Cathay/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2024 Week – Ultimate Fan Guide
With 30 years of memorable action at the Hong Kong Stadium, the Cathay / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens will be played for the final time at the iconic venue from 5-7 April 2024 before moving in 2025 – which only adds to the excitement of the Cathay/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.
We look at what events are on, what rugby tournaments are being played and other best tips in our Cathay/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2024 Ultimate Fan Guide!
Updated 13th February 2024
In 2025, the HK Sevens tournament will move to the new Kai Tak Sports Park but before it does, the world’s top 24 HSBC SVNS teams and the six Asian Melrose Shield participating teams will be looking to excite a packed house of 40,000 fans.
There is also plenty of youth, tens and social rugby that week, never mind sporting events, charitable dinners, guest dinners and many rugby legends in town as MC’s and special guests.
We will keep updating this article with more events – so bookmark it now!
Tickets Cathay/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2024
By December 2023, 65 per cent of stadium capacity tickets had been sold. It’s anticipated to be a sellout as it’s the last time the 7s will be played at the current stadium and many people we have spoken to have expressed a desire to attend (better late than never) – expect the South Stand to be its usual messy and festive self – as diehard fans will send off the memorable seated area in style come April 2024!
A ticketing update is expected in February 2024 – but all signs are pointing to a sell-out in Hong Kong!
Live Music – Cathay/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2024
The Wailers, Journey’s Arnel Pineda, Celine Tam, Cantopop Lolly Talk and former rugby international DJ James Haskell have all been confirmed for the 2024 edition of the Cathay/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.
- Friday, 5 April 2024: At 18.42 there will be a multi-cultural celebration featuring a traditional eye-dotting ceremony to wish the tournament an auspicious start, which will be followed by 40 minutes of live music at the Hong Kong Stadium.
- Friday, 5 April 2024: Hong Kong singing sensation Celine Tam is due to perform!
- Friday, 5 April 2024: Former England international and British & Irish Lions
star James Haskell will be DJing with a set during the Opening Ceremony of the HK Sevens 2024!
- Friday, 5 April 2024: Emerging all-female Cantopop group, Lolly Talk will be performing – the 8-piece has played the festival scene and headlined their solo concerts – with songs like Triple Sweetness, 5 Ciphers of Love, and My Seven Stars the hits to watch out for.
- Saturday, 6 April 2024 – Reggae legends The Wailers, led by Aston Barrett Jr continue
to preserve the legacy of their iconic island sound with classics from Bob
Marley and anthems such as Three Little Birds, Could You Be Loved, and One Love will be enticing fans at the Hong Kong Sevens for a massive singalong.
- Sunday, 7 April 2024: Arnel Pineda joined Journey as the lead singer after a worldwide talent search. They have played to sold-out stadiums globally and he will be fronting his own band, AMMO – expect hits like Don’t Stop Believin’ and ‘Anyway You Want It’!
Sixteen-year-old Hong Kong singing sensation Celine Tam will also be performing – she was made famous by her America’s Got Talent season 12 where she reached the semi-finals as a nine-year-old! She also achieved a Top 8 finish in the World’s Got Talent show.
Cathay / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens Greatest Hits Relay Campaign
Hong Kong China Rugby, have launched a global campaign “to invite stakeholders, legends, and, of course, the fans to sound off on their most memorable moments.”
Robbie McRobbie, CEO of Hong Kong China Rugby, who will be involved for one more time in his capacity as CEO, said, “The Greatest Hits Relay is one of the many ways we are marking this milestone tournament with fans in Hong Kong and around the world. We hope that fans will enjoy participating, and are very confident that the grand prize winner will enjoy the Ultimate Rugby Fan Experience we have in store.”
From the 5th of February 2024, the Hong Kong Sevens campaign will share a memory across Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and Xiaohongshu and for every day of the campaign until March 5th, will feature a different memory posted from event stakeholders and Hong Kong Sevens legends like David Campese and Waisale Serevi.
HKCR added, “The fan whom the judges felt shared the most iconic memory with a great Sevens story behind it will win the Ultimate Rugby Fan Experience prize”.
- The prize includes a chance for the winner and a mate to watch the Sevens and rub shoulders with some rugby legends inside the Captain’s Corner at Hong Kong Stadium.
- The grand prize also includes a $10,000 Cathay Pacific travel voucher, rooms at Ovolo Southside Hotel, a Tomahawk dinner at Feather and Bone and a Sevens gift pack with merchandise, an official SVNS ball and, of course, a couple of Beers!
Fans can tag @hksevens and use #HK7sGreatestHits and #HK7s for a chance to win a literal once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Sevens this April.
Melrose Shield Competition 2024
This special 2024 Melrose Shield Competition showcase tournament of the best Asian Sevens men’s and women’s teams will be run as a triangular competition interspersed between the SVNS matches at the Hong Kong Sevens Stadium.
As part of this tournament, Hong Kong China Rugby and Melrose RFC will exchange trophies for their respective rugby sevens tournaments to celebrate their shared global sevens legacies.
The competing teams are:
- China (Women and men)
- Japan (Men)
- Hong Kong, China (Women and men)
- Thailand (Women)
Cathay/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2024 Dinners, Lunches & Charity Events
Bula Dinner – Fiji Chamber of Commerce – Hong Kong
The Fiji Chamber of Commerce has annunced details for its annual Bula Dinner in the leadup to the Hong Kong Sevens, confirming the dinner will take place on 2nd April 2024.
The Chamber said, “We extend a warm invitation to everyone as we celebrate the spirit of Fiji and cheer for the Fiji National Teams in their upcoming games at the HK Sevens.”
Attending will be the Fiji women’s and men’s sevens rugby teams with special MCs for the evening
- Date: Tuesday 2nd April 2024
- Venue: HKFC
BritCham & KPMG Rugby Dinner 2024
The BritCham & KPMG Rugby Dinner is confirmed to take place on Thursday 4 April 2024 at the Hong Kong Football Club and will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the BritCham & KPMG Rugby Dinner.
- Date: Thursday 4th April 2024
- Venue: HKFC
Sandy Bay HK7s Dinner 2024
The Sandy Bay RFC HK7s Dinner will see special guest speakers Ryan Paul Jones MBE (Wales) and Huriana Manuel-Carpenter (Black Ferns) attend
Silent auctions will be held to support Phenomenally Pink, ImpactHK & The Mekong Club.
- Date: Thursday 4th April 2024 / 7pm-11pm
- Venue: The Millions Room, Happy Valley Race Course
Sports Matters – North Asia 2024
On the 1st February 2024, it was announced that Branded, in association with The Hong Kong Jockey Club and Hong Kong China Rugby, will host the Sports Matters North Asia 2024 event in Hong Kong on the eve of the Cathay/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.
The sports conference will be held at the HKJC Happy Valley Racecourse on Friday 5th April 2024, with a focus on the North Asian sports industry (Greater China, Japan and Korea).
Confirmed speakers hail from a range of sports including rugby (Hong Kong China Rugby & World Rugby), as well as The Hong Kong Jockey Club, Asia Football Group, HSBC, Cathay, Mastercard, Havas Play, Standard Chartered Bank, Kai Tak Sports Park, Mission Hills, InvestHK, Laureus Sport for Good with more to be announced as well as a lineup of well-known athletes.
The Sports Matters event is invitation-only and you can register online.
- Venue: HKFC, Hong Kong
- Date: 3-4 April 2024
Cathay/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2024 Rugby Tournaments
Hong Kong International Touch Championship 2024
With Men’s, Women’s and Mixed teams involved, in the Hong Kong International Touch Championship 2024, the organisers hope the ITC will be an annual attraction for clubs around the world to add to their annual calendar.
- Venue: Happy Valley Recreation Ground (Pitch 3 & 4 & 6)
- Date: 31 March 2024
All Girls Rugby Sevens 2024
The AGIR 7s returns in 2024 at Kings Park in Hong Kong as the All Girls International Rugby 7’s tournament aims to showcase teams from Hong Kong and beyond across 7 different age grades in the leadup to the Hong Kong Sevens.
- Venue: Kings Park, Hong Kong
- Date: 29-30th March 2024
Kowloon RugbyFest 2024
The very popular Kowloon RugbyFest returns to the Hong Kong Sevens week after not having been played since 2019. This will be the 20th edition of the Social Tens tournament and the one-day event features Women’s and Men’s rugby, as well as Men’s Vets (Over 40).
The organisers told Rugby Asia 247 “We are delighted to confirm that the Kowloon RugbyFest will return on 4th April 2024. Started in 2002, the Kowlon RugbyFest is a social 10-a-side competition for Men’s and Women’s social teams and a new Men’s Veterans (over 40) section.”
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- Venue: Kings Park, Hong Kong
- Date: 4 April 2024
Tradition HKFC Tens 2024
The 2023 edition of the popular HKFC Tens tournament saw the inclusion of a women’s division for the first time and 2024 will see the return of the men and women from 3-4 April 2024.
The tournament attracts some of the best touring rugby teams and players in the world and carries the smoker of being “The World’s Best 10s tournament.”
The organisers told us that some exciting VIP ambassadors will be unveiled soon and the exact teams due to be involved will also be announced soon so stay tuned.
Laureaus is once again the charitable partner for the Tradition HKFC Tens in 2024. Traditionally, the tournament is held the Wednesday & Thursday before the Hong Kong 7s and will be streamed online.
- Venue: HKFC, Hong Kong
- Date: 3-4 April 2024
REVOLUTION 10s Invitational Rugby 2024
A new rugby tournament, the REVOLUTION 10s invitational is planned to be held at Kowloon Tsai Park Sports Ground on 4th April (Thursday) and has the support of Hong Kong China Rugby.
The Rugby Tens tournament joins an already congested week but overseas rugby teams or university teams are invited to register.
- Venue: Kowloon Tsai Park Sports Ground, Hong Kong
- Date: 4 April 2024
Bali Memorial Matches 2024
The Pot Bellied Pigs RFC will be organising the annual Bali Memorial matches in 2024, as is the tradition, the matches due to be played on Friday 5th April.
- Venue: TBC – Hong Kong
- Date: Friday 5 April
If you are looking for somewhere to stay in Hong Kong, close to the HKFC grounds and public transport to reach the Hong Kong Stadium, Rugby Asia 247 recommends The Charterhouse who have been our accommodation partner for the past two years for the Cathay/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2024 Week.
Sevens Rugby 2024 Tournament News
- World Rugby HSBC Sevens Challenger 2024 – Dates And Venues Announced.
- Hong Kong China Rugby CEO Robbie McRobbie Stepping Down In 2024.
- HSBC SVNS 2023-2024 Explained.
- Borneo 7s International Rugby Tournament 2024.