In a special campaign for the 40th year of Sevens in Hong Kong, the HKRFU and KMB have teamed up to present the "Rugby on the Road" campaign. A special KMB Rugby Bus – a double-decker decorated in the Hong Kong Team livery – has been in service around Hong Kong, and making special stops at Sevens-themed events where fans and the public enjoy a range of rugby-related activities, including rugby-themed games and interacting with players from the Hong Kong national rugby teams as well as visiting teams and Official Hong Kong Team mascot Wai Bei. Free face painting and several chances to win tickets to the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens have added to the occasions.
In the weeks leading up to the 2015 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens and Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Women's Sevens, the special KMB Rugby Bus has been in service on Route 104 (between Kennedy Town on Hong Kong Island and Pak Tin in the north of Kowloon), spreading the message around the territory that rugby is part of the whole Hong Kong community. During the tournament, the KMB Rugby Bus will operate on Special Route 117R (Hong Kong Stadium to Bute Street, Mong Kok) from an hour before the end of match days.
The HKRFU/KMB 'Rugby on the Road' community engagement campaign is a key part in the HKRFU's aims to encourage awareness of the sport and make Rugby A Game for All in Hong Kong.
Visitors to the events will get to meet members of the many international rugby teams in Hong Kong for the tournament, including players from Samoa, Tonga, Spain and South Africa. The international players will take pictures with the special KMB Rugby Bus as well as with an original 1949 vintage bus.
The official Hong Kong Team mascot, Wai Bei, will be on hand to encouraging members of the public to test their rugby precision, speed, and hand-eye-coordination in interactive games (with Hong Kong Sevens tickets on offer for the top scorers in each game), and to help give away other rugby gifts.
Visitors can take photographs with the players and get autographs. There will also be opportunities to take 'selfies' and group photos with the Hong Kong Sevens Cup – the Gerry Forsgate Quaich – as well as several fun Sevens-themed cut-outs, including of disco giants The Village People, who will perform for the Sevens crowd at Hong Kong Stadium on Saturday.
14 March (Sat) 10am- 4pm Sai Kung Promenade
23 March (Mon) 10am-4pm Tsim Sha Tsui Cultural Centre Piazza
Check out photos from the events! (click the image to go to a gallery)