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By ARU Media Unit
Australian Rugby Union today confirmed the 2013 Gold Coast Sevens tournament would return to one of Australia’s most vibrant cities on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October.
Following a successful move to a Saturday and Sunday format last year, following its debut on a Friday and Saturday in 2011, the fast paced, international Rugby Sevens tournament will return for its third year on the Gold Coast.
ARU CEO, Bill Pulver, said the annual event, which will kick-off the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series, would cap off an exciting year of Rugby in Australia.
“What better way to finish our domestic Rugby season than to host the first round of a new season of the Sevens World Series,” Mr Pulver said.
“The 2013 Gold Coast Sevens tournament will again deliver the best international Rugby Sevens action to Australian fans in one of our country’s most vibrant cities, the Gold Coast.
“With plenty of fancy dress and off-field action once again being planned, the Gold Coast Sevens will provide the perfect backdrop to celebrate an exciting and hopefully highly successful year of Rugby in Australia.”
In its maiden outing on the Gold Coast the tournament drew a crowd of 25,872 over the two days, a strong platform which was built upon last year when 27,988 enjoyed two days of international Rugby Sevens.
Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey said it was great to have the Gold Coast Sevens tournament back for the third consecutive year.
“Gold Coast Sevens is a fantastic event on Queensland’s sporting calendar and will be broadcast to more than 140 countries, showcasing the Gold Coast to a global audience,” Ms Stuckey said.
“Our state is renowned for hosting world class sporting events and the government understands the importance of tournaments like this in delivering significant economic and social benefits to the community.”
Gold Coast Sevens will be the first major tournament for teams following the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Russia in June.
The entire 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series schedule will be released by the iRB over the coming months. The 16 international teams set to compete at Gold Coast Sevens 2013 will also be confirmed following the conclusion of the current series.
Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate, said the Gold Coast was extremely excited to once again host Gold Coast Sevens.
“For the last two years Gold Coast Sevens has been a fantastic catalyst for enticing people to our vibrant city,” Mr Tate said.
“To have the first round of the HSBC Sevens World Series return again this October is an exciting prospect.
“Like all of our Rugby fans on the Gold Coast I can’t wait until the action begins on Saturday 12 October.”
ARU will announce further information regarding ticket on sale dates and prices, entertainment offerings, kick-off times and more over the coming months.
Gold Coast Sevens is proudly brought to the Gold Coast through a partnership between ARU, the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and Gold Coast City Council.
Tom Kingston was nearly a Sevens player five years ago, just as he entered the professional rugby ranks.