Set to woo South African fans
South Africa are among the sport's elite nations, and currently lead the standings in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
They will surely be one of the teams that hog the limelight on the pitch when the series comes here from April 16 to 17, and now Rugby Singapore Pte Ltd (RSG), the organisers, are looking for a South African presence in the stands as well.
In a move that will further strengthen its partnership with the South African Rugby Union (SARU), RSG yesterday announced the appointment of SA Rugby Travel as the official travel agent for the sale of HSBC World Rugby Singapore Sevens 2016 travel packages.
"Our partnership with SARU goes beyond just tickets and revenues, they have also been advising the Singapore Rugby Union (SRU) on technical areas on and off the pitch and providing Rugby Singapore the support for running the World Rugby Sevens coming to Singapore this April," said RSG chairman, Low Teo Ping.
"We had full access during last month's Cape Town Sevens when RSG commercial manager Douglas Danapal and operations manager Han Lee travelled to Cape Town to understand the tournament operations and rights delivery for local and global sponsors."
The partnership will also see young talent from the HSBC Singapore Sevens "Heroes in the Making" programme sent to South Africa.
"We have had a strong interest from South African fans and the corporate world to travel to Asia for world-class rugby since we launched SA Rugby Travel," said SARU chief executive, Jurie Roux.
The World Sevens Series moves to Sydney this weekend and then to Las Vegas, Vancouver, and Hong Kong, before arriving in Singapore.