Pub Charity Sevens to kick off with Christian Cullen

Photosport     22 Dec 2007     Photosport

Sixteen teams, including newcomers Tasman, will compete for national honours on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 January at the Queenstown Recreation Ground, home of the Wakatipu Rugby Club.

The other participating teams are 2007 Cup champions Auckland, Bay of Plenty, 2007 Cup finalist Canterbury, 2007 Plate champions Counties Manukau, Hawke’s Bay, Horowhenua Kapiti, Manawatu, North Harbour, 2007 Shield champions Northland, Otago, Southland, Taranaki, Waikato, 2007 Bowl winners Wellington and West Coast.
Next year’s event will be the fifth year in a row that New Zealand’s adventure capital will host the event. Otago RFU Chief Executive Richard Reid said Sevens rugby remained popular. “We had fantastic crowds over the two days in 2007 and we expect the locals and holidaymakers to come out and enjoy the weekend’s rugby action and other entertainment.

“This event provides our provincial players the opportunity to challenge themselves against the best from around the country but also to be noticed by national coach Gordon Tietjens for New Zealand Sevens selection.”

Sevens with Altitude Chairman Clark Frew is excited by the prospect of another great tournament. “Each year the tournament has grown in excitement and entertainment both on and off the field. This year will be no different with many new tournament initiatives planned to boost what is already a fantastic event.”

As in previous years there will be a special guest at the Tournament. Christian Cullen who sparked his international career with the National Sevens Team before becoming one of the finest attacking fullbacks ever to wear the All Blacks Jersey, will be hosted by the tournament organisers.

Frew said “It is great to have Christian here as he was one of the best exponents of the sevens game and until recently was the top All Blacks try scorer.” SKY Sport will once again have live and delayed coverage of the two-day event.