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Exciting 3 Days For Fans

Over 95,000 fans are expected to attend the three days of pulsating action at the Rugby World Cup Sevens at AT&T Park in San Francisco this weekend. Ahead of a
21 Jul 2018 10:48
Exciting 3 Days For Fans
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s captain Seremaia Tuwai leading the team during the opening ceremony in San Francisco on July 20, 2018. Photo: Leone Cabenatabua

Over 95,000 fans are expected to attend the three days of pulsating action at the Rugby World Cup Sevens at AT&T Park in San Francisco this weekend.

Ahead of a mouth-watering weekend, USA men’s captain Madison Hughes admits they’ll be aiming to inspire the crowd with their performances.

“Having the opportunity to play in the mar­quee sevens event here in the US is just so exciting. Hopefully we can do well, put in a good performance so those new to rugby can get really excited about it,” he said.

Meanwhile, reigning Rugby World Cup Sev­ens champions in both the men’s and wom­en’s events, New Zealand, will be looking to retain their crowns in San Francisco.

“Winning the last Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow 2013 was a pretty special moment – we were all extremely inexperienced. It was incredible to take a Rugby World Cup home and a title that we’d never won before. It’s definitely going to give us extra motiva­tion to do the same again here in San Fran­cisco,” said Sarah Goss, New Zealand wom­en’s captain.

“It’s going to be extremely tough with the knock-out format and the high quality of teams, but I have full confidence in the girls and the way we’ve been performing over the last few months. We’re just really excited to start playing on Friday and we’re extremely hungry to defend our title and take another Rugby World Cup Sevens home to New Zea­land.”

New Zealand men’s captain Scott Curry added: “It’s awesome to be here in San Fran­cisco. To be playing at AT&T Park in a base­ball stadium is pretty unique and I’m sure the atmosphere is going to be electric. We’ve had a good week building up to the compe­tition, we’ve trained really well and we’re looking forward to the weekend. It’s going to be a tough task to defend our title and as it’s a knock-out format we’ll be focusing on one game at a time.”

South Africa and Australia will enter the men’s and women’s competitions respec­tively in good form after claiming the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series titles last month, with Blitzboks captain Philip Snyman look­ing forward to the challenge.

“Everybody is focusing on the Rugby World Cup Sevens, it’s an interesting new format with knock-out stages from the start mean­ing you have to be at your best from the get go and get out of the blocks as quickly as possible. Where the World Series was a mar­athon, this is more like a one hundred metre sprint,” he said.

“We can take a lot of confidence from our performance in Paris and we’ve had a boost with a couple of players returning from in­jury so we’re really happy with where the squad is at the moment. Playing in San Fran­cisco is a dream come true and playing in a baseball stadium is really interesting. Rugby is growing fast in America and we’re looking forward to a wonderful weekend of sevens.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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