Into the fourth year as host of the HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens – and with another four to follow – Singapore remains the destination to “Rock, Ruck and Rumble”.
Since Singapore returned to the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in 2016, it hasn’t taken long at all for the Southeast Asian country to establish itself as one of the most colourful and vibrant legs of the calendar.
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Of course, there has been plenty of drama and action – even history-making – on the field with the 2016 edition seeing Kenya claiming a maiden title, before their achievement was emulated by another first-time champion in Canada 12 months later.
Last year, the Singapore Sevens produced a real thriller in the final 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.
But more than just being a sporting spectacle graced by some of the world’s best players, the event has also grown into a bona fide carnival for anyone who wants a weekend of “Rock, Ruck and Rumble”, regardless of whether you are a fan of the sport.
For the week that the Rugby Sevens circus rolls into town, the Singapore Sports Hub is transformed into – well, a circus – designed to engage everyone from young to old, befitting of the event’s billing as the “Family Sevens”.
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While the adults get thrilled by excitement machines such as Carlin Isles and Dan Norton charging towards the try line, the children can look forward to meeting their favourite characters from Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Trolls, with DreamWorks headlining the array of family entertainment.
Also, there will be stage performances, face and body painting, and arts and crafts at “KidZone”, while the Kid’s Drop-off (Gate 18) will have families with young children covered.
If music happens to be your thing, Day 1 of the Singapore Sevens will feature multi-platinum American band Smash Mouth, known for hits such as “All Star”, “I’m A Believer” and “Walkin’ On the Sun”, performing on Saturday afternoon, before Broadway’s Rock of Ages Band take their turn on Sunday, ensuring a throwback for those born in the eighties as they relive their days banging their heads to glam rock.
And it isn’t just the immediate vicinity that gets soaked in the atmosphere, with some of Singapore’s more famous entertainment districts and nightspots noticeably livelier than usual, as the vibrancy spills over from the Kallang area.
The carnival atmosphere continues as fans converge upon Clarke Quay for “Music After Sevens”, where fans and families can continue the rugby fun and enjoy multiple music performances, food and drinks.
Even better, ticket holders can jump on the free shuttle bus from the stadium directly to Clarke Quay from 7pm onwards.
As the event grows in stature with each passing year, it is now increasingly common to see revellers from abroad make the trip to Singapore just to soak up the atmosphere for a rambunctious weekend.
This weekend, the action descends on the Lion City once more with the HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens 2019 taking place from April 13 to 14.
It’s not too late to get your mates and family over for a weekend for Sevens fun in Singapore.
Even better, Singapore will remain the go-to destination to “Rock, Ruck and Rumble” for the next four years at least!