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First time participant Rugby Québec Sr. Women won the title in the Hong Kong Women's Premier Division.

Presented by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York (HKETONY), the 2015 New York Rugby Sevens (NY7s) Tournament​ drew to a successful close at Randall’s Island on November 28, with a record 139 teams from the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Fiji participating.

On the first partnership with the New York Rugby Club, Director of HKETONY Steve Barclay said the Hong Kong Sevens has become a mega international sporting event, attracting a global contingent of rugby players and fans. The U.S. rugby team has been participating in Hong Kong for decades.

Players and spectators posed for photos with the life-size illustrations of the Hong Kong Sevens at the tournament's fan zone.

“The global excitement is building ahead of the rugby sevens Olympics debut at the Rio 2016 Summer Games. My office is pleased to present the Men’s and Women’s Premier as well as the High School divisions of the NY7s – the longest running sevens tournament in the U.S.,” said Mr. Barclay.

This marked the first tournament sponsorship of the high school divisions. The Canadian teams emerged the biggest winners. First-time participant Rugby Québec Sr. Women won the title in the women’s premier division. Toronto Rugby Reds Boys and Eastern Ontario Rugby Union were the champions of the high school boys and girls divisions, respectively. U.S. team Atlantis Rugby won the coveted premier girls' high school trophy.

New York-based Northeast Academy won the title in the men’s premier division. The team has won the title three years in a row. 

The tournament, with more than 250 scheduled games spanning 10 divisions, attracted about 2,000 people, comprising players, match officials and spectators. At the tournament fan zone, HKETONY presented vibrant, life-size illustrations of the Hong Kong Sevens by Hong Kong-based artist Harry Harrison. Players and spectators posed for photographs and shared them on the Facebook page “Hong Kong Meets America.”

New York-based Northeast Academy won the title for third consecutive year in the Hong Kong Men's Premier Division.

Toronto Rugby Reds Boys are the Hong Kong High School Boys Division champion.

Eastern Ontario Rugby Union are the Hong Kong High School Girls Division champion.

US team Atlantis Rugby won the coveted Hong Kong Premier Girls' High School trophy.

 

Rugby action at the 2015 New York
Rugby Sevens Tournament

 


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