- HSBC SVNS event arrives for the first time in Perth, Western Australia on 26-28 January
- Australia’s women are aiming for a hat-trick of tournament wins and will face Canada, Great Britain and South Africa in Pool A
- Argentina lead men’s SVNS standings ahead of South Africa, Fiji, New Zealand, Ireland and hosts Australia
- Blockbuster entertainment line up with over 20 artists performing in festival atmosphere
- Last remaining tickets are available at svns.com from only AUS$35
The captains of the best 12 men’s and 12 women’s rugby sevens teams in the world were soaking up the sun in Western Australia on Wednesday ahead of the hotly anticipated third round of HSBC SVNS 2024 which takes place in Perth on 26-28 January.
Players and fans can look forward to three action-packed days of rugby sevens and buzz-filled nights at HBF Park where fireworks can be expected on and off the pitch as the SVNS festival experience arrives in Perth for the first time ever.
The new-look SVNS competition format means there will be more excitement, jeopardy and drama on the pitch than ever before and fans can look forward to a wealth of entertainment – including headline music acts – around the venue too.
Australia’s women will head in to the event brimming with confidence having dominated the opening two rounds with victories in Dubai and Cape Town in December. They lead the standings, six points ahead of France and New Zealand and are set to go for a hattrick of titles on home soil where they will face Canada, Great Britain and South Africa in Pool A.
Rivals and reigning Series and Olympic champions New Zealand will meet USA, Ireland and Japan in Pool C, while France, Fiji, Brazil and Spain will compete in Pool B of the women’s competition.
The men’s SVNS title race is wide open with Argentina the current standings leaders after claiming gold in Cape Town and silver in Dubai, however South Africa, Fiji, New Zealand, Ireland and hosts Australia all sit within six points of each other, with Australia reaching the final last time out in Cape Town.
Argentina will take on Dubai champions South Africa in Pool A along with Canada and Spain. While Australia’s men will play Ireland, Great Britain and USA in an exciting looking Pool B. Double Olympic champions Fiji face reigning Series title holders New Zealand as well as France and Samoa in a very competitive Pool C.
Australia women’s captain Charlotte Caslick said: “It’s really exciting to be playing in Perth for the first time and it’s been great to see all the support around the city this week.”
“As a team we’re super excited for the chance to play at home and look forward to seeing plenty of gold in the stands over the weekend.”
Argentina men’s captain Santiago Álvarez said: “We are very happy to have played the first two tournaments very well, but the season is very long and we still have some things to correct.
“We are enjoying it and trying not to feel the pressure of being at the top. This year is more competitive than ever, every team is very tough and we must be very focused and keep doing what we have been doing until here.
“We are very impressed with Perth, with the city, the beach, the sun and the good atmosphere around here and we are looking forward to getting into the stadium this weekend.”
New Zealand women’s captain Risi Pouri-Lane said: “The team are really pumped to start this Olympic year. It’s the first time here in Perth and we’re really looking forward to it.
“A lot of the girls have a lot of family here so we know we are going to have heaps of support here and we are looking forward to getting started.”
Australia men’s captain Nick Malouf said: “There’s no feeling like being able to represent your country on home soil.
“We’ve had a great week of preparation here in Perth and I know the whole team can’t wait to get out there in front of our supporters on the weekend.”
The teams will be playing for the honour to lift the newly created HSBC SVNS Perth men’s and women’s trophies which received a warm welcome as they were unveiled in front of the captains by the designers Peter Farmer and Thierra Clanton respectively on Wednesday.
The action gets under way at 12:00 local time (GMT+8) on Friday with pool matches throughout the day until Australia v Great Britain bring down the curtain with the last match of the day kicking off at 21:13.
Play restarts at 10:00 on Saturday with the last round of pool matches before the quarter-finals take place from 15:26, with the last match kicking off at 19:25. Finals day on Sunday will begin at 10:45 with the semi-finals from 12:22 and the event reaches its finale with the women’s and men’s finals at 17:13 and 17:53 respectively.
Fans can watch the HSBC SVNS action wherever you are in the world, either via broadcaster partners or online on RugbyPass TV.
Along with epic rugby sevens action there will be fantastic food offerings, interactive activities and a beach club to bring the party vibes. HSBC SVNS has a blockbuster entertainment line up with over 20 artists bringing the soundtrack for a weekend to remember.
Peking Duk, Hot Dub Time Machine, and Coterie are some of the big names set to get the party pumping. More information on the entertainment line up is available here.
The last remaining tickets to party with some of Australia’s best entertainers, indulge in some epic food offerings and watch the worlds greatest rugby sevens players, are available from only AUS$35 at SVNS.com. In keeping with rugby sevens tradition, fans are encouraged to wear their best and brightest fancy dress costumes, with a beach theme anticipated over the weekend as styled by the captains on Wednesday.