In the shadow of the NHL playoffs another major sporting tournament is taking shape locally. Canada’s largest international rugby sevens tournament is fast gaining momentum.
In only its third year, the Abbotsford International Sevens has earned the support of renowned players and grown to include a women’s division, domestic division of 40 teams and an international elite division, which includes:
British Army (United Kingdom)
Canadian Maple Leafs (Canada)
Fijian Ambassadors (Fiji)
Tongan Ambassadors (New Zealand)
Bayside Fiji Select
Dog River Howlers (Canada)
Burnaby Lake Lighthouse (Canada)
Cayman Islands (Cayman Islands)
Old Puget Sound (United States)
South Sea Connection
Valley High (Canada)
Abbotsford International Sevens humbly began with hosting two international teams from Kenya and the West Indies. Abbotsford Sevens has grown to include the BC Summer Sevens Series circuit, and is sanctioned by the BC Rugby Union and Rugby Canada. Rugby Sevens, a variation of traditional rugby that involves only seven players and is now an official Olympic sport, only attracts players of the highest calibre.
The Abbotsford International Sevens is a sport and entertainment festival complimented with exhibitions, live entertainment, renowned DJ’s, the Russell Club House, an ethnic food fair, a family fun zone and a week of after-parties.
The Abbotsford International Sevens will be taking place on July 23, 2011. For more information, visit www.abbotsfordsevens.com , follow @Abbotsford7s on Twitter or join their growing fanbase on Facebook.