It’s finally launched! The 2015 HK Sevens.
With 2 days to go, the organisers held the customary captain’s photo shoot overlooking Hong Kong harbour.
— World Rugby Sevens (@WorldRugby7s) March 25, 2015
28 captains were at the kick off for the 40th Hong Kong Sevens: Asia’s rugby “jewel in the crown”.
The World Series qualifier will take place in parallel with the main tournament with the winner of the qualifiers to replace bottom ranked team with “core status” at end of the 2014/15 world series.
16 teams will go head to head in Hong Kong which is the 6th instalment of the HSBC 7s World Series.
South Africa, (who are yet to win in Hong Kong), are defending Champions from last year. New Zealand, Fiji and Australia are all tucked neatly behind in the Olympic qualification spots, with England snapping at their heels at 5th.
In the qualifiers, 2 teams from each region will contest the core status prize for the 2015/16 series.
Hosts Hong Kong are gunning to win on home soil.
Spain are also in the running. They had core status last year and are a decent side, but they will have to beat the likes of Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, Tonga and Russia to get there