Rugby heroes back in town

New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams trying to break away from Canada's Pat Kay. New Zealand beat Canada 24-17 on Day 1 of the HSBC Sevens series in Singapore yesterday. This pair dressed as Batman and Superman were among the 23,000 enthusiastic rugby f
This pair dressed as Batman and Superman were among the 23,000 enthusiastic rugby fans at the Sports Hub to catch the action at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens tournament yesterday.ST PHOTOS: LIM SIN THAI
New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams trying to break away from Canada's Pat Kay. New Zealand beat Canada 24-17 on Day 1 of the HSBC Sevens series in Singapore yesterday. This pair dressed as Batman and Superman were among the 23,000 enthusiastic rugby f
New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams trying to break away from Canada's Pat Kay. New Zealand beat Canada 24-17 on Day 1 of the HSBC Sevens series in Singapore yesterdayST PHOTOS: LIM SIN THAI

After a 10-year hiatus, sevens rugby made its Singapore comeback yesterday, attracting 23,000 fans to the Sports Hub, many in colourful attire. From the Village People to Batman and Superman, they all descended on Kallang for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens tournament.

But ultimately, it was those on the pitch who got the most attention. France pulled off the surprise of the day by beating New Zealand 24-0. But the All Blacks recovered and will feature in today's last eight.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 17, 2016, with the headline 'Rugby heroes back in town'. Print Edition | Subscribe