HSBC World Rugby Singapore Sevens to include Under-14 schoolboy final on second day

SINGAPORE - Rugby players from local and international schools can vie for the opportunity to play in a schoolboy match on the second day of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens in Singapore.

Twelve schools will compete in three legs, with the leading two teams at the end of the series playing in the World First Singapore Schools Sevens Under-14 Series Championship final at the National Stadium on April 17.

The winner of each leg will earn 10 points, while the runner-up and second runner-up will earn eight and six points respectively.

St Andrews Secondary student Mikail Yue, 14, said: "I have never played three sevens tournaments back-to-back over three weekends so it will be an interesting challenge."

Raffles Institution rugby teacher-in-charge and former national sevens player Romi Musa added: "Sevens rugby is about creativity and individual skills and I'm sure the boys will have lots of fun being able to play on both weekends of the upcoming March school holidays.

"In this series, our boys will get a chance to play against more than 10 schools. Sevens rugby is fast-paced and with only seven minutes per half, anything can happen, so it will be a stern test for the boys."

"We are delighted to have UK money-broker World First to sponsor the first-ever Singapore Schools sevens series," said George Danapal, the Singapore Rugby Union's general manager. "Having a sevens series in the first half of the year provides Under-14 players with valuable game time and hence prepares them for the 15-a-side season in July.

"Sevens rugby focuses quite a bit on individual skills like passing, evasive running and tackling, thereby increasing the skill levels of the individual player. With three legs to play, players have the opportunity to garner more game-time exposure and work on their team work."

The three-leg competition will be held at the National University of Singapore Sports Stadium on March 12 and 19, and April 2.

A two-day season pass for youths between 12 and 18 years at the HSBC World Rugby Singapore Sevens is priced at $75 for Category One (fixed seating), $65 for Category Two (free seating) and $25 for Category Three.

For kids under 12, a season pass costs $2 for both Category Two and Category Three.