Hong Kong vs Japan at the Asian Games Rugby Sevens men’s final in Guangzhou, November 23, 2010. Japan won, 28-21.
Finally! We’d been waiting for a good homoerotic sporting event to get drunk and shouty at this summer. The 2011 edition of the Shanghai Sevens is happening at Yuanshen Stadium in Pudong this weekend, and will feature 12 men’s teams from the Asian region, and 4 female teams to boot.
The Chinese side’s stiffest competition will most likely be the Koreans, who are the current two-time defending champions after besting China 38-17 in last year’s final and Japan in 2009. The top four Asian women’s teams from last year’s Asian Games in Guangzhou will also be on hand at the tournament, so all the contact sport loving women will have gender representatives to shout at and cheer on this weekend (not that the men aren’t into ladies grunting in a scrum, mind you). Shanghai is the first stop on the Asian Sevens Series, with tournaments later taking place in Borneo, Thailand and India in September and November.
And considering that Rugby Sevens is officially an Olympic competition beginning in 2016, you might even get a gander at future Olympians on the pitch this weekend.
List of teams and ticket & venue info after the jump…
China, Japan, South Korea, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka.
China, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Thailand.
However, it won’t all be leaping tackles and acrobatic dives, as onsite beer gardens featuring food and live music will be on hand to keep punters happy during lulls in the try-scoring action. You can also get your ruggers on with interactive games and prizes in the fan zone (we’re personally a sucker for those squishy rugby balls), and face painting will be available too. Though it’s supposed to be for kids only, we’re pretty sure cute girls will get in on that action, like they always do.
Tickets are available at any of the three Big Bamboo sports bars in Shanghai, or by calling 962388 or 21-51325122.
And kids under 140cm get into the Shanghai Sevens free of charge!
Shanghai Sevens // 100RMB for two days // August 27-28, 8am-5pm // Yuanshen Stadium // 655 Yuanshen Lu in Pudong, near Zhangyang Lu (655号源深路, 近张扬路) // Closest Metro stop: Yuanshen Stadium Station (源深体育中心站) Line 6