England march on, under IRANZ Resource Coach Eddie Jones, they are destined to set a new record of 19 consecutive victories. Italy at Twickers, Scotland at “my field” will not bother them and Ireland in Dublin will be mouth-watering for the British media, but in my view those games are a fait accompli.

Following the Sydney leg of the World Rugby 7's circuit, I remember the Wellington Sevens which used to be such a fantastic spectacle. It is not a good omen for Justin Lester, the new Wellington mayor, that his city’s biggest public event has been destroyed by over-zealous policing.

There are some magnificent rugby locations around the world.

Newlands, at the foot of Capetown’s Table Mountain, is one that immediately springs to mind. There is another, probably less known, but certainly hard to beat – and that is Kapiolani park in Hawaii.

Where were the spectators and the occasion?

Olympic medals and new coaches and selectors have motivated players far and wide, but have unfortunately failed to have the same effect on the promotors and the 7's audience.

The fun factor is always king! Especially in the game of 7s, it has been integral to the game’s success at venues around the world.

Although the game originated in the Scottish border town of Melrose in 1883, the real fun began in Hong Kong, 40 years ago. It has since become the global tournament template. And who would have thought? Such a spectacular and serious city in a very serious world, yet during the first Hong Kong Sevens tournament, harmless fun & frivolity ruled, and has done ever since.

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