The annual Hong Kong Sevens, celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, is considered the "Jewel in the Crown" in the Sevens World Series. First held in 1976, the tournament has now grown in huge popularity with players and spectators.

In 1993, the Rugby World Cup Sevens held its first tournament in Scotland, the origin of the game rugby sevens. Later, Hong Kong was awarded the prestige twice of hosting the Rugby World Cup Sevens in 1997 and 2005 respectively. The Rugby World Cup Sevens in 1997, the second of its kind, was a huge success as it was held in a memorable year of the establishment of Hong Kong as a special administrative region after its reunification with the Mainland. In 2005, the Hong Kong Rugby Union held the game again and became the first body hosting the world championship of rugby sevens for twice.

Over the years, the Rugby World Cup Sevens has an important role in nurturing good rugby players. To name a few, Jonah LOMU, Christian CULLEN and George GREGAN, first demonstrated their speed and agility in the Hong Kong Sevens, have now become dominant figures in the rugby sevens arena. The World Rugby, recognising the status of the sevens game, launched its inaugural Sevens World Series in 2000 (also the year of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong Sevens) to increase participation by players worldwide. A core of 15 top teams in the world now participate in 10 rugby tournaments in Dubai, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, North America, Europe and Asia.

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The above information is provided by the Hong Kong Rugby Union.