This is the Blue Ribbon event on the circuit. The atmosphere is electric and the crowd in the South Stand is especially loud.

If you want to create a rugby tour to remember, add these locations to your list… We asked the rugby stars to reveal their favourite stadiums

 

WESTPAC STADIUM, New Zealand

Chris Cracknell, assistant coach for Fiji Rugby Sevens team and ex-England captain

“As a player my favourite tournament was always the Cake Tin in Wellington. It was where I won my first tournament with England. I loved playing in front of a hostile crowd. The atmosphere in Wellington and that victory will always make it one of my favourite venues.”

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Westpac Stadium – aka the Cake Tin

 

PETCO PARK, San Diego

Ben Gollings, ex-England player and World Sevens all-time points scorer

“My favourite stadium to play in was Hong Kong and my other was Petco Park in San Diego as something different. It’s not often you get to play rugby in a baseball stadium. It encapsulates what Sevens is as a game – it can be played anywhere.”

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HONG KONG STADIUM, Hong Kong

Mike Friday, USA head coach

“This is the Blue Ribbon event on the circuit. The atmosphere is electric and the crowd in the South Stand is especially loud. My favourite moment there was when I was playing for England. We became the only country to win four Hong Kong Sevens titles in a row by beating Fiji after the hooter had gone in 2006.”

 

HONG KONG STADIUM, Hong Kong

Simon Amor, England head coach

It is the tournament everyone wants to win most. It is an amazing city that comes alive for the tournament. There is also a big expat support base out there, so it is very much a home from home for England. I also love how close the stands are to the pitch, which helps create an incredible atmosphere. As a player you feel as if the crowd is on top of you. The South Stand is also pretty unique.”

 

KINGS PARK, Durban

James Forrester, ex-England XV and Sevens player

“It’s not on the circuit anymore, but it’s a massive stadium with an unbelievable atmosphere. This tournament in 2001 was my first cap at any level so it was a special tournament for me.”

KINGS PARK
The historic Kings Park

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