Cape Town Sevens Rugby – A look back
Stellenbosch was host town of the Cape Town Sevens Rugby in 1999. It was then moved to Durban for the next two seasons and for nine seasons from 2002 until 2010 it was held at George before moving to Port Elizabeth in 2011. Now, since 2015, Cape Town has become the home of Sevens Rugby. This year, South Africa take on New Zealand at the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point. Supporters are bracing for the much anticipated season after South Africa lost to England 19–17 in the breath-taking final in the 2016/17 season.
Where did it all start?
The World Sevens Series was created by the International Rugby Board to spread the love of the game around the world. However, it was first introduced in the 19th century by a Scottish butcher and his apprentice after a meeting took place for a fundraising sports day.
On 28 April 1883, seven clubs took part in the Melrose seven-a-side tournament, with the time of each match limited to 15 minutes. The tournament drew the attention of the public and about 1,600 tickets were sold.
Where do I get in on the action?
Tickets are still on sale at Computicket and Checkers. The cheapest tickets are up for grabs for only R150, while prices go up to R200 and R300 respectively – depending on seating area in the Cape Town Stadium.
Travel packages for fans travelling from abroad are still available. The Cape Town stadium is perfectly located in the bustling suburb of Green Point. Make the most of this season and don’t miss out on any of the action. Cape Town comes alive as supporters fill the streets to and from games. Be sure to find the best Green Point accommodation and stay in close proximity to the Cape Town Stadium.
South Africans hold their breath
Prior to England’s win over South Africa last year, South Africa has won three consecutive years. This time, South Africans hold their breath as the Springboks try to bring the cup back home.