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Hong Kong Sevens - The first tournament began in 1974 and there would have been no Women's and Men's 2016 Olympics if this sevens event had not fostered the popularity of the sevens rugby game worldwide. This weekend, there are three, separate events, totaling 40 teams.

1. Women's Qualifier - Already won by Japan who will become the 12th core team in 2017-2018.

2. Men's Qualifier - Twelve teams compete for the core team designation next year. The competitors are: Papua New Guinea, Germany, Uruguay, Uganda, Spain, Guyana, Namibia, Spain, Tonga, Chile, Hong Kong, and Sri Lanka. Spain, an Olympic participant, are the favorites.

3. Men's HSBC World Rugby  - Round seven of the 2016-2017 ten city event continues tomorrow after a one match, opening pool play. South Africa, with four championships, lead the standings with England (two victories) in second place.

The USA defeated Russia 14-7, and will play Scotland and Argentina next.

Dan Norton Breaks 7s Scoring Record - England 's sevens ace, Dan Norton, scored his 245th try against South Korea in Hong Kong to break the record. Close behind in second place is Kenya's Collins Injera.

Women's Club Gold Cup Action - The Women's Mid-Atlantic and Midwest conferences will compete this weekend at the Poole Road Rugby Complex in Raleigh, NC.

Northern Virginia v. Chicago North Shore - Saturday, April 8

Raleigh Venom v. Detroit Rugby - Saturday, April 8

Northern Virginia v. Detroit Rugby - Sunday, April 9

Raleigh Venom v. Chicago North Shore - Sunday, April 9

England's Aviva Premiership Attendance Rises -  The 12-team professional league is up almost seven-percent from last year. Ther average is 12,496 compared to 11,696 in 2016.