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Nelson Mandela Bay gears up for rugby party



This year’s South African Sevens Tournament will be hitting Nelson Mandela Bay with full force on Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th of December in a whirlwind of top-class international Sevens action, electrifying live entertainment and a carnival atmosphere that has earned the event the title of “rugby’s biggest party”.

The Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens is the third leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series which consists of nine tournaments held around the world between October and May every year, kicking off with Australia before moving on to Dubai, South Africa, New Zealand, USA, Hong Kong, Japan, Scotland and finally England in a Grand Prix-style circuit.

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium will see 16 international teams tear up the turf in one blisteringly fast, high-octane game after the next to determine which team has the mettle to take home the SA Seven’s cup trophy. Rugby Sevens is renowned for being a super-fit and fast version of rugby union and is certain not to disappoint.

South Africa won the 2008/09 Series and was runner-up in 2010/11. Our Springbok Sevens who are known affectionately as the Blitzbokke only managed fifth last season but the guys are amped for this round and ready to do their country proud.

Scores of people from all walks of life – Sevens fans, sports enthusiasts, families, students, party animals or holiday makers – are expected to flock to the NMB Stadium for the weekend to experience first-hand why Rugby Sevens players are known as the superheroes of the rugby world.

The Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens will feature live entertainment by DJ Reddy D, The Graham Watkins Project and Good Luck, not to mention a host of professional dancers, impersonators and crowds of people dressed up in a multitude of crazy costumes.

This year will also see the addition of the “party stand” – an area dedicated exclusively to Sevens party animals who are more interested in the dress up and the carnival atmosphere than the sport itself.

Rugby Tens fans will also be excited to know that this year, for the first time the PE Tens tournament will kick off on Friday the 7th December and overlap with Sevens, thus adding to the overall carnival atmosphere.

Tickets start at R80 and will be available from www.computicket.com.Watch your local press or visit www.sarugby.co.za for more details.

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