World Series moves to Glasgow
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The International Rugby Board has welcomed the Scottish Rugby Union’s announcement that Glasgow will host the penultimate round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
The announcement, made in collaboration with the Scottish Parliament, Glasgow City Council and Sport Scotland, will see the Scotland Sevens move from its traditional home of Edinburgh to Scotstoun Stadium for the penultimate round of the Series on May 5-6, 2012.
The move of the event from Edinburgh comes as the SRU looks to continue to grow Rugby throughout the country, using the world-renowned festival atmosphere of Sevens to reach out to new Rugby fans from the Glasgow area and beyond.
IRB Vice Chairman Bill Beaumont, who was in Glasgow for the announcement, said that Glasgow was perfectly positioned to grow the appeal and popularity of Sevens in the country that invented the sport.
“Scotland is the home of Sevens and today’s announcement represents a further boost for the sport as we count down to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and Rugby’s return to the Olympic Games stage in Rio in 2016,” said Beaumont.
“We are confident that the Scottish Rugby Union’s vision and dedication to deliver an outstanding HSBC Sevens World Series event in Glasgow will be rewarded with a tournament that that the city, the Union and the global Rugby family will be proud of.”
IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset added: “Sevens continues to go from strength to strength and 2011 has been a year of significant milestones. We have achieved record broadcast and attendance figures for the HSBC Sevens World Series, delivered a first IRB women’s event alongside the Series, welcomed Japan as a new host country and two new venues in the Gold Coast and Port Elizabeth.
“We are delighted to be welcoming Glasgow to the HSBC Sevens World Series and I would like to thank the Scottish Rugby Union for its ongoing commitment as a proud host and participating nation.”
President of Scottish Rugby, Ian McLauchlan, said: “When the HSBC Sevens World Series Sevens comes to Glasgow it will be an incredible atmosphere, a festival atmosphere and we plan on putting on a party for this city in conjunction with our partners in Glasgow.”
“I’d like to thank all our partners, especially the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council for securing this event in Glasgow. I know we will all be working flat out to put on a real show in the coming years.”
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, commenting on the launch while on a visit to Hong Kong with Scottish Rugby representatives, said: “Scotland is well known as the home of Rugby Sevens and it will be tremendous to see this global spectacular staged in Glasgow. It is a city that knows how to put on a show and I have no doubt that come May, the people of Glasgow will take great pride in staging another major international event.”
“Sport can be a tremendous power for good in society; keeping young people fit, teaching them about fair play, camaraderie and teamwork. Sport provides role models for the young people in our country to look up to and learn from and it is only right that we support events such as the Glasgow Sevens.”
“I’m very pleased that we are part of the launch today and we look forward to working with Scottish Rugby and all those involved in making the event a worldwide success.”
Giles Morgan, Group Head of Sponsorship HSBC Holdings PLC, said: "The 2011/12 HSBC Sevens World Series has got off to a terrific start with two new venues in Australia and South Africa and we are confident that Glasgow will prove a fantastic new home for the Scotland round of the World Series. The competition is proving even more exciting this season so by the time of the Scotland Sevens fans should be in for a treat as the teams race towards the end of the Series."
Tickets go on sale from today with a special ‘early-bird’ offer lasting until the end of the RBS 6 Nations. Prices start at only £10 for adults with all concessions at half the equivalent adult price. Tickets will be sold for particular stands and designated days, with two-day ‘weekend’ tickets also available.