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  2010 Shanghai Sevens  
Date     Sep.4-5, 2010, 8am-5pm
Venue     Shanghai Rugby Football Club (near Zhouhai Road Metro Station)
Sanctioning Bodies     International Rugby Board (IRB), China Rugby Football Union, Asian Rugby Football Union, Shanghai Sports Federation


Co-organizer     Shanghai Rugby Football Club, Shanghai Hairy Crabs, Shanghai Hairy Crabs, Shanghai Pudong Sports Federation, Shanghai International Conference Management Organization
Competitions     IRB Asian Rugby Sevens Series Shanghai Tournament, International Club Sevens Tournament, Veteran 10's, International Women's Sevens
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Over the weekend of September 4th and 5th, the 2010 Shanghai Sevens will once again bring world class rugby to the city. The Shanghai Rugby Football Club will play host once again with a few thousand spectators expected to come by to enjoy the action. For the second consecutive year, the Shanghai Sevens are proud hosts of the IRB Asian Sevens Series and will welcome an expanded roster of 12 international teams, 16 amateur club teams, 4 international women's teams, and 2 vets teams.
The tournament activities are sanctioned by the International Rugby Board (IRB), the Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU), the Chinese Rugby Football Association (CRFA) and both the China and Shanghai Sports Bureaus. National teams from the leading rugby regions in Asia will participate, including national and regional teams from China, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Singapore, India and Sri Lanka.
With recent inclusion in the Olympic family of sports, Rugby Sevens is quickly growing in popularity around the globe. In an effort to help more Asian nations develop stronger Rugby Sevens programs, the IRB, together with ARFU developed the IRB Asian Rugby Sevens Series. The Shanghai Sevens will be the first stop on the 2010 schedule.
Along with the action on the field, the weekend will be packed full of entertainment off the field. Rugby fans can enjoy themselves at the beer garden and listen to the live on-stage music. The Big Bamboo, Shanghai's leading sports bar provided great burgers and a great flow of margaritas to lead the party. With live music going well into the night, the crowd is expected to stay late and party hard celebrating this exciting sporting event.
As is the tradition with rugby tournaments around the world, a long lunch will be organized before the tournament to welcome team representatives and officials to the events. Legends will be invited to give key note speeches. A charity auction will be held with proceeds from both the auction and ticket sales going to support grass roots rugby development in China.
Time   Ticket Price
Sep. 4, Saturday   RMB 70
Sep. 5, Sunday   RMB 100
Two-day Package   RMB 150
 * Children under 1.4 meters can enjoy free entry. VIP Corporate hospitality tickets are also available now.  
As a truly international sport with a strong tradition and history, rugby is widely regarded as a great pastime with a strong ethical and social background.
The modern Sport of Rugby in China can be traced back to the early 1990s when the China Agricultural University in Beijing established China's first team. This historical milestone triggered a swell of unexpected public support and interest in China and started the establishment of teams in universities and colleges across the country.
From there it grew into a favorite of the People's Liberation Army, where the sport started to receive government support for its development. In recognition of this growth, the Chinese Central Sports Commission announced the creation of the China Rugby Football Association (CRFA) in 1996 and on 18th March, 1997, the International Rugby Board (IRB) awarded official recognition to the CRFA and China became the 96th member of IRB.
Playing standards have consistently progressed in recent years which were highlighted at the Doha Asian Games in 2006, when the Chinese Rugby 7s Team beat strong contenders to secure third place behind traditional Asian Rugby powerhouses Japan and South Korea. Moreover, China has produced a number of leading international players including Johnny Zhang, the all time leading scorer at the Hong Kong Sevens while the women's national side recently won the bowl at the 2009 Rugby Sevens World Cup in Dubai and are former Asian champions.
Now both the men's and women's sides are expected to medal at the 2010 Asian National Games in Guangzhou.
Where is the venue?
  On Zhang yang Bei Lu, 30 meters away from metro line 6 Zhou Hai Lu Station. From Puxi, go through Xiang Yin Lu tunnel, turn out at the first ramp in Pudong side and then turn left to Zhang yang Bei Lu. From Pudong, go straight down along Zhang yang Lu.
What's the best time to arrive?

Come early, it's socially acceptable at the Shanghai Sevens. There are some great games early on so don't be afraid to turn up and settle in to watch all the action both on and off the pitch. The gates will open at 8am. If you're not fast you're last!


Will I be able to re-enter the venue if I had to exit during the day?


Stub will turn invalid when you leave the venue. So if you want to re-enter it you need buy one more ticket.


Will there be First Aid on site?


Yes. First Aid stations will be on site, clearly visible to find, and clearly marked. There are medics onsite who are fully equipped to deal with all situations.


Will there be food and beverage outlets inside the venue?


Yes, there will be many food and beverage outlets in the rugby village.

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