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HSBC Sevens Series World Rugby Sevens Series Men's Qualifier Men and Women’s Qualifying Tournaments 2019

The Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens also plays host to the World Rugby Sevens Series Qualifiers for both the men’s and women’s series. Both tournaments feature 12 teams drawn from World Rugby’s six regions and both also offer the host teams their best shot at realising a rugby dream, qualifying for a full-time spot on their respective global circuits.

With promotion and relegation from the international series (Russia was relegated from the Series and replaced by Japan in last year’s men’s event, while China went up and Japan down in the women’s competition) the quality in the qualifiers is always at a world-class standard.

Adding to the challenge is the return of ten of last year’s 12 teams in both tournaments.

In the Men’s Qualifier, hosts Hong Kong will top Pool E alongside Oceania qualifiers Tonga, Africa number one Zimbabwe and familiar Asian rivals the Philippines.

Ireland, who reached the semi-finals in the Qualifier in Hong Kong last season, and the semi-finals of the Cup competition as an invited team at the World Series event in Twickenham to close out the year, top Pool F in the Qualifier.

They will have to grapple with experienced World Series outfit Russia who will be keen to regain promotion under their new coach in Hong Kong Sevens legend Fiji’s Waisale Serevi. Uruguay and Jamaica round out the Pool. Last year’s losing semi-finalists Chile and Germany will bash each other in Pool G alongside African qualifiers Uganda and Cook Islands from Oceania.

The women’s rugby action is equally intense in 2019 – and set to reach a new level in 2020 when the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens will play host to a full HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series tournament for the next four-year cycle. Hong Kong’s hometown heroes, under a new coach and captain in Scotland’s Iain Monaghan and Melody Li Nim-yan, will be hopeful of booking their 2020 place at this year’s event, but must contend with a tough international field. Japan, relegated from last year’s Series, enter as the top seeds in Pool A, which they share with Belgium, Scotland and Mexico. Kenya, Papua New Guinea and Uganda join Hong Kong in Pool B, while Brazil, Argentina, Kazakhstan and Poland feature in Pool C.

After the pool rounds on Thursday 4 April, at So Kon Po, directly across from the Hong Kong Stadium, the teams will be ranked based on their pool results, 1 to 12.

The top eight will advance to a knockout competition on Day Two (Friday 5 April) inside the Hong Kong Stadium at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens. The winners proceed to the Cup semi-finals while the losers are knocked out.

Please click the link below to read the official visitors guide 2019:

HKSEVENS Rugby Week Official Visitors Guide 2019



(Edited on 2 Apr 2019)


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