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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 February, 2014, 7:27pm


LATINO-CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL NIGHT Celebrating their debut at the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens, North American and Caribbean champions Guyana are joined by Latin American powerhouses Uruguay and they're sure to celebrate in style. What: It will be a festive night with Brazilian carnival dancers, Caribbean snacks/music, a team fashion show, 'i-capture' photo booth, bid 'n' strip live auction and raffle draw (with great prizes including passes to the Sevens). All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Guyana Rugby Football Union youth development programme and the Uruguay Rugby Football Union. Sponsored by David Sarju, KEP-STAR Caribbean, The Powder Room. Supported by HKLCEC. Who: The Uruguay and Guyana teams and their fans. Where: Play Club, 1/F, On Hing Building, 1 On Hing Terrace, Central. When: Wednesday, March 21, 7pm-10pm. How much: HK$380 (advance); HK$450 (at the door). How: Purchase and collect your tickets in advance by contacting Nicole on 9215-7403 (e-mail: or April on 9369-8900 (e-mail: How many: Around 500. FILIPINOS LOVE TO PARTY, TOO The Filipino community around the world knows how to celebrate, and they will be doing just that to mark their debut at the Sevens. The Volcanoes will be erupting in full festive force with their local supporters. What: Drinks and nibbles organised by the Philippines Association of Hong Kong, the Philippine consulate and the Philippines Rugby Football Union. Who: The Volcanoes and members of Hong Kong's Filipino community. Where: Grappa's Cellar, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central. When: Wednesday, March 21, 6pm-9pm. How much: HK$250 (at the door). How: Just turn up, or for more info e-mail: How many: Limited to around 200. JP MORGAN LEIGHTON ASIA HKCC SEVENS DINNER The Hong Kong Cricket Club's rugby section is known to like a party and this annual fixture never disappoints. Get things started on the eve of the tournament in the company of two rugby legends. What: Food and drinks, black tie or national costume. Who: Tana Umaga and Steve Thompson plus the HKCC's rugby team and supporters, all welcome. Where: Aberdeen Marina Club. When: Thursday, March 22, 7.45pm-midnight. How much: HK$1,150 per ticket or table of 12 for $13,500. How: E-mail: How many: Around 300. A GATHERING OF THE CLANS With streets in Hong Kong named Cameron St, Elgin St and Macdonnell Road it's clear there's always been a healthy Scottish contingent here. This annual event draws them out of the woodwork, some in clan tartan and kilt, keen for the chance to shake their sporrans. What: Drinks and nibbles. Who: The Scotland team, the St Andrew's Society members and their friends (not open to the public). Where: Jardine Penthouse, 49/F, Jardine House, Central. When: Wednesday, March 21, 7.30pm- 9.30pm. How much: HK$300 How: E-mail:, same e-mail to join. Ordinary members HK$30 per annum, life membership is $2,500. How many: Limited to around 60. SOUTH AFRICA SENSATION In the past, this event has featured speakers such as Kobus Wiese. Although no big-name former Boks are here this year, the chance to win prizes including tickets to South Africa (Hong Kong to Johannesburg, courtesy of South African Airways) is a drawcard. What: Dinner and open bar for four hours. Who: The South African sevens team. Where: Hong Kong Football Club, Sports Road, Happy Valley. When: Wednesday, March 21, 6.30pm-10.30pm. How much: HK$700 per person. How: E-mail: How many: 276. MUNSTER BALL The annual Irish Chamber of Commerce Sevens dinner will be celebrating all things Irish with former Munster and Ireland star Alan Quinlan and guests. The MC will be Mark Meenan, a director of the chamber and former professional player with the Leicester Tigers, Ebbw Vale and the England sevens team. What: Sports personality dinner 2012. Who: Quinlan and guest stars. Where: Hong Kong Sevens Village, opposite Hong Kong Stadium. When: Thursday, March 22. How much: HK$1,200 per person. How: E-mail: How many: 300. AFRICAN SAFARI As Africa gets more prominence on the sevens circuit, it's great to have Zimbabwe making their presence felt in Hong Kong. What: Cash bar and snacks. Prizes in lucky draw to raise funds for the Zimbabwe Rugby Academy. Who: Drinks with the Cheetahs, the Zimbabwe team. Where: Delaneys, 1/F, 18 Luard Road, Wan Chai. When: Tuesday, March 20, 6.30pm-9.30pm. How much: HK$200 per person. How: E-mail: How many: Until Delaney's is packed to the rafters. AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE OI OI OI! No one quite knows why everyone boos the Aussies at the Sevens, but there'll be plenty of good cheer at the Australian Association's annual bash. It will offer the chance to meet Australia's top try scorer this season, Pama Fou, and the rest of the team. What: Canapes and an open bar. Who: Mix with the Aussie team and have the chance to purchase two Sevens tickets in a charity auction. Where: Bisous, 9/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham St, Central. When: Wednesday, March 21, 6.30pm-9.30pm. How much: HK$375 for members, $425 for non-members. How: E-mail: How many: 300. LEEK TO THE PRESS Somewhere in the original Sevens charter it states that a Welsh representative is allowed to plant a leek at the goalposts at the stadium, although this has never happened (as far as we know). What: Poolside barbecue. Who: The Wales squad. Where: Hong Kong Football Club, Sports Road, Happy Valley. When: Wednesday, March 21, from 7pm. How much: Tickets are HK$250 for adults and $150 for children under 11. How: Contact St David's Society secretary Gareth Thomas at: How many: 180. BUDDHA's BACK Unscripted and off the cuff, sports commentary icon Chris 'Buddha' Handy will be running the show at the AustCham (Australian Chamber of Commerce) Commonwealth Bank Australia long lunch. He will be joined by fellow former Wallabies Bill Young and David Campese plus others in an 'old hands' versus 'young guns' competition of skills and wits. The 'young guns' are the Australian team, who are making a special appearance - expect to see a live preview of rugby action on stage. This is the only speaking engagement 'Buddha' is doing in Hong Kong. 'I feel it's important for people living overseas to feel a connection with their nationality, and this is always a good event,' he said. What: The AustCham Commonwealth Bank Rugby Sevens Lunch. Who: The Australia team, Campese, Young and 'Buddha'. Where: Grand Ballroom, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai. When: Thursday, March 22, noon for cocktails, 12.30pm lunch, 3pm close. How much: AustCham members HK$1,388 per person. Individual bookings, $2,000 per person. Corporate table for 10, $16,000. Player table, $18,000. Front row VIP tables, $19,000. How: E-mail or call 2522-5054. How many: Around 500. GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN The legendary Christina Noble Children's Foundation (CNCF) Ladies Long Lunch is in its third year. The 'ladies who like to lunch' come out in droves to get 'pervature of the spine' from ogling rugby-playing eye candy on the catwalk. As well as the male fashion show the ladies also enjoy wine, champagne, auctions and prizes with their lunch. What: CNCF and AsiaXPAT Ladies Long Lunch. Who: In the past, Hong Kong Sevens player Ally Maclay and HSBC Penguins Tens player Jordan Smiler have strutted their buff stuff. This year, the Penguins team return by popular demand to encourage the ladies who like to lunch to dig deep for a good cause. Where: Level 1, Members Stand, Jockey Club, Happy Valley. When: Friday, March 23, 12.30pm-3.30pm. How much: HK$14,300 for table of 13. How: To find out more about CNCF visit or to reserve your place for next year e-mail Ann Chan at: How many: The event has grown from 160 in 2010 to 260 this year. Next year, CNCF is seeking a venue for 400. CURRY, BEER AND BRITISH CHEER Every year this event is a sell-out. Dig out the designated dress code for the night, your favourite rugby shirt. What: Britcham (British Chamber of Commerce) and KPMG annual Sevens dinner. Who: MC is John Bentley, speakers are Andy Nicol, Serge Betsen and the comedy will be delivered by John Moloney. Where: Hong Kong Football Club, Sports Road, Happy Valley. When: Thursday, March 22, right after the Tens, 8pm-midnight. How much: Tables from HK$10,500 for 12 people to $975 for individual seats for non-members. How: E-mail: How many: Maximum 275 guests. CHAMPAGNE DREAMS For the seventh year running, Ironmonger Events is hosting its champagne tent, these days sponsored by Louis Roederer. Mingle with former players and Hong Kong celebs as you down some French bubbly from a champagne house that was established in 1776. What: Louis Roederer Champagne Tent. Where: The Sevens Village, opposite Hong Kong Stadium. Access is through a dedicated entrance on Caroline Hill Road. When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 23-25. How much: HK$300 for the three nights, does not include drinks or food, but includes live band Black Widow and DJs. How: or 2530-2773. How many: 800. THE HELMSEC GLOBAL - VALLEY 7'S LONG LUNCH The Valley 7's Long Lunch has a new sponsor, but has the same winning formula as the past 16 years. Last year, HK$1.8 million was raised for charities, and this year let's hope the largely banking crowd digs deep again. Cracking good rugby humour by a winning selection of speakers. What: Food, drink, humorous speakers. Who: MC is John Bentley. Steve Thompson and Jed Thian will put their spin on the event, as will comedian John Moloney. Where: Sevens Village, opposite Hong Kong Stadium. When: Friday, March 23. Drinks at noon with lunch starting at 12.30pm. How much: Tables range from HK40,000 for a gold table to HKD1,600 for single seats. How: How many: Always one of the biggest events around town, 660 guests confirmed. TRIP THE LIGHT FANTASTIC The Lighthouse Club is an international charity frequented by engineers and those in the construction industry. However, all are welcome at this dinner. What: Lighthouse Club International Gathering. Who: Former England prop Gareth Chilcott will recount some tales. Where: 3/F, Happy Valley Stand, Happy Valley Racecourse. When: Thursday, March 22, 7pm cocktails, 8pm buffet dinner. How much: HK$600 per head, includes buffet dinner, wine, beers, soft drink. How: Telephone 2736-9885 or e-mail: How many: Around 300. CANUCK CANDOUR The Canadians are the single biggest national group in Hong Kong outside Hong Kong Chinese, with over 300,000 living in the city, according to Hong Kong Baptist University research. So no doubt they will go loud and proud at this lunch with their team. What: The Great Canadian Rugby Long Lunch. Who: The Canadian team. Where: Shore, 3/F-4/F, the L Place, 139 Queen's Road Central. When: Thursday, March 22. Noon-3pm and beyond. How much: HK$900 members, $1,000 non-members. How: E-mail: How many: Approximately 100 people. The Canadian team will also visit the Canadian International School today. For details please contact: