Dubai Sevens Invitation Tournament set to break records once again

Sport360 staff 14:57 14/07/2015
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An image from the invitational tournament in 2014.

The Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens is set to smash yet another record this year, with an unprecedented level of interest shown in the Invitation Tournament and the inaugural Netball Tournament.

According to organizers, the news will guarantee the highest number of teams in the history of the event at The Sevens Stadium on 3-5 December, 2015.

Dubai Rugby Sevens attracts the world’s best players vying for honours in the Men’s and Women’s Sevens World Series and in a feature unique to Dubai, the event simultaneously hosts one of the biggest Invitation Tournaments on the world circuit at the one location. 

A total of 223 teams competed in the invitational last year, to break all previous records, but with just under five months until this year’s competition, 432 teams have registered interest so far.

The Invitation Tournament will be held across 16 categories, featuring participants of all ages and nationalities from under 19 girls to veterans and this year will also include a netball competition for the first time.

An additional rugby pitch has even been installed at the stadium to bring the total number of pitches to eight, allowing entries to be further increased.

Invitation Tournament manager Jill Conlon said: “The Invitation Tournament is a unique spectacle in its own right.

“The players really like this event because it has grown from a very small club tournament to the huge international event it is today, but has retained the friendly atmosphere of a smaller tournament.

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“The players also mix with the international players so it’s very exciting for the invitation players to be part of such an important international event.

“The addition of the netball tournament this year has been very well received and we have been overwhelmed with the level of interest from netball teams who are keen to be part of this exciting event.”

The three day annual event is now in its 46th year and iss one of the most popular and eagerly anticipated dates on the Dubai sporting calendar.

In excess of 100,000 visitors are expected to attend over the course of the three days.

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