HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens: Where drama and history beckon again in 2019

The HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens is back once again and promises to deliver more thrills and spills on April 13 to 14, 2019.

Since Singapore returned as a host of the World Rugby Sevens Series in 2016, there has been no shortage of drama and excitement on offer at the Singapore Sports Hub.

More of the same can be expected when the world’s most exciting players descend once again on the Lion City to deliver another exhilarating spectacle for the fourth year running.

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As ever, there is plenty at stake with United States currently leading the series on 130 points but with Fiji (123) and New Zealand (118) within touching distance, with only two legs remaining after Singapore.

But, perhaps the biggest reason for fans to turn up is the fact that the National Stadium has been the venue where history has been made twice in the past three years.

Back in 2016, Kenya created waves by claiming their maiden series victory, as they stunned Fiji 30-7 in the final to become the first side from their continent – other than perennial heavyweights South Africa – to achieve such a feat.

12 months later, it was Canada’s turn to break new ground as they emerged triumphant in Singapore with a 26-19 win over United States in the decider, claiming their first-ever crown in the 18-year history of the series.

Then, in last year’s tournament, the history-making was replaced by sheer drama as Fiji trailed Australia with effectively no time left on the clock and 90 metres between them and the try line, before Alasio Sovita Naduva embarked on a blistering run that carved the entire opposition defence apart en route to sealing a last-gasp 28-22 win.

This weekend, the Singapore Sports Hub once again transforms into a cauldron of excitement and not just for fans of the sport but everyone from young to old – with the Singapore Sevens billed as the “Family Sevens”.

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Nonetheless, the main attraction will always be the action on the field.

And, if the past three editions are anything to go by, those turning up at the Singapore Sports Hub this weekend can expect drama and history in the making.

Maybe even both.

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