Ladbrokes Fans Take On Digital Role FIVB Partners With Red Bull Joint Venture Innovate Aquires Wexford Park Rights Dunkin' Donuts Sorry For Mock LFC Crest Man City Signs Deal With Surf Soccer Man City Waits On Outcome Of FFP Case FEI Scraps Endurance Events In UAE Chelsea Signs $308M Deal With Yokohama Push For Vacation Days During Olympics Sky Sports Acquires MLS TV Rights
Enter amount in full numerical value, without currency symbol or commas (ex: 3000000).
Upcoming Conferences and Events
SBD Global/May 9, 2013/Events and Attractions
Global Rugby Sevens Tournament Featuring 12 Teams To Be Held At Twickenham
Published May 9, 2013
A new club rugby tournament involving sides from around the world "is to be launched this summer" in a bid to capitalize on the sport's increasing global appeal, according to Robert Kitson of the London GUARDIAN. Super Rugby side Auckland Blues, the Western Province Stormers, the ACT Brumbies and teams from Russia and the U.S. "are set to join four English clubs in the inaugural event at Twickenham" on Aug. 17-18. A total of 12 seven-a-side teams will initially be involved, with the matches televised by BT Sport, which is "poised to take over the broadcasting of the English domestic game from Sky." The tournament "reflects the rising interest in sevens as it prepares for Olympic inclusion" in '16. Premiership Rugby CEO Mark McCafferty said, "It'll be 12 teams this year, but I expect it to expand." No title sponsors have yet been confirmed, but McCafferty "is convinced that the idea will prove popular with rugby fans." McCafferty: "We think some of the clubs and provincial sides will prove big attractions at that time of year, and we feel the market is going to grow" (GUARDIAN, 5/7).