Formula 1 done for another year, traffic back to normal, couch-surfers delivered back to Changi – so what’s next, Singapore? Only Singapore Cricket Club’s 66th International Rugby Sevens Tournament at the Padang from 1 to 3 November 2013, with a line-up of 20 teams from the world’s biggest rugby nations.
In previous years we’ve spotted the likes of Jonah Lomu, Tana Umaga and Cecil Afrika at the event, and this year we’ll be able to add a few more big names to our bucket list of rugby stars.
National development squads from France and Kenya will be joining Auckland Rugby Union (the team know a thing or two about the game having just recently nabbed the runner-up spot at Twickenham’s inaugural World Cup 7s). Orene Ai’I, the former International Rugby Board World Sevens Player of the Year, will lead the side, which has bred more than a few All Blacks in its past.
There are also rumours of an appearance from the newest signing for the Auckland Blues and former New Zealand Rugby League Captain Benji Marshall. We reckon fans would willingly swap their firstborn to see the former schoolboy touch football sensation Marshall on the Padang pitch, so we’ll keep you posted.
All Black Rene Ranger will also be there, no doubt providing a hefty dose of suspense to the game with his rampaging runs or trademark big defence. Rene is set to make an appearance with the Northland Club – one of the top teams in New Zealand’s provincial competition – who will look to better last year’s quarter-final performance.
Returning will be Australia’s Palmyra from Western Australia who will make their 31st appearance and Casuarina Cougars from Darwin for their 30th year, but all eyes will be on Fiji’s Daveta – tournament winners for the past two years. Made up predominantly of the Fijian national team, the side has entertained local fans with beautiful attacking rugby for over 20 years, and will no doubt be hoping to bag a hat-trick of SCC 7s titles and take home the Ablitt Cup – the winner’s trophy named after Bernard Ablitt, President of the Singapore Cricket Club from 1938-1939 – once more.
And let’s not forget the many stars of the Singapore national team in Singapore Cricket Club’s home side. They recently clinched the Division 2 championship in the HSBC Asian 5 Nations, so let’s back our boys.
You won’t need to fly in granny and grandpa to babysit while you’re at this year’s event either – off the field, there’ll be plenty of kids entertainment and special ticket packages for families. Visit www.scc7s.com/index.php/sccrugby7s-home for more information or book your tickets now at ticketbooth.com.sg.