Big sponsors of a big event attract the big names

PUBLISHED : Monday, 31 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 31 March, 2008, 12:00am

As one of the two main sponsors of the Sevens, it stands to reason you will have some high-profile guests.

Spotted in the Credit Suisse box were Hong Kong Stock Exchange chairman Ronald Arculli, Credit Suisse Investment Bank chief Paul Calello and former British prime minister John Major.

'I have been working with Credit Suisse as an adviser for eight years, and it's been a highly enjoyable relationship,' said Major. 'Credit Suisse hosts an Asian investment conference every year around the time of the Sevens and coming to watch some great games of rugby is a wonderful adjunct to that. The Sevens gets better every year.

'I typically look forward to a dinner with the English team when I arrive in Hong Kong. However, this year my schedule did not permit that.'

When asked how politics compared with the Sevens, Major said: 'This is a lot more fun than politics.'