Record number of teams make 2014 Dubai Sevens bigger than ever

Sport360 staff 16:01 25/11/2014
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The record-breaking Invitation Tournament at the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens is getting bigger and better with every edition.

In its 45th edition, the Dubai Sevens has been hailed by many of the participating teams as their favourite event on the international rugby calendar.

Waisale Serevi and Ben Gollings in Al Ain ahead of Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens

Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens 2014

Great rivalries which have developed over the years are set to resume when action kicks off on Thursday 4 December at The Sevens Stadium.

Along with Under 18s, Social, Veterans and Schoolboys categories, one of the great drawcards of the Invitation Tournament is the International Invitation Men’s and Women’s categories.

Featuring many current and ex international players, the standard of competition is extremely high and the matches provide spectacular entertainment as teams vie for category honours.

The International Invitation Men’s category, which this year features teams from across the world including Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, Russia, Brazil and England, will be a big draw again.

This category has produced one of the most entertaining duels, with Samurai International battling it out with the Suzuki Wailers in the finals of each of the last three editions, Samurai International coming out on top on every occasion.

Looking forward to returning to Dubai, Samurai International founder Terry Sands said: “This will be our tenth visit to the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, and we’re returning to try and defend our title and extend our winning run.

“2014 has been one of the successful years for the Samurai 7s team having won the George 7s in South Africa, the Amsterdam 7s and the GB Sevens Series, so we are definitely aiming for another win in Dubai to cap off a great year.”

Explaining what makes the Invitation Tournament so attractive to teams and keeps drawing the players back, Invitation Tournament Manager Jill Conlon said: “The high standard of the competition makes our Invitation Tournament arguably one of the most popular in the world.

“The games are fantastic entertainment, and are a great opportunity to see some excellent players in action.”  

Entry to the first day of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens on Thursday 4 December is free. Tickets for Friday and Saturday are now on sale, see www.dubairugby7s.com for all the details of the event and ticket outlets.

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