Moments in time
28 March 1976
-The date of the first Hong Kong Sevens, which was sponsored by Cathay Pacific and Rothmans’ Tobacco. It was one of the world’s first rugby tournaments to attract commercial sponsorship.
-The first Chinese player to represent Hong Kong at a Rugby World Cup Sevens.
-The year of the first Hong Kong Women’s Sevens tournament, with New Zealand dominating the field.
-Rugby was granted Olympic status, with Hong Kong acting as a qualifying match for the 2020 Games.
History of rugby
-Rugby balls used to be made from pigs’ bladders encased in leather. Today, synthetic materials allow them to be waterproof.
-The sport is named after Rugby School, located in the town of Rugby in the UK, where it was first played in 1823.
-This year’s prize money stands at US$150,000 (about HK$1.18 million). The Hong Kong Sevens has the largest prize of any World Rugby event.
-The average amount Hong Kong Sevens spectators from overseas spend HK$19,000 in the city during their stay.
Rugby union game variants
Traditional: Players per side: 15; Minutes per half: 40
Tens: Players per side: 10; Minutes per half: 10
Sevens: Players per side: 7; Minutes per half: 7
Biggest winners in Hong Kong Sevens history
- Fiji: 18 wins
- New Zealand: 11 wins
- Australia: 5 wins
- Points: 5
- How to score: Touching the ball down in your opponent’s goal area
- Points: 2
- How to score: Successful kick through the goalposts after a try
- Points: 3
- How to score: Penalty kick or drop goal through the posts