What the world is watching for in the 2017 Rugby World Cup opener
The 2017 Rugby Women’s Sevens World Cup starts on Sunday, with the first match of the tournament in Hong Kong on Saturday.
The competition has been called the “first ever women’s Rugby World Championship” due to the fact that women have played in sevens before, but this is the first time the tournament will be held in mainland China.
It is the only event of its kind in the world where the top-ranked team from each of the nine nations is represented on the main stage.
The teams have not been officially named yet, but the tournament is being organised as a joint venture between the Women’s National Team and the Hong Kong Women’s Rugby Union.
For many of the top players in the women’s game, this will be the first opportunity to showcase their skills and talents to a large audience.
However, not everyone is excited to see the game being held in Hongkong.
“I’m disappointed because it’s a great opportunity for Hongkongs women to see how the women can dominate and win in the sport,” said Victoria Farr, a coach with the Hongkang Rugby Union (HKRA).
“We have been working with the HKRA since the beginning of the year to develop the womens Sevens platform, so to have the first-ever womens Rugby World cup in Hongks country is very disappointing.
I think it’s not a good development for women in HongKong.”
The HKRA is a non-profit organisation that organises the women to play the tournament.
The women will not be allowed to play on the field during the tournament, but it is hoped that this will allow the tournament to be held without disrupting the normal routine of the HongKongs women.
“We’re very confident that the HKSA will be able to manage the logistics of the event and make it as safe as possible for the participants, the spectators and the fans,” said Farr.
Hong Kong Rugby Union chief executive Officer Ching Yee-hung has been working closely with the Women to ensure that the tournament can take place in Hong kong.
“As we have said before, the HKWA is committed to promoting women’s participation in the game and we’re delighted that the Women are bringing their unique talents to Hong Kong,” said Yee -hung.
“We are also excited to work with HKRA to make this event a success, to give our women an unprecedented platform to show off their skills.”
The women’s team is comprised of seven experienced players who have won Olympic gold and World silver medals.
The Hong Kong team has won medals at the European Sevens Championships and the Asian Sevens Championship.