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07 July 2016 | in World University Championships, Rugby

7th WUC Rugby Sevens has started



SWANSEA – Yesterday the 7th World University Rugby Sevens Championship was officially opened. The opening ceremony began with British Universities & Colleges Sport CEO, Vince Mayne welcoming everyone to Swansea saying: “Rugby is very important within the overall sports programme in universities in the UK. The FISU Rugby 7s have been a key stepping stone for many senior 7s players who are now in contention for Olympic selection for Rio. To the players, play well and Good Luck."

After his rousing speech, the participating countries marched past the crowd with nominated players parading their flags.  The teams were welcomed by Professor Steve Wilks from Swansea University, representing the LOC, many of whom had travelled great distances to compete in Swansea. He said: “The diversity, culture and passion that you bring to this event will help ensure these Championships are an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.” Coleen Dufrense, CE member of FISU then addressed the crowd and said: “Best of luck to all the teams, compete hard, do your best and enjoy the wonderful Welsh hospitality.”

The Lord Mayor of the City and County of Swansea Councillor David Hopkins then officially declared the WUC Rugby Sevens open, followed by the FISU flag being raised and the playing of the FISU anthem, the official symbol of the WUC being opened.

The ceremony ended with Lenaig Corson, of the French women’s team and Patrick Kwok, Hong Kong Rugby Union taking the athletes and official oaths. 

The colourful and moving ceremony drew to a close with the powerful singing of Welsh songs by the Morriston Orpheus Male Voice choir.

To watch all matches live, visit www.youtube.com/FISUTV from 9am BST 7 July.

Follow results and the conversation on social media #WUCrugby7s2016 or via the event twitter account.


(Source WUC Rugby Sevens OC)