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Next stop for the Sevens? Hong Kong!

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irbsevens.com and James Mortimer     13 Feb 2013     Getty Images

The last remaining 4,000 tickets reserved for public sale were distributed today via the HKRFU’s first ever public ticket ballot. At the close of the registration period for the ballot, a total of 25,154 applications had been made for 49,602 tickets, showing the overwhelming support that the event continues to receive.

"The HKRFU welcomes the continued strong public demand for the Hong Kong Sevens. The public ballot has helped us to more accurately quantify the demand for Sevens tickets for the first time. This information is an important verification in our drive to work with all relevant parties for the development of a larger stadium in Hong Kong," said HKRFU Chairman, Trevor Gregory.

"Public demand for Sevens tickets far exceeds the capacity of the Hong Kong Stadium, but the HKRFU is hopeful that the switch to a public ballot has at least offered all applicants an equal opportunity to purchase tickets, whilst at the same time offering a more convenient method for interested spectators to apply for these tickets.

"We again would like to thank the Hong Kong community for their continued and outstanding support to the Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens."

Hong Kong's tournament will feature 28 international teams for the first time in its 38-year history, accommodating one competition for the current 15 core teams and Asian champions Hong Kong, and a second competition for 12 qualifiers from the six IRB regions, all bidding to make it through to the core team promotion / relegation battle at round nine of the Series, the Marriott London Sevens.

The official tournament draw for Hong Kong will be held on Thursday 21 February 2013, in Hong Kong.