The penultimate round of the HSBC Sevens World Series takes place at Glasgow’s Scotstoun Stadium on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May and in the build-up to the event rugby fans in Glasgow shared in the excitement when they caught a glimpse of the coveted Series trophy in their local HSBC branch as it tours round Scotland.
With anticipation building for the Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens next month, HSBC ambassador and Scottish rugby legend, Gavin Hastings and Scotland 7s squad member, accompanied the trophy to the Series sponsor HSBC’s Buchanan Street branch and Scotstoun Stadium, which will play host to the world class Sevens action, to meet staff and fans.
The HSBC branch staff got into the spirit of the Sevens by wearing fancy dress as a preview to the great costumes to be expected at this year’s Glasgow Sevens tournament which will have a movie theme.
Speaking from Glasgow, Gavin Hastings commented: “Today has been fantastic in Glasgow. As a big fan of rugby sevens myself I am honoured to be able to accompany this highly sought after trophy to meet other fans across Scotland in the build-up to the Glasgow Sevens. It was great to see the HSBC staff too who donned their best Hollywood fancy dress costumes today in the true fun spirit of the sevens.
“I’ve really enjoyed seeing people come out to catch a glimpse of the trophy today and I hope all my fellow Scots get behind the Scotland Sevens team in Glasgow, which is a crucial tournament for the side in the overall HSBC Sevens World Series standings.”
Interim CEO for HSBC in Scotland, Doug Baikie, added: “HSBC has a long-standing investment in rugby around the world from the pinnacle of the British & Irish Lions Tour and the HSBC Sevens World Series to the thousands of children who are introduced to rugby for the first time through HSBC’s numerous community rugby programmes.
“We are delighted to welcome the Series Trophy to the Glasgow branch today as the Scottish leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series draws closer. It was great to see so many customers and fans turn out to have their picture taken with the trophy and Scottish rugby legend Gavin Hastings.”
The HSBC Sevens World Series is the pinnacle of international sevens rugby and a globally recognised sporting event featuring nine tournaments around the world. The Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens will be crucial this season in deciding which of the current teams will need to re-qualify as core teams next season. Scotland are currently joint 12th with the USA in the Series standings and are close to the danger zone.
Following Glasgow will be the final round of the Series, the Marriott London Sevens on the 11-12 May, where the core teams ranked 13th, 14th and 15th after Glasgow, will play off for three available core team places next season, a scenario every core team wishes to avoid.
The HSBC Sevens World Series trophy tour is visiting four of Scotland’s major cities this week, taking in Glasgow, Dumfries, Edinburgh and Dundee.
HSBC and Rugby
HSBC has a long-standing investment in rugby around the world from the pinnacle of the British & Irish Lions Tour and the HSBC Sevens World Series to the thousands of children who are introduced to rugby for the first time through HSBC’s numerous community rugby programmes.
As the first ever title sponsor of the IRB’s premier Sevens Series, title sponsor of the Asian 5 Nations and the first ever Principal Partner to renew their sponsorship of the Lions, HSBC is perfectly positioned in their commitment to the continuing growth of the game.
These sponsorships, amongst other more localised rugby partnerships, will allow HSBC to continue building long lasting relationships with its key stakeholders and also allow HSBC to further engage and motivate its employees and the internal audience.
Over the coming years, HSBC is dedicated to the international growth of the game from grassroots to the top flight, helping rugby to achieve its true potential of bringing together different people from different cultures through a shared love of the game.
HSBC has a long association with the sport of rugby around the world.