Rugby fans in Singapore can catch live world class rugby action again, with the HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens to go ahead as planned on 9 and 10 April 2022.
Organisers have confirmed that Singapore will welcome the world’s top rugby sevens players from 16 teams to the National Stadium at Singapore Sports Hub. The Singapore leg is the fifth of nine tournaments in the men’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2022, which started with two events in Dubai in November and December 2021. South Africa has dominated the 2022 season thus far, winning the first four events of the series.
Spectators can look forward to two days of exhilarating live rugby action at the iconic centrepiece of Singapore Sports Hub. Organisers are working closely with the relevant authorities to stage the event safely in accordance with Singapore’s prevailing safe management measures (SMM). More details on SMMs and ticketing will be announced.
Doug Langley, HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Director said: “We are delighted to be returning to the National Stadium in Singapore for what promises to be a very exciting round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2022 with the scheduled return to Series action of Olympic Champions Fiji and 2020 Series title winners New Zealand.
“All stakeholders are working hard in partnership to deliver a spectacular, safe and secure event and the players and teams are looking forward to getting back on the pitch and showcasing the speed, skill and thrills of world class rugby sevens in Singapore.”
“HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens has grown to be a crowd favourite over the years and we are excited that this marquee event is returning to Singapore’s shores after a hiatus due to the pandemic. As we prepare to witness some world class rugby action, Sport Singapore will be working with organisers to execute a successful and safe event for both spectators and participants,” said Lim Teck Yin, CEO, Sport Singapore.
“We are delighted to welcome the HSBC Rugby Sevens to the Singapore Sports Hub this April. This is another important step towards the return of exciting large-scale live events in Singapore,” said Lionel Yeo, CEO, Singapore Sports Hub.
Spectators to the HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens can expect yet another year of thrilling action on the field. The Singapore leg has previously featured some of the most memorable moments in the Series. Underdog teams Kenya and Canada won the 2016 and 2017 Singapore titles respectively, while 2018 concluded in dramatic fashion when Fiji triumphed over Australia by the slimmest of margins in what will be remembered as one of the great Sevens matches. At the last edition of the event in 2019, South Africa edged out Fiji 20-19 in a remarkable comeback victory to clinch its first-ever HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens title.
This event also marks the first time a major sporting event in Singapore will be allowing food and beverage options, including alcohol, within the spectator stands since Covid-19. Safe Management Measures (SMM) at the HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens
To provide spectators with a safe and enjoyable experience, organisers of the HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens will implement a series of SMMs that will be enforced throughout the event.
All spectators to HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens must be fully vaccinated and submit a self-administered ART test result before entry into National Stadium. Individuals who are either (1) recovered from a COVID-19 infection within the past 180 days regardless of vaccination status, (2) medically ineligible for COVID-19 vaccination, (3) unvaccinated children aged 12 and below, can attend the event, and will also have to submit a negative self-administered ART test result before entry into National Stadium. The self-administered ART test result must be submitted online and proof of submission via email receipt will be required for verification purposes at the venue entry point. Within the spectator stands, spectators will be required to be in groups of five people with safe distancing measures in the stands.
The two-day event will feature a star-studded lineup as teams from Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, USA, and Wales battle it out at the National Stadium to gain ranking points for their climb up the table. The Singapore leg is the fifth of nine tournaments in the men’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2022 which started with two events in Dubai in November and December 2021.
South Africa will be leading the charge after winning all four legs of the Series so far. Their consistent performances in Dubai and Spain have put them in a strong position and they will be looking to defend their title in Singapore. The HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens will also see the return of Fiji, the current Olympic champions, and New Zealand, the 2020 Series champion. Both countries are making their return to the Series after missing the previous rounds.
Beyond the action on the field of play, rugby fans can also participate in other activities at the 100PLUS Promenade. Dubbed the Family Sevens, fringe activities will include an array of family friendly activities such as a bouncy castle and movie screenings. Music fans will also be entertained by live performances from local band, Jive Talkin’ and Zouk DJ, Jeremy Boon, who are set to turn up the energy levels with their distinct and upbeat tunes.