Hong Kong Women’s Rugby Sevens Update

The Eagles’ Sevens team is in Hong Kong this weekend for the 2006 Hong Kong Sevens. I’ve posted about it before, but here is the USA Rugby release on the squad.

I did a little bit more digging and found the following from the Hong Kong Rugby Union

Cable & Wireless Hong Kong Women’s Rugby Sevens 2006 Official Tournament Draw
The official tournament draw for the Cable & Wireless Hong Kong Women’s Rugby Sevens 2006 (HKWRS) was held today at The Helena May in Central, Hong Kong. Twelve elite international women’s sevens rugby teams will take part in the ninth Hong Kong Women’s Rugby Sevens, to be held on Friday 31 March and Saturday 1 April 2006 at the Hong Kong Football Club. The Cup Final of the Hong Kong Women’s Rugby Sevens 2006 will be played at the Hong Kong Stadium on Saturday 1 April at 2:54pm as part of the Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens 2006.

2006 Elementary Rugby Training Course (Phase I & Phase 2)Despite pressures on the women’s rugby calendar from the Women’s Rugby World Cup later this year in Canada, the Cable & Wireless Hong Kong Women’s Rugby Sevens 2006 again features a highly competitive mix of national teams and leading club sides from around the world. Defending champions, New Zealand’s Aotearoa Maori, are returning with a goal to maintain New Zealand’s perfect record as tournament champions in each of the eight Hong Kong Women’s Rugby Sevens played to date.

Looking to unseat the Kiwis are last year’s Cup Finalists Australia, as well as national representative teams from the United States and The Netherlands, who have sent their first ever national side to the Hong Kong Women’s Rugby Sevens in 2006. Other contenders include the 2005 Asian Women’s Sevens Champions, Kazakhstan and last year’s Hong Kong Women’s Rugby Sevens Plate runners-up Japan. China, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the hosts the Hong Kong Women’s Sevens team round out the teams at this year’s Tournament, along with a team making its debut at the Hong Kong Women’s Rugby Sevens in 2006, Guam.

The cup final of the Hong Kong Women’s Rugby Sevens will again be played at the Hong Kong Stadium during the Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens, (the final will be held at 2:54pm on Saturday 1 April 2006).

For today’s draw, the 12 participating teams were divided into pools of four. Four teams, (New Zealand, Australia, United States and Kazakhstan) have been seeded based on their past results in the Hong Kong Women’s Rugby Sevens and in recent international women’s sevens competitions.

Defending HKWRS Champions New Zealand are the tournament’s top seed in Pool A, followed by last year’s Cup finalists Australia in Pool B and 2005 HKWRS Plate champions the United States in Pool C. The 2005 Asian Women’s Sevens Champions Kazakhstan is seeded first in Pool D. Following this, the remaining eight teams were drawn at random to complete the tournament pools.

Now in its ninth successful year, the Hong Kong Women’s Rugby Sevens has grown into one of the top annual fixtures in the women’s rugby world, attracting an entertaining and competitive mix of international sides. The tournament is fully supported by the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union, the Asian Rugby Football Union and the International Rugby Board.

Today’s Tournament Draw was fittingly held at the historic Helena May, a legendary institution for women in Hong Kong. The Helena May was established in 1916 to provide for the physical and moral safety of newly emancipated women who were arriving in the Far East in unprecedented numbers. In 1994, the exterior was gazetted as a Historical Building, ensuring its existence for future generations. Today, the Helena May continues to provide a meeting place for women from a wide range of nationalities in Hong Kong.

The 2006 Hong Kong Women’s Rugby Sevens is sponsored by Cable & Wireless. For more information on women’s rugby please visit http://www.hkrugby.com

And then here are the pools and schedule …

Pool A – New Zealand, China, Japan
Pool B – Australia, Singapore, Sri Lanka
Pool C – United States, Thailand, Guam
Pool D – Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Hong Kong

TOURNAMENT DAY ONE
Date: Friday, 31st March 2006
Time: 10:00am-6:00pm Venue: Hong Kong Football Club, Happy Valley

TOURNAMENT DAY TWO
Date: Saturday, 1st April 2006 Time: 9:00am-12:00nn Venue: Hong Kong Football Club, Happy Valley CUP

FINAL
Date: Saturday, 1st April 2006 Time: 2:54pm Venue: Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po

PARTICIPATING TEAMS: Australia Japan Singapore China Kazakhstan Sri Lanka Guam Netherlands Thailand Hong Kong New Zealand United States

Not sure how much it will be updated, but here is the official HK Women’s Rugby results page. The official Hong Kong Rugby Sevens site only features men’s information, not women’s.

More to come …

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