Sydney will be the fourth Australian city to host a leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series when the carnival heads back to these shores on the weekend of 3-5 February 2017.
The Harbour City follows in the rather large footsteps of Brisbane, Adelaide and the Gold Coast as fans of all different cultures and allegiances from across the globe descend on Sydney.
Ballymore Stadium in Brisbane hosted Australia’s first-ever World Series leg in February 2000, the hosts only pipped by a magical try from Fijian legend Waisale Serevi in the dying moments as the Pacific Islanders won the Cup Final.
After a one-year hiatus, Ballymore once again hosted a World Series leg, this time in February 2002. Richard Graham and Cameron Pither were among the try scorers as the Aussies defeated trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand for what is still the green and golds solitary triumph on home soil.
Ballymore hosted a leg once again a year later before the a three-year gap which then saw the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) take the round to Adelaide, hosted at the iconic Adelaide Oval.
It was in South Australia that the event remained for five years (2006-2010) before the Australian leg headed north to Queensland once again and the glitter strip of the Gold Coast. Robina Stadium was home to the Australian leg of the Sevens World Series for four years between 2011-2014, the home side’s best performance being a runners-up berth in October 2013.
The ARU confirmed its decision to move the Sevens to Sydney in March 2015, to be hosted at the 45,500 capacity Allianz Stadium. In 2016, 16 teams played at the inaugural Sydney 7s – Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, USA and Wales, with World Rugby inviting one additional country from the Pacific Islands.
All you need to know about the Sydney Sevens weekend:
|Friday – 3 Feb||Saturday – 4 Feb||Sunday – 5 Feb|
|All games played at Allianz Stadium||Games played at Allianz Stadium and Kippax Field||All games played at Allianz Stadium|
BAR OPENING INFORMATION
The HSBC Sydney 7s is a long weekend of scintillating Rugby Sevens. Make sure you don’t miss a minute by drinking responsibly, staying hydrated, and spending time out of the sun.
|Service Areas||Friday – 3 Feb||Saturday – 4 Feb||Sunday – 5 Feb|
|All Public Service||12:00pm||12:00pm||12:00pm|
|All Members reserve||12:00pm||11:00am||11:00am|
|All Corporate Service||12:00pm||11:00am||11:00am|
|Limited Public service (includes 4 concourse bars and Island bar)||N/A||10:00am
2 Drink Limit
2 Drink Limit
On Saturday 4 February, the Kippax Field will come alive as it plays host to the elimination rounds of the Women’s tournament from 10am.
Get up close and personal and witness the best teams in the world go head-to-head in the Cup Quarter Finals.
Entry to Kippax Field is free and there will be refreshments available, pitch side. It is an alcohol free zone.
The Classic Wallabies will play the Famous Fijians in an exhibition match on Sunday 5 February, kick off at 4.37pm
Some of your favourite faces from yesteryear will dust off their boots, loosen up their aging joints and go flat out for 15 mins in what will surely have the fans on their feet at Allianz Stadium.
The battle between the Captains alone will be mammoth as big Radike Samo who will captain Fiji takes on fellow Fijian Australian Lote Tuqiri who will lead the Classic Wallabies onto the field.
While some may have slowed up a little (Adam Freier and Stephen Hoiles mainly) they still have a passion for the game of Rugby and this game will showcase the comradery between two great Rugby playing nations.
The match is a wonderful initiative between the Classic Wallabies and the Famous Fijians with the match proudly supported by the HSBC Sydney 7s and the Australian Rugby Union.
Check out the team sheets below:
|CLASSIC WALLABIES||FAMOUS FIJIANS|
|Luke Burgess||Waisele Beci|
|Mitch Chapman||Setefano Cakau|
|Adam Freier||Sevaro Domoni|
|Mark Gerrard||Meli Nakauta|
|Stephen Hoiles||Viliame Ratu|
|Julian Huxley||Michael Ratu|
|Lachlan Mackay||Bruce Rauqe|
|Pat McCutcheon||Radike Samo|
|Pete Miller||Naibuka Tuiloa|
|Patrick Phibbs||Marika Vunibaka|
|Lote Tuqiri ©||Waisale Qalulu (Coach)|
|Tim Walsh (Coach)|
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- What time do gates open?Friday 12:00pm for first game at 12:30pm Saturday 8:45am for first game at 9:30am Sunday 9:45am for first game at 10:30am
- What is the Schedule for the Sydney 7s weekend?Click here to view the 2017 HSBC Sydney 7s Draw
- What Should I wear?This year’s theme is GO COLOURFUL! For some tips on great outfits check out costumebox.com.au for some great deals. Remember that costumes deemed to be offensive or inappropriate may not be permitted inside the stadium. This includes costumes that may offend from a religious, political, racial and/or sexual perspective. SCGT Venue members must adhere to the Trust Member dress regulations
- What kind of merchandise will be available on the day?Tournament merchandise will be available throughout the tournament and will be sold from outlets located inside the stadium and in the plaza areas directly adjacent to the Stadium.
- Can I buy a fancy dress costume at the stadium?Yes you can. A Rubie’s fancy dress outlet will be located in the Allianz Stadium forecourt and a range of costumes will be available for purchase on the day. The other option is to visit costumebox.com.au to purchase items online now.
- What is at the Stadium to assist in dealing with hot weather?Hot weather is forecast for each day and you are encouraged to bring headwear and sunscreen. To assist in keeping you hydrated, there will be free water stations throughout the venue. There is a cool zone area underneath the Noble Stand at the Sydney Cricket Ground where vision screens will broadcast all the action from Allianz Stadium. There will be misting fans at locations in the venue and a misting tunnel located in the south plaza area.
- Will there be pass outs?Yes pass outs will be available from selected Gates at Allianz Stadium. Entry and Re-entry will be subject to the ARU’s Terms of admission, which can be found here.
- What facilities are there for people with a disability?For further information regarding facilities for people with a disability click here.
- How do I keep track of how my team is going?To keep updated with live scores and results take advantage of Allianz Stadium’s FREE wifi and download the official HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series App here. Available on both iOS an Android.
- Is the Sydney 7s Family Friendly?Yes! There is plenty of family friendly activities for the kids. Saturday and Sunday we will have a dedicated Kids Fun Zone operating from 11:00am – 4:00pm. Featuring jumping castle ball pit combo, a colouring in station, pass the ball target, inflatable bungee, mechanical football. Check out the precinct map here.
If you come along Sunday make your way to the SCG and participate in some Skills & Drills sessions between 10:00am – 12:00pm on the hallowed turf.
- If I miss out on tickets how can I watch?Ten of the Women’s matches will be played at Kippax Field free of charge on Saturday 4 February. Or catch every Men’s and Women’s match and all the action live on Fox Sports. Refer to TV Guide http://www.foxsports.com.au/tvguide for specific coverage timings.
- Can I purchase tickets on the day?Yes, tickets will be available to purchase on the Friday, however it is expected there will be no tickets available for the Saturday and the Sunday. Limited tickets are still available for purchase now, but be quick as they will be sold out soon. You can purchase tickets at www.ticketek.com.au/sydney7s
- How old must a child be before they need a ticket?I child must be 3 or under not to require ticket. The child must not take up a seat unless a ticket has been purchased by the patron.
- Can people with a Reserved Seat sit in the General Admission section?As the Saturday and Sunday are sold out, for your own experience and for the comfort of other patrons, you will be required to sit in your allocated seat and any variations are at the discretion of the ushers and stadium staff on the day, subject to capacity.
- How do I get there?It is recommended to leave your car at home and catch public transport. Patrons are encouraged to use the Transport NSW “trip planner” to find out the best way to get to Allianz Stadium. For further information click here
- Is public transport free?Public transport is not free and patrons will need to purchase a ticket to access the relevant public transportation.
- Where can patrons park and how much is it?Limited car parking is available at EP2 and EP3 on Driver Ave, adjacent to Allianz Stadium. Parking is also available at the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park. Parking is subject to capacity and expect delays when departing.
- Where is the closest taxi rank?The nearest Taxi rank is at the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park.
- Is there an area where luggage, prams and other large items can be stored?There is no cloaking facility at the venue. There is no specific pram parking spaces, however speak to a stadium customer service officer and they can assist in directing you to the nearest location to store the pram.
- What kind of food and beverage will be available inside the venue?There will be a range of food and beverage choices available inside the stadium. Please note, all alcohol is mid-strength in the public bars.
- What time do food and bar outlets open from?Public food outlets will be open from gates each day, however bars will open from 12noon on Friday, 10.00am on Saturday and 10.30am on Sunday.
- Where are the closest local restaurants and cafes?There are plenty of takeaways, pubs and restaurant options on Oxford Street and at the Entertainment Quarter.
- Will there be a headline musical act this year?There are no headline acts scheduled to perform at this year’s event. There will be DJ’s located in the stadium forecourt and in the South Plaza area playing music throughout the day and music will be constantly played on the stadium sound system throughout the entire event.
- Will there be an opportunity for patrons to meet players, get pictures and autographs?There may be opportunities at certain times throughout the day for patrons to get player autographs and pictures, however there is no obligation for players to provide this opportunity.
- Will the players walk the perimeter of the field after the games?Players will do a “lap of honour” at the conclusion of their last game of the tournament to thank the fans. There is no formal opportunity for players to sign autographs or pose for pictures. Patrons are reminded to remain behind the fence at all times and respect the players.
- What can and can’t be brought into the venue?Patrons are encouraged to read the Terms of Admission as listed here
- Is there a Tournament ProgramThere is a Tournament Program and it will cost you a gold coin donation. All proceeds raised from program sales will go to Cancer Council Australia.