IRB Chairman hails Glasgow 7s

The crowd of more than 26 thousand over the weekend topped previous records for the Scottish leg of the HSBC Sevens Series with huge swathes of fans a virtual riot of colour and sound.

It was the first time Glasgow has staged a rugby event of the size and scale of the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s, with 16 teams battling it out over two days of competition.

New Zealand triumphed in the blue riband Cup Final, beating England, 29-14.

Bernard Lapasset, Chairman of the IRB, said:  “The tournament was fantastic , Glasgow was a great place to bring the tournament there are fantastic facilities and it’s been very well received by the teams and the coaches and that’s very important that we have the best for the players.

“We had a great final between New Zealand and England and the most important thing was the crowd, the fans coming creating this wonderful festival feeling.

“Glasgow is not known for being a rugby place but after this it could be soon and it would be great to bring more sevens here and more fifteen-a-side, why not?

“This stadium has been fantastic, so everything is in place to make this an even bigger success in the future.”

“This shows there is a real place for rugby in Glasgow,  a place for rugby on this scale not just in Murrayfield.”

Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow will host the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s until at least 2014, in the run up to the Commonwealth Games in the city.

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