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In case you’ve been otherwise occupied for the past several weeks, firstly, welcome back! Secondly, our beloved Springboks, in a moment of national unity, came out on top at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. The win incited a rugby fever amongst locals and expats alike, but it appears the heat is not close to cooling down yet. The annual HSBC Cape Town Sevens tournament commences in mid December at Cape Town Stadium, and rugby fans will have their second cause for breaking out their green and gold t-shirts, Black Labels and facepaint for the year.
The tournament has twice earned the title of South Africa’s Best Live Sports Experience at the Sport Industry Awards, and it’s small wonder why. With a party stand for the more lively revellers amongst attendees, as well as an alcohol-free zone for more family orientated fun, it seems there’s no reason that any member of the family shouldn’t join in on the excitement. There’s also a much anticipated line up of live performers, including both local favourites and world class acts.
Tickets for the event, running from 13-15 December in the Mother City, have been on sale since the end of July and are always highly sought after as the kickoff date approaches. This year’s appeal has the additional attraction of being the first time that the Springbok Women’s Sevens Team plays on their home turf. Heats run through the 13th and 15th, culminating in the finals on the final day, Sunday the 15th.
Yet another point for celebration amongst local rugby fans was the recent announcement that Cape Town will play host to the Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2022, marking the first time the international event is played on the African continent. If the annual hype surround the local Sevens championship is any indication, the World Cup is sure to bring even more passion and intensity to Cape Town Stadium come September 2022.
So whether you’re a die hard rugby fanatic, or simply along for the spirit and fun of the matches, be sure to get your hands on tickets to the annual rugby Sevens festival this December. Tickets start at R150 and are already selling fast. Who knows? You may even catch a glimpse of a Faf lookalike, Speedo and all!
Sources: https://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/Sevens/cape-town-sevens-tickets-on-sale-from-wednesday-20190730 , https://www.sarugbymag.co.za/cape-town-hosts-sevens-world-cup/
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