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07 October, 2015

Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens 2015 Teams Announced

Now in its 46th year, the organisers of the long-awaited three-day annual rugby event have announced the 16 teams in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and the 12 teams in the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series which will be taking part in the annual Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens on 3-5 December at The Sevens Stadium.

 The Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens 2015 carries added significance with teams competing in the Series having either already qualified, or playing to qualify for their Sevens debut at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016. The 2015-16 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series teams are: 2014-15 World Series Champions, Fiji, 2014-15 Dubai Champions, South Africa, and recently qualified Russia along with Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, France, Kenya, New Zealand, Portugal, Samoa, Scotland, USA, Wales and one other team to be confirmed following the Asian Rugby Sevens Series. 

 The Dubai event is the first leg of the extended ten-leg HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series with Cape Town, Sydney, Singapore, Vancouver and Paris as new additions to the circuit and Wellington, Hong Kong and Las Vegas continuing on from the previous four-year Series, with the final round being played in London on 21-22 May 2016.

 With the event achieving year-on-year record attendances, this year is set to be the biggest action-packed rugby festival Dubai has ever seen. Over 100,000 fans and 4,000 players, including some of the world’s best expected to compete as excitement for the Rio Olympic Games builds. An array of top-of-the-range international fifteens players will participate in this year’s tournament in a bid to realise their Olympic dream.

 Dubai will be hosting the first round of the six-leg HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series again, with the following teams securing a place: defending Series champions and Dubai winners New Zealand along with Ireland who have recently qualified, being joined by Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Japan, Russia, Spain and USA for this exciting Dubai event.

 In addition, over 250 teams will be taking part in the Invitation Tournament attracting a number of international men and women players as well as under 19s, Emiratis, social and veteran teams. Brand new to this year’s Invitation Tournament is the launch of the Netball Tournament, with over 32 teams confirmed from the Gulf region battling it out on the Netball courts will make this the biggest Invitation Tournament to date.

 As part of the celebration, a range of new and exciting concepts will be on offer at the festival to ensure the greatest three-day festival to date. Spectators are encouraged to come in fancy dress and enjoy all the entertainment on offer in the Rugby Village. With provisions made for families such as the dedicated dnata family stand, child care services and activities, the Rugby Sevens is a fantastic family day out.

 “As the sporting event of the year we continually strive to make the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens bigger and better each year and the 2015 tournament will see some of the most exciting concepts to date. The Netball Tournament has already created a real stir and we believe this is something we can build on internationally next year. We have seen a huge rise in levels of players taking part year-on-year and this is something that attracts fans from all over the world making this one of the greatest sporting events in the country”, said Donal Kilalea, Tournament Commercial and Operations Manager.

 Tickets for the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens 2015 can be purchased online at www.dubairugby7s.com or at selected Costa, MMI, Go Sport and dnata outlets, Bidi Bondi, The Sevens Stadium and Park n Shop.

 Visitors to the event also have the option of reserving their seats. Reserved seating, premium seating and corporate hospitality packages are available through the official website.

 Ticket Prices are:

  • Thursday, 3 December  - FREE ADMISSION
  • Friday, 4 December - in advance AED300, on the day AED400
  • Saturday, 5 December - in advance AED300, on the day AED400
  • Season Tickets (Friday and Saturday) - in advance AED500, on the day AED600

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