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7 reasons to love the Hong Kong Sevens

CNNGo.com 03/23/2011 19:46
Hong Kong's Tom McQueen scores against Wales at the Hong Kong Sevens last year.

Hong Kong's Tom McQueen scores against Wales at the Hong Kong Sevens last year.


It's the most anticipated sporting event of the year, with good reason. Seven good reasons, in fact



1. Watching England lose

The Hong Kong Sevens -- which takes place from March 25-27 -- is one of the few world-class international events that come to this sports-starved part of the world.

The action on the pitch is first-class. Best things about it: watching Australia lose, watching England lose, watching the Pacific Island nations like Fiji and Samoa turn it on.

This year, watch out for the Hong Kong versus Wales grudge match, sure to be dramatic after Hong Kong's underdog win against them in 2010. Besides, Hong Kong coach Dai Rees used to be the Wales coach.

"There were newspaper headlines back in Wales about me beating the team that had asked me to leave," says the coach about his Hong Kong team's win over Wales last year.

2. Strapping units

Some of the most eye-catching athletes in the world will be here for the Hong Kong Sevens, hurtling up and down the field like a pack of excited adolescent tigers.

Check them out at "Hot rugby players: The real winners of the Hong Kong Sevens" to see what we're talking about.

Or see them in all their glorious flesh at the W's "What Women Want" fashion show where this year the Spanish team will strip off their shirts in the name of charity. Catch Hip Hong Kong's Flickr photostream from last year's event when the Italian team took the stage.

"What Women Want" March 23, 2011. HK$398 ($450 at the door). Steal a kiss from a Spanish rugby player for just HK$50. All proceeds to Vision First, a Hong Kong based-charity promoting the welfare of asylum seekers and refugees. Reservations call +852 3717 2222 or email livingroom.hk@whotels.com.

Some like the balls, some like the men holding the balls.

3. Street walker fashion OK

Where else can you wear that full body lycra suit that highlights your perfect physique without causing a sex riot? The costume displays in the Hong Kong Stadium's South Stand are so bizarre, you would fit in.

The usual suspects for costume choice are Spartans, Greek gods in togas, Mario Brothers. The best costume of the weekend headlines the South Morning Post -- last year it was the characters from the Hangover, complete with baby.

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