Rugby: Singapore Sevens all set for an explosive rugby week next year

Singapore national women's rugby team in action during the HSBC World Rugby Singapore Sevens held in April 2016.
Singapore national women's rugby team in action during the HSBC World Rugby Singapore Sevens held in April 2016. PHOTO: DAVID ASH

Expect next year's HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens tournament week to be bigger and louder after organisers Rugby Singapore announced several changes for the April 15-16 event yesterday.

Taking advantage of the long weekend (Good Friday falls on April 14), there are plans to host a "Midnight 7s" women's tournament with 12 to 16 local and regional rugby clubs in days leading up to the Singapore Sevens.

The matches will run from 9pm to 3am on consecutive nights (Thursday and Friday).

The venue has yet to be determined but there will be a party atmosphere with music, food and drinks, Rugby Singapore chairman Low Teo Ping told The Straits Times.

"We wanted to create a more vibrant rugby week, give a bit more variety and colour," he said. "It should be a festival of rugby for that entire week."

  • Early-bird ticket sales

  • 2017 HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens

    Category 1 (free-seating): $120 (adult), $52 (youth, age 12-18, or child, below 12)

    Category 2 (free-seating, level 4): $40 (adult), $20 (youth), $2 (child)

    Platinum (reserved seating with food and beverages, level 3): $300

    Premium (reserved seating, level 3): $200

    Family package (Cat 1 tickets for two adults, two youth/children): $260

    Early-bird sales start from 10am, tomorrow until Dec 31.

This year's Singapore Sevens made a much-anticipated return to the local sporting calendar after a decade. It was the first of a four-year deal with World Rugby to host a leg of the prestigious HSBC Sevens World Series.

Sixteen world-class teams, including powerhouses Fiji, South Africa and New Zealand - with All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams in tow - competed at the National Stadium.

A record crowd of 27,370 watched as Kenya defeated eventual series champions Fiji 30-7 in the final.

Next year's matches will start at 11am, two hours later than this year's edition, to allow more fans to catch the earlier games.

Ticket prices have also been kept affordable, said Low, who is the Singapore Rugby Union president.

Early-bird tickets go on sale from 10am tomorrow and cost as little as $2 for children under the age of 12.

The family package (Category 1 free-seating) comprises two-day passes for two adults and two youth/children at $260. This deal, albeit with reserved seating, previously cost $405.

The pre-sale period is from Oct 15 to Dec 31. All prices include GST and exclude booking fees and can be purchased at singapore7s.sg.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 14, 2016, with the headline 'Singapore Sevens all set for an explosive rugby week next year'. Print Edition | Subscribe