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Rugby Sevens proves popular with spectators

The massive interest generated by the crunch pool games involving New Zealand, South Africa and Australia has resulted in tickets being sold out at the Delhi University Stadium ahead of the Rugby Sevens event that will kick-off on Monday. The biggest-ever gathering of the world's top-10 international sides has led to Delhiites planning their break around the Rugby Sevens competition and buying tickets well in advance.  It is expected that the newly-built 10,000-capacity stadium near the Delhi University Vice-Chancellor's office will now witness the world's leading Sevens nations engaging in a battle for supremacy in front of a full house.

Fans of the sport will get to see world number one New Zealand looking for their fourth Commonwealth Games gold medal on the trot, with England, Australia and South Africa also fancying their chances.

"We were expecting a lot of people to come in and watch as all the top teams are playing in Rugby Sevens, but the event being sold out is terrific news," Indian skipper Nasser Hussain said. "This is the best Rugby action that will be on display in the history of Rugby in India. For all the people who couldn't get tickets, do watch it on TV. With top teams like South Africa, Wales, New Zealand in action, don't blink - you might miss a try or a thunderous tackle. Rugby Sevens is fast and is a fantastic spectator sport," he added.

This news is now being hailed as a big confidence booster for the sport's future in the country. International Rugby Sevens is a sold-out affair not just in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Australia or South Africa, but all over the world.
"Lots of people in Delhi known to me have bought tickets for the game. That's great and really exciting. The field is really going to be strong. But we are ready for the challenges and are looking for some great Rugby action in front of the home crowd," concluded Indian player Amit Loachab. - PTI