Thursday, January 27

The best rugby to 7 in Europe arrives in Elche

After last year’s suspension due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a competition that is played in two-half matches of seven minutes each, with seven players per team, returns, allowing you to enjoy a more dynamic and spectacular rugby. than rugby at 15.

With the exception of the British teams in England and Scotland, who cannot travel due to the obligation to keep quarantine, the cream of Europe will arrive in the city of palm trees.

In the men’s category, the teams of France, Ireland, Spain and Germany participate, together with the Zastava Rugby Club of Saint Petersburg, current champion of Russia. The classic Viator Barbarians team, made up of Spanish and foreign players, will not miss the Elche appointment either.

In the men’s category, the cast of great participants will be made up of two Irish teams, Ireland and Ireland White, Spain, Poland, Belgium and the Viator Costa Blanca team, also made up of outstanding Spanish and foreign players.

On Friday will be the reception of all the teams and the competition, organized by the Elche Club Rugby Union, in collaboration with the Department of Sports of the City of Elche, will be held throughout the entire Saturday and Sunday, from eleven o’clock the morning until six in the afternoon uninterruptedly, in the Amorós Palao field of the Juan Ángel Romero Sports City.

The previous phase will be a league of all against all. The top two finishers will play the semifinals and the grand final will take place on Sunday, at 5:00 pm for the female team and at 5:30 pm for the male.

The VI edition of the International Rugby Tournament at 7 “Elche 7s” is going to be held in compliance with all regulations on capacity and anticovid measures. There will be no box office to dispense tickets and they can only be purchased online, through the official tournament page «».

The 2019 women’s final was starred by Ireland and France. | MATÍAS SEGARRA

Free admission for children

The pass for the two days of competition costs 15 euros and the single tickets for Saturday and Sunday are worth ten euros. Children under the age of ten who are accompanied by an adult will have free access.

The competition promises strong emotions to be matches in a very short time. A priori, the French teams, which were the champions, both in the men’s and women’s categories, in the last edition of 2019, start as favorites. But the Irish teams will arrive in Elche wanting revenge, after being a finalist on the last occasion that the Elche tournament was held.

For their part, the Spanish team will also try to make things difficult for their rivals. “The Lions” were at the gates of the final in the last tournament, after losing in the semifinals against Ireland and then third and fourth place with Scotland.

The Spanish women’s team will try to improve the sixth place in 2019, which shows the high level of this tournament from Elche.

Unlike the previous edition, the matches will take place on the Amorós Palao field, where Elche Club Rugby Unión usually plays its matches, instead of at Díez Iborra, which is now occupied by Elche First Division football.

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