The Sevens

Kyara scores but Moore's mind is on Sevens fun

Even winning the major prize of the day did nothing to assuage John Moore's disappointment at being at Sha Tin yesterday instead of at the Hong Kong Stadium for the Hong Kong Sevens, and he used the occasion as an ad hoc soap box.

Monday, 26 March, 2012, 12:00am

Ardent fan just keeps coming back

Professor Judith Mackay, OBE (and ardent Sevens fan), does not look like your average radical. She has been an anti-smoking activist and was offered 24-hour protection by the Hong Kong police due to her beliefs.

26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Volcanoes playing for Pinoy pride

Some Tagalog words have made their mark in the English language, one of the more notable ones being 'boondocks' (bundok in the original), which means a place far from civilisation, a word popularised by the American military.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Missing: teeth, dignity, cow...

'I've lost my voice plenty of times and had several cases of 'Wan Chai throat', the affliction you get from too many late nights in the bars after the stadium. In my worst case all I could manage were croaking sounds in a Monday morning business negotiation.'

Chris Helm, Managing director, Advanced African Solutions (southern Africa and northern Virginia)

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Altogether now ... music to our ears

'Everybody likes Chumbawamba, but when it gets to the end of the Sevens and it gets dark my favourite musical moment has to be the operatic strains of Andrea Bocelli singing Con te Partiro. Yes, I know some people associate it with Will Ferrell in Step Brothers, but if you're Irish like me, it's a total disaster by then.

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Win tickets to the after-Sevens party

The Hong Kong Sevens is still more than a month away, but excitement is already mounting. The three-day rugby extravaganza-cum-carnival takes place from March 23 to 25 at the Hong Kong Stadium.

7 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Union's Sevens cut gives the game away

Save any tears you might want to shed for the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens, whose organisers have cut the number of public tickets available for one of the 'world's 10 best sporting events' (as a letter writer to this newspaper called it).

12 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Rugby fans in despair as tickets prove to be fakes

At least 50 rugby fans were refused entry to the Hong Kong Sevens last night after the tickets they bought over the internet proved to be fake.

The discovery sparked fears that many more counterfeit tickets could turn up, as Friday night at the Sevens is always the quietest, while the 40,000-seater stadium is expected to be full today and tomorrow.

26 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Aussies have Luck on their side, on and off field

It might be tradition to boo them every year, but Australians are starting to make their presence felt in Hong Kong off the pitch. It is estimated that Hong Kong is home to 60,000 Australian passport holders (Only the United Kingdom is home to more Australians living abroad). And Australia's official presence in Hong Kong is Consul General Les Luck.

28 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Rival tribes find common ground in South Stand to rally loud and proud

The rugby tribe went loud and proud in the South Stand. 'We're all just part of the great tribe that is rugby,' said Jordan Smiler, caught with some mates from the Penguins tens team mingling with some 'bros' from the Samurai tens squad.

28 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Helen has Welsh flying (and wearing) the flag

'The Welsh are not quite as big on self expression as the Scots or the Irish, but when we're winning, we sure like to tell people about it,' said one Welsh wag this week. Helen Roberts was not exactly shy in holding back her rugby loyalty, whether they were winning or not wearing a dress she'd designed herself.

30 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Coochie's travellers always have time for Stanley Market visit

The Sevens is an annual pilgrimage for former England and Bath prop Gareth Chilcott.

'Coochie', as he is more affectionately known, works for rugby tour operator Gullivers and has been heading to Hong Kong for 20 of the 28 years Gullivers has been bringing people to the Sevens.

28 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Bunnygirls just want to have fun

Hong Kong International School students Michelle Timmermans and Sarah-Jane Raines were turning more than a few heads.

And 16-year-old Timmermans - who moved to Hong Kong from Sweden 18 months ago - said the blonde wigs and bunny tails were meant to do exactly that.

28 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Rugby sevens squad quietly confident of team success

Rugby will be favourite to walk away with the prize in the 'team only' category, but sevens captain Andrew Chambers is not taking anything for granted.

'We expected to win 12 months ago as we had a very good year, but were blindsided by the dragon dancers,' Chambers said. 'So I won't say for sure we are favourites until we win it.'

15 Feb 2009 - 12:00am


What do you think of the Sevens' security measures?

I refer to the reports on the Hong Kong Sevens ('Sevens fans angry over use of force by guards' and 'Action being taken over reports of violence, say Sevens organisers', April 1 and 2, respectively).

4 Apr 2008 - 12:00am