S. African side to vie for crown

After a three-year absence, South Africa will make a return to the Societe Generale Singapore Cricket Club (SCC) International Rugby Sevens tournament at the Padang from Oct 30 to Nov 1.

A South African team will be looking to replicate the success of their predecessors, the Vipers, who were three-time champions of Asia's oldest rugby sevens competition, which is into its 68th edition this year.

The Vipers had won the Ablitt Cup from 2007 to 2009, and lost a nail-biting 2010 final to HSBC Penguins in extra time - the last time they took part in the annual competition.

The new South African team can expect stiff competition, with 24 teams from around the world vying for the Cup, including developmental squads from rugby powerhouse nations such as England, France and Italy.

These developmental teams will be using the SCC Sevens as a training platform ahead of the upcoming international Sevens World Series, which will make a stop in Singapore next year.

Last year, Malaysian side Borneo Eagles impressed en route to lifting the Ablitt Cup for the first time. They will be back to defend their title.

Singapore will be represented by two teams: The Singapore National Team and the SCC.

Rugby fever is expected to reach a high during the competition weekend, as the event coincides with the Rugby World Cup final on Oct 31.

Tickets for the competition are now on sale at www.sistic.com.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 13, 2015, with the headline 'S. African side to vie for crown'. Print Edition | Subscribe