The penultimate round of the HSBC Sevens World Series takes place at Glasgow’s Scotstoun Stadium on the 4th and 5th May 2013 and in the build-up to the event rugby fans in Edinburgh shared in the excitement when they caught a glimpse of the coveted Series trophy in their local HSBC branch as it tours round Scotland.
With anticipation building for the Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens next month, Scottish player, Chris Cusiter accompanied the Series trophy to the Edinburgh branch to meet staff and budding young rugby fans.
Speaking from Edinburgh, Chris Cusiter commented: “Today has been fantastic in Edinburgh. I am a big fan of rugby sevens and have followed the HSBC Sevens World Series so far and it has proved to be an exciting season so I am honoured to be able to accompany this highly sought after trophy across Scotland in the build-up to the Glasgow Sevens.
“I’ve really enjoyed chatting to the young Scottish rugby fans about sevens and seeing them get excited about the Glasgow tournament next week. I hope all my fellow Scots get behind the Scotland Sevens team in Glasgow, which is a crucial tournament for the side in the overall HSBC Sevens World Series standings.”
Interim CEO for HSBC in Scotland, Doug Baikie, added: “HSBC has a long-standing investment in rugby around the world from the pinnacle of the British & Irish Lions Tour and the HSBC Sevens World Series to the thousands of children who are introduced to rugby for the first time through HSBC’s numerous community rugby programmes.
“We are delighted to welcome the Series Trophy to the Edinburgh branch today as the Scottish leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series draws closer. It was great to see so many customers and fans turn out to have their picture taken with the trophy and Scottish rugby legend Gavin Hastings.”
The HSBC Sevens World Series is the pinnacle of international sevens rugby and a globally recognised sporting event featuring nine tournaments around the world. The Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens will be crucial this season in deciding which of the current teams will need to re-qualify as core teams next season. Scotland are currently joint 12th with the USA in the Series standings and are close to the danger zone.
Following Glasgow will be the final round of the Series, the Marriott London Sevens on the 11th-12th May, where the core teams ranked 13th, 14th and 15th after Glasgow, will play off for three available core team places next season, a scenario every core team wishes to avoid.
The HSBC Sevens World Series trophy tour is visiting four of Scotland’s major cities this week, taking in Glasgow, Dumfries, Edinburgh and Dundee.
HSBC and Rugby
HSBC has a long-standing investment in rugby around the world from the pinnacle of the British & Irish Lions Tour and the HSBC Sevens World Series to the thousands of children who are introduced to rugby for the first time through HSBC’s numerous community rugby programmes.
As the first ever title sponsor of the IRB’s premier Sevens Series, title sponsor of the Asian 5 Nations and the first ever Principal Partner to renew their sponsorship of the Lions, HSBC is perfectly positioned in their commitment to the continuing growth of the game.
These sponsorships, amongst other more localised rugby partnerships, will allow HSBC to continue building long lasting relationships with its key stakeholders and also allow HSBC to further engage and motivate its employees and the internal audience.
Over the coming years, HSBC is dedicated to the international growth of the game from grassroots to the top flight, helping rugby to achieve its true potential of bringing together different people from different cultures through a shared love of the game.
HSBC has a long association with the sport of rugby around the world.
Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s
Scotland are hosting the penultimate leg of the circuit, for a second year, at The Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s, which will take place at Scotstoun Stadium on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May 2013.
The Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s is part of the HSBC Sevens World Series. The event, led by Scottish Rugby, is a partnership with Glasgow Life, Glasgow City Council, the Scottish Government and Event Scotland with the assistance of sportscotland and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau:
- The HSBC Sevens World Series is a globally recognised event featuring 16 international teams and visiting cities across the world.
- Glasgow joins the Gold Coast, Dubai, Port Elizabeth, Wellington, Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and London in hosting the competition between 2012 and 2014.
- Scotstoun Stadium will host 30,000 fans over two days of competition in the penultimate leg of the series.
- Glasgow is the host city of the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and the HSBC Sevens World Series is a key part in creating a legacy for the games.