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  2009 Shanghai Sevens  
  Date: 12-13 September 2009, 8am-5pm  
  Venue: SRFC (near Zhouhai Road Metro Station)  
  Sanctioning Bodies: International Rugby Board (IRB), China Rugby Football Union, Asian Rugby Football Union, Shanghai Sports Federation  
  Competitions: IRB Asian Rugby Sevens Series Shanghai Tournament, International Club Sevens Tournament, Veteran 10's, International Women's Sevens  
  Official Website: www.shanghai7s.com  
  Ticketing Hotline: 400-707-9999  
  Tel: +86 21 63232158  
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Event introduction:
  As part of the IRB's ongoing plan to develop rugby  
  in China, September 12th-13th will see Shanghai stage an intensely fast and furious Rugby Sevens tournament.  The event will be sanctioned by the international Rugby Board (IRB), the China Rugby Football Union and the Asian Rugby Football Union and will see national teams from all over Asia including China, Japan, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei and Singapore among other join the competition.  The event will be held at the Shanghai Rugby Football club with doors opening at 8:00am on both Saturday and Sunday.

This two day rugby festival is the first stop in the newly established IRB Asian Rugby Sevens Series.  This international tournament will also be supported by a wide range of other matches including a 16-team international club sevens tournament along with women's sevens, vets tens and kids' exhibition matches.

Along with the action on the field, the weekend will be packed full of entertainment off the field.  Families will appreciate the professionally supervised kid's play area while the adults can enjoy themselves in the GUINNESS® beer garden and watch live music on-stage. A wide selection of other food and drinks will also be available as will your chance to pick up the official tournament jersey for this historic event!
Ticket price:
      Time Ticket Price
      12 September Saturday 50 RMB
      13 September Sunday 70 RMB
      Two-day Package 100 RMB
      Two-day VIP Hospitality 1000 RMB
      *Children under 1.2 meter can enjoy half price of the above tickets.
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.
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