teams in the world, who will compete for this year’s championship.
Defending champion Canada, plus traditional powerhouses Fiji, New Zealand, South Africa, and Australia are just some of the exciting teams you’ll be able to catch in action.
You might even sneak a glimpse of (or snap a wefie with) this year’s ambassadors, long-serving New Zealand Sevens captain DJ Forbes, and former England Rugby Sevens player Ben Gollings, a lead scorer in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. Gollings’ record of 2,652 points came from playing 344 matches over 70 tournaments!
4. Be Part of a 60,000-Strong Turnout
For this year, event organisers have set their sights even higher. They are aiming for 60,000 fans to grace this year’s tournament, making it one of the most well-attended sports events thus far.
From courageous tries and skillful passes to opportunistic tries and gravity-defying conversions, teams will battle it out on the field cheered by their supporters, Be part of the heart-pumping action and don your favourite team colours.
5. This is Singapore’s Third Year as Host Nation
The Sports Hub has hosted the Singapore leg of the series since 2016, with the four-year contract set to end in 2019. The Singapore Rugby Union has since submitted a bid to extend the contract till 2023, along with 19 other cities, including Dubai, London, Vancouver, and Sydney.
Mr David Lim, Chairman of Rugby Singapore, believes that the new initiatives this year, such as an enhanced food experience, more fringe events, and increased ticket value featuring more deals with restaurants and merchants, will improve the Republic’s chances.
He said in an interview with The Straits Times, “We want to demonstrate to World Rugby and stakeholders that Singapore should be a temple of the Series.”
As rugby fans ourselves, we are gunning for Singapore to succeed.
6. Stand to Win Tickets to Catch Rugby Sevens live
[CONTEST- 20 to 25 April 2018] Pan Pacific Singapore is proud to be the Official Hotel for HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens and we are giving away 4 pairs of tickets to the biggest celebration of rugby in Southeast Asia and 2 pairs of our new Nostalgic Weekend High Tea Buffet at Atrium for two persons. Simply take part in our contest below and you may be one of the six lucky winners. * Guess the Number of Rugby Balls Contest: 1. Make a guess on the number of rugby balls on our four bubble lifts 2. Reply to this post and tag a friend that you wish to bring along 3. Alternatively, drop by any of our hotel’s restaurants and bars to indicate your best guess on our rugby forms! * [HINT: you will need to pop by our hotel lobby to count the total number of Rugby balls!] * Contest will end on Wednesday, 25 April 2018, 2359 hours. Winners will be selected at the hotel’s discretion and will be contacted by the hotel directly. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Associates of Pan Pacific Hotels & Resorts and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate in the contest. Terms and conditions apply.
Last year, it was rugby-themed cocktails. This year, guests at Pan Pacific Singapore will stand to win tickets to catch the HSBC Rugby Sevens live! Just guess the number of rugby balls on the decals on the four bubble lifts in the hotel. Terms and conditions apply.
Beyond tickets to the matches, you may also win dining vouchers, like a Nostalgic Weekend High Tea Buffet at the gorgeous Atrium of Pan Pacific Singapore. What better way to chill out after an action-packed rugby season?
7. Exclusive Goodies and Discounts When You Stay at Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts
As the official hotel partner of HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens 2018, Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts is pleased to offer you exclusive room rates and complimentary breakfasts when you stay with us to witness the action live at the National Stadium. Enjoy 15% discount for stays at Pan Pacific hotels and serviced suites in Singapore, valid for bookings from now until 6 May 2018. Book now to secure your rooms.
That’s not all. Guests of Pan Pacific will enjoy 15% discount to Rugby 7s tickets with the promotion code 18SG7PPGUEST. (Additional 5% off for HSBC credit card holders.)
In addition, ticket-holders will enjoy 20% off their total restaurant bill (excluding alcoholic beverages) at all participating outlets under Pan Pacific Hotels Group, valid from now to 30 April 2018.