“After the resounding success of last month’s Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, which drew world record-breaking capacity crowds of 50,000 each day, anticipation is high that the global Rugby community will unite again in March for an irresistible feast of international Rugby Sevens at its breath-taking best and a unique carnival atmosphere at the wonderful venue,” said Rugby World Cup Sevens Tournament Director Beth Coalter.
She added: “With three months to go until kick off, Dubai 2009 is on track to be the best Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament to date. Everything is in place to deliver a world class tournament and I am sure that the 40 teams and the thousands of traveling fans from all over the world will experience an event to savour."
Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009 is shaping up to be extremely competitive. The opening rounds suggest that the 2008/09 Series will be closely fought with Kenya, Portugal and USA announcing themselves as genuine contenders alongside the likes of South Africa, New Zealand, England, Fiji, Argentina and Samoa.
The women’s competition promises to be no less competitive with the global qualification process providing more than its fair share of surprises with Thailand upsetting one of the tournament favourites, Kazakhstan, to qualify from Asia and Brazil’s women defeating Argentina to become the first qualifiers for the prestigious tournament.