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For a summary of the first Cape Town Sevens tournament, we interviewed United World Sports’ President Jonathan First, who attended the annual conference of all nations competing in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

Rugby Today: Stadium observations?

First: The Cape Town Stadium is first class, built for the South African-hosted FIFA World Cup. It seated 55,000 fans and was filled to 100% when South Africa played. Other times, about 95% of capacity.

Rugby Today: In-stadium hospitality?

Wide aisles between rows made for comfortable seating. There were many luxury boxes, which offered a wide array of delicious food at reasonable prices. The city was delighted to host this tournament for the first time.

Rugby Today: Home town crowd reactions?

Fantastic. The sevens team has its own nickname, Blitzboks (as opposed to the fifteen’s Springboks) and the crowd cheered them on to a repeat victory.

Rugby Today: Sevens discussions?

First: Everyone excited about the Rio Olympic Games this August, and the anticipated media bump worldwide for rugby.