Marriott London Sevens at Twickenham

  • Marriott London Sevens at Twickenham Stadium. Picture date: Saturday May 10, 2014. Photo credit: Clive Gee/PA Wire

    England's Tom Mitchell at the Marriott London Sevens at Twickenham Stadium, London. Picture date: Saturday May 10, 2014. Photo credit: Clive Gee/PA Wire

    England's Alex Gray scores a try. Picture date: Saturday May 10, 2014. Photo credit: Clive Gee/PA Wire

  • Marriott London Sevens at Twickenham
    10.05.2014 15:06

    The HSBC Seven World Series is a rugby competition that takes place in nine venues around the world, where players are expected to play high paced rugby in some truly gruelling conditions. At each of the venues, the teams compete for points in the series.  All the group stages will take place on the first day. The top teams in each group then take part in the challenge to win the Shield. However, there are more points on offer for teams who don’t make the top spot as the Cup, Plate, Bowl are also awarded for the winners at different levels.

    The sevens game was conceived in 1883 in Melrose, Scotland. The game uses rules similar to rugby union but with 7 players on each team. The games take place on a full sized pitch for the duration of 7 minutes for each half. The finals are ten minutes for each half. The huge pitch and big open spaces mean players will often sprint for much of the 14 minutes. With missed tackles leading to tries and passes needing to be crisp to find winning tries, the fast paced games has a growing following. Fans who attend often go for the atmosphere as much as the rugby. As fancy dress is often adopted and the constant supply of fast paced games, few find these special days of sport dull.

    This years competition started back in October in Australia. The next rounds were played in Dubai, South Africa, New Zealand, USA, Hong Kong, Japan, and Scotland, finally coming to an end this weekend in England. With the eyes of the world slowly turning to the football world cup, where an expected El Nino year could cause problems for football players, some forgot the rugby players who have already played in some of the most extreme conditions in the world. From the super hot and dry Gold Coast of Australia to the 100 percent humidity and heat of Hong Kong.

    This year England, currently rated fourth out of 21 teams in the series, will try and win at home in Twickenham, the first time since the competition started in 1999. Today, the players from the UK will have been happy to see less extreme weather, with the cloud and showers of the morning dissolving to leave a fine afternoon with sunny spells and the odd isolated shower.

    For the final on Sunday, London is likely to see a rather windy day with sunny spells and a few showers. Elsewhere in the UK it will be a largely cloudy day with showers, some prolonged and heavy with a risk of thunder. However, the showers will ease in southern parts during the day. There will be fresh to strong westerly winds in most southern areas, gentle further north.

    By: John Griffiths