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St. Andrews Under-14 boys rugby sevens team celebrate after winning the Singapore Schools Under-14 rugby sevens series last year (Photo Credit: Singapore Rugby Union)

St. Andrews Under-14 boys rugby sevens team celebrate after winning the Singapore Schools Under-14 rugby sevens series last year (Photo Credit: Singapore Rugby Union)

The best club players across Asia and the brightest under-14 local rugby talents will take part in three ancillary competitions in the lead up to the HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens, which takes place on 28-29 April at the Singapore National Stadium.

Following on from last year’s successful staging, the Regional Midnight Club 10s featuring eight men’s and eight women’s teams from rugby clubs across Asia will be held starting 7 p.m. on Apr. 27 until to 2 a.m. on Apr. 28 at Turf City.

The finalists of the women’s tournament will be rewarded with a chance-of-a-lifetime opportunity to play in front of potentially 55,000 people at the National Stadium on the Saturday of the Singapore Sevens.

The winning teams will take home cash prizes of SGD4,000 while the runners-up will pocket SGD1,000.

“I look forward to participating in the midnight tournament ahead of the HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens. The arrival of the Singapore Sevens has energized the rugby community in Singapore and across Southeast Asia. To have these fringe tournaments around it not only give players like me a great opportunity to play against strong competition, it brings all of us liked-minded athletes together in our National Stadium, watching the pinnacle of our sport unfold right in front of our eyes. It is exciting news to learn that SRU is going to bid to host a stop of the women’s world series too, this will inspire the future generation of players,” said Alvinia Ow Yong, Singapore National Women’s 7s’ team captain representing Blacks RFC.

Titans Ruck & Rumble 10s will include Under-8 and Under 10 boys tournaments and a girls' competition. (Photo credit: Singapore Rugby Union)

Titans Ruck & Rumble 10s will include Under-8 and Under 10 boys tournaments and a girls’ competition. (Photo credit: Singapore Rugby Union)

The most talented young rugby players in the under-14 age group will also be battling it out for an opportunity to play on the biggest stage of all in the annual Singapore Schools Sevens Series. Twelve teams will battle it out over two legs – Mar. 17 and Apr. 7 with the top two teams contesting the final at the National Stadium on Sunday Apr. 29 before the latter stages of the Singapore Sevens gets underway.

Fans attending this year’s HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens can look forward to an exciting, six-week Singapore Rugby Carnival in the lead up to the two-day extravaganza on Apr. 28 and 29. Ticket holders can enjoy promotional offers at dozens of venues across the city with discounts and benefits covering a wide range of offerings from eateries to retail outlets, entertainment hot spots and tourist attractions from now until Apr. 30.

In addition, rugby-themed activations will make their way around the Lion City to offer members of the public a taste of the sport and enjoy an array of fun activities, buy discounted tickets, redeem for existing tickets, and a chance to meet rugby legends and celebrities.

HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens, International Sports Event of the Year at the Singapore Sports Awards in 2016, stop 8 of the 10-leg HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. 16 of the world’s top teams will be in town, including defending champion Canada, as well as the traditional powerhouses Fiji, New Zealand, South Africa, and Australia.

Kenya were surprised first-time winners of the HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens in 2016. The 2017 final was an all North American affair as Canada beat the United States 26-19 in a pulsating final.

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