NEW ZEALAND LIFTS HSBC SINGAPORE RUGBY SEVENS 2023 TROPHY AND QUALIFIES FOR OLYMPICS
Close to 40,000 fans enjoyed epic rugby action and energising fun zones this weekend
Fiji beat Samoa to claim bronze medal
All Blacks Sevens clinch the Champions title at the HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens 2023 at the Singapore Sports Hub’s
SINGAPORE, 9 April 2023 – New Zealand took home the title of champions at the HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens 2023. During an electrifying weekend of spectacular rugby and ecstatic fun zones, the All Blacks Sevens reclaimed the Singapore title they once owned in 2005, with a thrilling 19 - 17 defeat of Argentina. Their undefeated winning streak this weekend also guaranteed their spot at the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympics.
Read the full run-down of today’s matches in the Day 2 match report here and check out the latest series standings here.
[Top left] New Zealand vs. Argentina in the finals. [Top right] Samoa vs. Fiji in the bronze finals.
[Bottom left and right] Fans in the spectator stands during the Day 2 matches.
Over the past two days, close to 40,000 fans enjoyed the fun-filled air and vibrant energy of the Family Sevens that reverberated across the Singapore Sports Hub. Fans cheered their lungs out for their favourite teams, explored the plethora of family-friendly activities at the 100PLUS Promenade, and even jammed out to live performances at OCBC Square. Fans showcased their creativity through costumes with Teletubbies, giant bumblebees, human hot-dogs, Easter bunnies and many more strutting their stuff in the stands.
In addition, as part of the activities, the Titans Ruck and Rumble also saw players of the future having the opportunity to compete on the National Stadium’s world class pitch. In a series of tournaments for under 8s to under 18s we saw young players putting their best boot forward, bringing vigour and power to all their games. Check out the final match results for the Titans’ Ruck and Rumble here.
A Pitch For World-Class and Aspiring Athletes Alike
The rugby action doesn’t end here! Tomorrow, the Singapore Sports Hub’s National Stadium will play host to the National School Games’ B-division rugby finals as St. Andrew’s Secondary School faces Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) to determine the champions.
Quotes from Organisers, Sponsors and Partners
Doug Langley, Head of Sevens Competitions, World Rugby said, “Singapore has built a reputation for spectacular entertainment, on and off the pitch, high-quality hosting facilities and a fantastic party atmosphere around the venue, and this weekend’s HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens has once again met our expectations. Great people make great events, and my heartfelt thanks go to the hosts who have put in a tremendous effort to organise this popular event, including the tournament organisers, staff, and volunteers, who are the heartbeat of the spectacle, and for delivering for our teams and athletes who continue to enjoy competing in this tournament year after year.”
Wong Jee Koo, Chief Executive Officer, HSBC said “It was a pleasure to see the HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens make a comeback in its full colours this year. Even after a short-break from the Hong Kong leg last week, the teams put up an impressive high adrenaline action-packed tournament. The ‘Family Sevens’ lived up to its name and gave people the opportunity to enjoy world-class rugby action with fun activities for the whole family. This event creates opportunities for fans, players and the community in Singapore to enjoy the world’s best rugby action. We congratulate the New Zealand team which came out on top. All the best to the teams and World Rugby for the next leg at HSBC France Sevens in May!”
Roy Teo, Chief, Industry Development, Technology and Innovation Group, Sport Singapore said, “Since 2002, the Singapore leg of the World Rugby Sevens series has gained a reputation for delivering experiences that encourage community bonding through sport. This year was no different – apart from the community coming together at the National Stadium in support of their international and regional Sevens teams, the event saw families connecting over parent-child activities. In addition, we hope that bringing in events like HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens to Singapore will not just ignite more interest in the sport locally and inspire the next generation of youth athletes, but also continue to bolster Singapore's place in the sporting world.”
Yazed Osman, Group Head, Events & Placemaking, Singapore Sports Hub said “We have concluded yet another exhilarating weekend at the HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens with New Zealand clinching the Cup. Dubbed ‘Family Sevens’, fans from all across the world were treated to epic rugby action, exciting activities, gastronomical delights, and energetic entertainment at the iconic Singapore Sports Hub. This is the first international sporting event at the National Stadium this year and we look forward to hosting more of such marquee sporting events for our fans to continue fuelling passion within our local sports community and budding athletes.”
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