The Scotland round of the HSBC Sevens World Series, which will return to Scotstoun Stadium on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 May 2015 has been launched by Scotland centre Mark Bennett and Scotland 7s captain, Scott Wight at St. Enoch Centre in Glasgow city Centre.
Building on the success of the Rugby Sevens at last summer’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games, which Bennett and Wight were a part of, it will be a weekend of world-class international sevens rugby performed to the back drop of live music, entertainment and with a ‘Comic Book’ fancy dress theme.
Today’s announcement comes on Commonwealth Day, acting as a reminder to the part Rugby Sevens, a game invented here in Scotland, played at Glasgow 2014 in building a legacy for sport in this country.
Glasgow Warriors’ home will play host to the world’s best sevens teams including the top three ranked teams on the circuit, South Africa, New Zealand and Fiji.
With the added incentive of places at Rio 2016 up for grabs this year, as Rugby Sevens makes its Olympic debut, the competition is set to intensify. The top four teams at the end of the season will qualify for Rio.
Dominic McKay, Director of Commercial Operations, Communications and Public Affairs at Scottish Rugby said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming the best Rugby Sevens teams in the world to Glasgow for our fourth Emirates Airline Rugby 7s.
“With this being the eighth year we have hosted a World Series event we know how much the players enjoy coming to, and competing in, Scotland.
“Off the back of the success of Glasgow 2014 we have seen fantastic sales so far and encourage fans to snap up their tickets quickly to secure their place at one of Scottish rugby’s biggest parties.”
The tournament is part of a series of nine international sevens tournaments held around the world, at the end of which the winning country is crowned HSBC Sevens World Series Champions.
The season began at Gold Coast in Australia before moving on to Dubai and Port Elizabeth in South Africa and then Wellington in New Zealand and Las Vegas.
It moves to the other side of the world to Hong Kong in March and Tokyo in April before arriving in Glasgow and concluding in London in May.
Anne Ledgerwood, General Manager of St. Enoch Centre, said: “The HSBC Sevens World Series will bring some of the world’s top teams to the city and showcase Glasgow on the international stage. We’re pleased to be supporting the event and can’t wait to enjoy the carnival atmosphere in May.”
Tickets for the 2015 Emirates Airline Rugby 7s are on sale now!
For more details go to: www.scottishrugby.org.