Borneo Sevens Rugby Tournament Too Hot to Miss!

Borneo Sevens Rugby Tournament Too Hot to Miss!

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Kota Kinabalu has the honour, once again, of hosting one of the biggest rugby tournaments in Asia called the IRB Borneo Sevens. Held at the Likas Stadium from 23rd until 25th of September 2011, the tournament features thrilling 7-a-side rugby games between the top rugby nations in Asia including Japan, Korea, China, Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong, India, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia.


The tournament is organized by the IRB (International Rugby Board) and the Asian nations compete in the tournament to earn ranking points so that they can qualify for the prestigious Hong Kong Sevens, which is part of the World Sevens Series.

With a good crowd in a big stadium, and plenty of food and drinks on offer it should quite literally be a mouth-watering event. Certainly for local rugby lovers this is one of the year’s most highly anticipated tournaments, but even for those who are not familiar with rugby it is an exciting event featuring international teams.

For all the single ladies out there, there is also much to appreciate. If you happen to have been in Manila recently you may have noticed that the giant billboard ads showing some hunky members of the Philippine national rugby team wearing briefs. The ads made Manila traffic just a bit more bearable for females, but were too “racey” for the mayor who had them removed!

Admirable physiques aside, you will discover that rugby is a dynamic, all-action sport. It is tough but not violent, and relies on skills, fitness, speed, agility and intelligence.

It is important to note that the 7-a-side rugby is different from the 15-a-side rugby that is currently being featured at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. In “sevens rugby” there are only 7 players on each side and a match is 7 minutes x2 halves. This format makes it possible to play an entire tournament in just 2 days, and it is the format that has now been adopted as an Olympic sport, set to feature for the first time in the Brazil 2016 Olympics.

In previous years the IRB Borneo Sevens also featured a tournament for clubs (separately from the national teams), which attracted club teams from all around Malaysia and also as far and wide as England, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.  Unfortunately, this year there will be no club category, which means our local clubs, such as the Borneo Eagles and the Sabah Warriors Rugby Club, will only come as a spectators.  However, local teams are hoping to participate in next year’s tournament!

Here are more news about the Borneo Sevens:-
Asian Sevens Showdown in Borneo – ESPNstar.com

Borneo Sevens – Round 2, HSBC Asian Sevens Series

Pool A
Korea
China
Thailand
Sri Lanka

Pool B
Hong Kong
Malaysia
Chinese Taipei
Brunei

Pool C
Japan
Kazakhstan
Philippines
United Arab Emirates

Cross-regional women’s Sevens

Running alongside the men’s competition, the Borneo Sevens will feature a combined Asia / Oceania women’s Sevens tournament and a Malaysian Schools Sevens tournament.

The women’s tournament will begin on Friday 23 September.

HSBC Asian Sevens Series 2011
Aug 27–28, Shanghai Sevens, Yuanshen Stadium, Shanghai, China (winner – Korea)
Sep 24 – 25, Borneo Sevens, Likas Stadium, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Nov 12 – 13, Thailand Sevens, Bangkok
Nov 19 – 20, India Sevens, Goa

Borneo Sevens – men’s teams: Brunei, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United Arab Emirates.

ARFU-FORU women’s Sevens teams: China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore (ARFU); Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga (FORU)

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