West Indies to make debut in Hong Kong
February 6, 2001

The West Indies is to field its first-ever team in a high profile international rugby event at the Hong Kong Sevens in March, it was announced Tuesday.

The West Indies will join a line up of 24 nations, also likely to include
Russia, competing in what has become the largest tournament on the Sevens
rugby circuit.

Prior to the event, in which teams play seven minutes each way, the Windies
will have only competed in minor international fixtures.

The three-day event, which kicks off on March 30, is also likely to attract
around 700,000 spectators, making it one of Hong Kong's leading tourist

Current Cup holders New Zealand will be defending their title at the Hong
Kong Stadium for a slice of the 150,000 US dollars prize money.

The full line up includes: Arabian Gulf, Argentina, Australia, Canada,
China, Chinese Taipei, England, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea,
Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia (tbc), Samoa, Singapore, Sri Lanka,
South Africa, Thailand, USA, Wales and the West Indies.

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