Rugby Union: Plan Ahead

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HONG KONG and international seven-a-side rugby have now become inseparable and this year's tournament, over the weekend of 26 and 27 March, will prove popular now that the covered 40,000- seat Government Stadium in Happy Valley has been completed.

Ireland and Scotland will be among the 24 teams and the President's VII is likely to comprise English and Welsh players. Western Samoa, however, will be there to defend their first title.

The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union have appointed five official agents in Britain to supply tours and tickets to the sevens. Popularly, the tour operators provide packages that combine Hong Kong with trips to Bangkok and Bali and island resorts in Thailand, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Tours can also be tailor-made. On the Wednesday and Thursday preceding the sevens, the Carlsberg 10s for clubs will be held at the Hong Kong Rugby Club.

Tickets for the two-day tournament are guaranteed, though the price has not been finalised, but should cost HKdollars 350-375 ( pounds 30- pounds 33).

Cathay Pacific Hongkong Bank Invitation Sevens, 26-27 March.

Government Stadium, Happy Valley, Hong Kong Island.

Rugby Travel, 9 York Street, Twickenham TW1 3JZ (Tel: 081-892 0011). Five nights Hong Kong tour from pounds 895 for twin share; four-centre tour (Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Bali) from pounds 1,150.

Sport Abroad Ltd, The Travel Centre, Wix Hill House, West Horsley, Surrey KT24 6DZ (Tel: 0483-225000). Five nights from pounds 899; four other combined tours available.

International Events, Rugby House, Upper Chase Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 2BU (Tel: 0684-576787). Six nights from pounds 789; six other tours available.

Gullivers Sports Travel, Fiddington Manor, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire GL20 7BJ (Tel: 0684-293175). Five nights from pounds 899; three other tours available.

Mike Burton Sports Management, Bastion House, Brunswick Road, Gloucester GL1 1JJ (Tel: 0452-419666). Six nights from pounds 923; five other tours available.

Hong Kong Tourist Association, 125 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5EA (Tel: 071-930 4775).

Hong Kong Rugby Union, Block A, 14th floor, Watsons Estate, North Point, Hong Kong (Tel: 010 852 5660719; fax 010 852 5807 3840).