Hong Kong Rugby Sevens Survival Guide 2018

Hong Kong Rugby Sevens Survival Guide 2018
What you need to know (and bring) on this year’s HK Sevens

With the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens just around the corner, you’ve no doubt already got the perfect squad costume proudly hung in the living room… or you’re going to be making a hasty dash to Pottinger (you brave, brave soul) the night before the games.

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And with the outfits (almost) sorted, all that’s left in the countdown to the most hotly anticipated weekend of the year is to keep your stamina high and your livers cleansed in preparation for an unforgettable three days of sport and debauchery. But before rushing to the stadium in the early hours of Saturday morning, sneak a peek at our bite-size survival guide below with our top tips and things to remember, before you forget.

Hong Kong Rugby Sevens Survival Guide 2018

What to Take

Snacks and Drinks
Okay sure, the stadium is a glass, container and bottle-free zone, but there’s no rule to say that you can’t bring a cheap, fabric cool bag in with you. The stadium is full of fast food vendors, as well as those walking around the stands selling fast food like pies and ice creams, and quite frankly, demolishing a piece of greasy fried chicken sounds like the dream when you’re several litres of beer down. But you’ll be giving yourself a pat on the back for packing a quick cheese sarnie and a bag of Doritos for yourself once you take a look at the queue for KFC. This goes for water, too (it’s all about staying hydrated!). We’ve found it handy in the past to use emergency water bags from Living Plaza which can store up to a litre of water, ultimately saving both pennies and time spent in huge lines.
See the full list of prohibited items at the Sevens here.

Wet Wipes/Hand Sanitizer
Obviously, with so many people attending the games, the Sevens isn’t going to be cleanest place. Already carrying half of the South Stand around the ankles of your animal onesie, cleanliness probably isn’t going to be at the forefront of your mind, but hand sanitizer is about to become your best friend once you’ve broken the dreaded seal…

Odds are your costume has come with a head piece of sorts, but don’t forget to slap on some sunscreen before leaving home. With little coverage for the majority of the stands, it’s likely you’ll to burn, so lotion up before leaving home and be done with it!

Bum Bag
This one is the mother of all Sevens hacks. Don’t bother bringing a shoulder bag with you – it’s going to get destroyed, covered in beer, or left under a seat. Clip a bum bag around your waist and only take the essentials. Cash, phone (best to pop this one in a zip lock bag, I’ve been known to drop my phone in the pint glass sat around my neck) tissues, paracetamol, hydration salts (a mid-day life saver if you’re hoping to make it on to Wan Chai) and Imodium – if you’ve seen those toilet stalls past lunch time you’ll know why this one’s made the list.

Hong Kong Rugby Sevens Survival Guide 2018

Alternative Activities
If braving the South Stand just isn’t your thing, or you’re looking for a slightly tamer, more family-friendly orientated Sevens this year then there are heaps of alternatives to chugging warm pints…

Game stalls
There’s tons of fun things happening across the weekend, and this includes trying your hand at the game and entertainment stalls where you can win cool prizes.

Fan Stands

Fan stands are dotted around the stadium, and are a great place to buy souvenirs, memorabilia and rugby merchandise like the official Hong Kong Sevens and team jerseys as well as rugby balls which tend to go down a storm (and sell out fast!) – a perfect tool for collecting signatures too.

Half Time Entertainment
It’s been announced that American rock band Smash Mouth will be bringing the half-time entertainment for this year’s games! Expect classics such as I’m a Believer and All Star – sure to have the stands signing along.

Mini Rugby
Whether you’re heading down early to get into the South Stand or to set up camp in the West, check out the cool mini rugby tournaments held on pitch (schedule to be released soon) in the early hours – cute!

Hong Kong Rugby Sevens Survival Guide 2018

Around Town
If you haven’t managed to bag yourself a ticket, don’t stress. This year it’s easy to get into the spirit and soak up the Sevens atmosphere around town. Round up the stragglers and head on over to one of these happenings, set up in the front row or bag yourself an awesome foodie deal…

Kick Off Concert
Get into the spirit of the weekend with the Kick Off Concert happening on Thursday, 5 April! Featuring reggae band UB40 it’s sure to have you feeling Sevens ready. Find more info and get your tickets here!

Queen Elizabeth Stadium, 18 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Fanwalk at Lee Gardens
Featuring live streaming of all the action from the stadium, Lee Gardens will also be home to live entertainment, activities, food and drink throughout The Sevens weekend. Read all about it here!

Live Broadcast at Cyberport
The Podium is broadcasting the entire weekend live, with plenty of snacks and beverages on hand to dig into from neighbouring restaurants or bring a picnic and enjoy it on the lawn while watching the games!

The Podium, L4, The Arcade, 100 Cyberport Road, Hong Kong

Hong Kong Rugby Sevens Survival Guide 2018

Foodie Deals

The Butchers Club Burger
Running from Wednesday, 4 April until Monday, 9 April, the Hong Kong Sevens Triple Happiness Challenge will be available at all The Butchers Club Burger locations. Consisting of a Triple Happiness meal set ($240), including the limited edition Triple Happiness Burger, duck fat fries and an ice-cold beer, finish it all in seven minutes or less and it’s on the house!

The Butchers Club Burger, various locations across Hong Kong, www.thebutchers.club/burger-hk

Hong Kong Rugby Sevens Survival Guide 2018

Gather the gang for a pre-or post-Sevens feast packed with flavour and value. From Thursday, 5 April to Saturday, 7 April, diners can enjoy a half rack ribs and two beers for $300, or a full rack and four beers for $500.
Commissary, Shop 405, 4/F Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, www.commissary.hk

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Sevens Club House at Seasons
Head to Seasons Restaurant for a well-deserved rest over the busy weekend. Offering four Carlsberg beers, or two Sacred Hill wines for $100, you can relax and unwind whilst watching the rugby on the big screen.
Seasons, Shop 308, 3/F, Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.ticketflap.com/hongkongsevensclubhouse

Linguini Fini
Want to make your Sevens weekend even more boozy? Enjoy two-hours of free-flow prosecco and Peronis, or a build your own Bloody Mary bar for $99 per person on Saturday and Sunday.
Linguini Fini, 49 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.linguinifini.com

Burger Circus
Make sure to don your rugby shirt or fancy dress when heading to Burger Circus, as those getting into the spirit of the weekend will receive a shot of Jack Daniel’s or Basil Hayden’s on the house. A second shot is priced at just $5, with the price going up by $5 for each further shot.
Burger Circus, 22 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.burgercircus.com.hk

Looking to get some late-night food? Head to Motorino after 10pm, and those in costume or rugby shirts will get a pint of beer on the house when ordering any pizza.
Motorino, 14 Shelley Street, Central, Hong Kong
Motorino, 15 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.motorinopizza.com

208, Commissary and Duddell’s
Head to 208, Commissary or Duddell’s over the rugby weekend and you can enjoy a bucket of six Peroni beers for $300!
208 Duecento Otto, 208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.208.com.hk
Commissary, Shop 405, 4/F Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, www.commissary.hk

Duddell’s, Level 3, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.duddells.co

22 Ships, Mak Mak and Chachawan
Peroni not your thing? Have no fear as 22 Ships, Mak Mak and Chachawan are also offering up a bucket of six Pilsner Urquell beers for $300 over the entire Sevens weekend.

22 Ships, 22 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.22ships.hk
Mak Mak, Shop 217A 2/F Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/makmakhongkong
Chachawan, 206 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/chachawan.hongkong

Hong Kong Rugby Sevens Survival Guide 2018

Where to Stay

There are many affordable hotels available in Hong Kong and near the Stadium. You may check Agoda for more hotel discounts and deals!

Have you got your tickets now?

xoxo, Blair

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  1. As an Indian, I must confess that I know near to nothing about Rugby except that it includes big dudes beating up each other for no apparent reason except that they all seem to want a weirdly shaped ball. I liked your post though, while it did nothing to educate me any further about Rugby, it highlighted all the more interesting, ancillary things around the rugby tournament.

    1. Thanks Denny. I don't know much about the technicality of rugby games, but only understand the philosophy and concepts. Plus watching these huge dudes, most f them are hot running and passing and kicking that ball, are quite exciting, hahaha

  2. What a fun post! We have family in Hong Kong, but it never occurred to us to attend a rugby match! Love the costumes!

    1. Oh you must! It is one of the biggest celebration each year!


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