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Dress to impress for the Hong Kong Sevens

Hong Kong SevensThe Hong Kong Sevens event is known for its party atmosphere in the stands as much as for its entertainment on the pitch. It forms part of the Rugby Sevens World Series.

Dress to impress for the Hong Kong Sevens

1989Dating back over 40 years ago, it is one of the most iconic events on the rugby calendar, with everyone — even the referees (pictured) — willing to embrace the tournament’s festive spirit.

Dress to impress for the Hong Kong Sevens

1992Those novelty sunglasses won’t always be needed — the weather can be unpredictable, with heavy rain often the forecast across the three-day event.

Dress to impress for the Hong Kong Sevens

1992… but the fans are willing to dress accordingly.

Dress to impress for the Hong Kong Sevens

2001The crowd at the competition routinely tops 120,000 over the three days, and the same numbers are expected again this year.

Dress to impress for the Hong Kong Sevens

2001The 40,000-seater Hong Kong stadium should be at near-maximum capacity.

Dress to impress for the Hong Kong Sevens

2001With the addition of a qualifying event, Honk Kong It is the largest leg of the series with 28 teams competing over the weekend.

Dress to impress for the Hong Kong Sevens

Despite not having competed in any of the world series events so far, South Korea has been invited to join the tournament and will compete in the group stages.

Dress to impress for the Hong Kong Sevens

Dress to impress for the Hong Kong Sevens

2004It’s the seventh leg of the 10-tournament series, which takes place across six months.

Dress to impress for the Hong Kong Sevens

2006The championship, which started in Dubai in December, concludes in London in May.

Dress to impress for the Hong Kong Sevens

2007Fijian sevens legend Waisele Serevi, who competed at the Hong Kong Sevens on a number of occasions, told CNN that “I start to get goosebumps when you talk about the atmosphere in Hong Kong.”

Dress to impress for the Hong Kong Sevens

2008He said that the crowd “gives you more energy. Even when you are tired, it gives you more energy.”

Dress to impress for the Hong Kong Sevens

2009“Even if you have some pain, or knee injury or arm injury, whatever … when you hear the people shouting when you are running onto the field you feel a lot of energy — you want to perform,” says Serevi.

Dress to impress for the Hong Kong Sevens

2012Throughout the years, the array of outfits have never failed to disappoint.

Dress to impress for the Hong Kong Sevens

2012With everything from the classic superhero costumes…

Dress to impress for the Hong Kong Sevens

2014To the outright weird.

Dress to impress for the Hong Kong Sevens

Dress to impress for the Hong Kong Sevens

2017But South Africa is favorite this year having won four of six tournaments in the world series so far.