14th Apr 2016

The costumes have been packed away, the hangovers have subsided, but the memories remain of another phenomenal week of rugby here in Hong Kong.

These are just a few of the highlights…there are lots more images, videos and stories on our website at Facebook HongKong7s and Instagram @hksevens

The Sevens Week fun commenced with the LKF Sevens Carnival on Tuesday evening – live music, rugby stars, ticket giveaways…capture some of the carnival colour here

On Wednesday it was the Sabre Kowloon RugbyFest tournament and dinner…possibly the greatest social 10s competition in the world…

It was also the first day of the HKSevens Central activation area in Chater Garden, sponsored by Marriott Rewards and Tag Heuer and foodpanda and foodpanda and part of the Government’s “Appreciate Hong Kong” campaign. Over the following 5 days over 36,000 locals and tourists enjoyed the opportunity to meet some of the Sevens teams, rugby legends, try out the rugby skills games, and watch the Sevens action live on a giant screen…all free of charge.

On Wednesday evening it was the inaugural HKSEVENS Kick-off Concert at the Sevens Village, and what a lovely evening…performances by the Proclaimers and Bjorn Again, David Hasselhoff as the MC, and a who’s-who of rugby legends in attendance…thanks to Marriott Rewards and Tag Heuer for their support of what is sure to become an annual fixture!

Next, if I remember correctly, came Thursday…it was the first day of the Hong Kong Women’s Sevens, along with the Standard Chartered International Youth 7s, and of course the final day of the GFI HKFC 10s, where the Penguins finally got to pick up the Cup - Read more HERE Thursday also saw the HKRU and New Zealand Consulate host their annual Value of Sport Lunch, with a distinguished panel of Sean Fitzpatrick, Christian Cullen, Al Kellock and double Olympic gold medalist Daley Thompson discussing the power of sport to break down barriers…

On Friday the Carbine Club held their biggest ever Sevens lunch and raised some funds for Jonah Lomu’s family, while the Women’s Sevens day two climaxed with an enthralling final in the Stadium as South Africa saw off France to take the silverware – lots of great photos on the HKWR Sevens Facebook page, and more results here

And so to the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens itself…a spectacular Opening Ceremony set the tone for the weekend, with our tournament flying dragons brought to life as their eyes were dotted by Brian O’Driscoll, Daley Thompson, Grace a CX Flight Attendant, and…David Hasselhoff! If you don’t believe me, have a look…

The Hoff was back later that evening giving a most unique performance of Delilah…although he really hit his peak on Saturday with a Baywatch sketch that will live forever in entertainment folk lore…relive that magic moment here

The entertainment continued on Saturday with the Proclaimers following up the March Past with a performance that concluded with a mass rendition of 500 Miles…watch HERE and Bjorn Again braved the Sunday showers and created their own musical sunshine as they pumped out the best of Abba.

And what of the rugby? The Hong Kong men’s and women’s teams did us proud once again, although they certainly put the home crowd through a roller-coaster of emotions over the course of the tournaments! A 4th place finish for our ladies, but a morale-boosting pool stage win over Japan, and the men battled their way through to the Qualifier Final, only to find our nemesis Japan in imperious mood – we wish Japan well as they take up their slot on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series next year. The remaining silverware went to Russia (Shield), Argentina (Bowl), England (Plate) which left another classic show-down between the giants of the Hong Kong Sevens, Fiji and New Zealand. As usual, neither team disappointed as we ended 70 games of rugby with a final scintillating 20 minutes, but it was the flying Fijians who came out on top and lifted the Gerry Forsgate Quaich as the 2016 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens Cup Champions…read more here

Congratulations to Fiji, and thanks to all the teams, officials, volunteers, staff, contractors, media, sponsors and of course our 120,000 spectators who came together to once again put on the greatest Sevens show on earth

We’ll see you next year at the 42nd Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens – Where the World Comes to Play!