Tickets are now on sale for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Russia and tournament organisers believe that the winning blend of an attractive programme, world-class men's and women's Sevens and the very best of Russian hospitality and culture will make it one of the must-see events of the year.
Scotland 7s secured their place in the tournament back in July and now look forward to a jam-packed season of action with nine HSBC Sevens World Series tournaments, including the penultimate leg in Glasgow (on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May 2013), and a Rugby World Cup to top-off the year.
Scotland 7s captain, Colin Gregor, said: “The Sevens Rugby World Cup is the pinnacle of the sevens calendar. We have a full season of series events which we will use to build towards the World Cup and hopefully we will peak next June in Moscow.
“After an inspiring Olympics and knowing that sevens will be in the games in 2016, and we have a home Commonwealth Games in 2014, it is a hugely exciting time for the game. Every country is investing and developing the game and it’s becoming more and more competitive.
I was involved in the 2005 World Cup in Hong Kong and the 2009 tournament in Dubai and I really enjoyed it, so given the increased competition and because it is in Moscow, a place with a very different but rich history and culture, this is certainly going to be a brilliant tournament.
Tickets are available at www.rwcsevens.com and are priced from just £3 for a day ticket and £8 for a three-day pass as the Rugby Union of Russia look to attract new fans to a sport that has already started to capture hearts and minds within a sports-mad country where Olympic sports reign supreme.
The event, hosted at the iconic Luzhniki Olympic Park in Moscow from Friday 28 through to Sunday 30 June, aims to take the Sevens experience a step further with a cultural, music and food festival set to provide an additional dimension to a sport that is globally renowned for its high-quality entertainment on and off the field of play.
The tournament will bring together the world's top 24 men's and 16 women's teams for three days of intense competition spread across two venues. With Rugby Sevens making its Olympic Games debut in 2016, the sport has never enjoyed such a prominent global spotlight as it continues to grow beyond the traditional Rugby heartlands.
It is expected that competitive travel, visa and hotel packages for international visitors from official operators will attract thousands of fans from the competing teams. Details of those packages will be available in due course from the IRB.
Scottish Rugby works in partnership with sportscotland, the national agency for sport. In 2011, sportscotland invested a total of £156,000 of National Lottery funding into Scottish Rugby’s 7s programme. sportscotland also supports Scottish Rugby 7s by providing high performance expertise through its institute network.
The HSBC Sevens World Series is a globally recognised event featuring 16 international teams and visiting cities across the world. The Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s joins The Gold Coast, Dubai, Port Elizabeth, Wellington, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and London in hosting the competition between 2012 and 2014. Tickets for the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s are available from www.glasgow7s.com/buy-tickets.