The Hong Kong Rugby Union has confirmed their National Men’s team will defend their title at the 2015 Hottest 7s in the World at Rugby Park in January.
Having also won in 2002, Hong Kong will look to become just the fourth team in the 27 year history of the tournament to taste success in the Croc Division for a third time.
Success would see them join Daveta, Potoroos and Borneo Eagles as three time Croc Champions.
The Dragons will arrive in Darwin on the back of stellar performances on the ARFU Asian 7s circuit.
Tournament wins at home in August followed by victories in Malaysia and China in September and October where Japan and South Korea finished either runner up or third will set a platform for a positive start to their 2015 campaign.
The Singapore Rugby Union is bringing both their National Men’s and Women’s teams to Darwin for the first time.
The Lions also compete on the ARFU Asian 7s circuit and were twice runner up in the Plate and a Semi Finalists in the Bowl.
At last month’s Beijing tournament Hong Kong and Singapore were drawn in the same pool with the city/state going down 33-0.
An exciting newcomer to the Hottest 7s comes from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
International sports management company NewStar and the Noosa Dolphins Rugby Club have joined forces to create Matai NewStar Sports who are a specialist sevens team which compete in events around Australia.
They were recent winners of the Plate at the Noosa International 7s after losing the Cup Final of the Brisbane 7s.
NewStar’s conqueror at Chipsy Wood was Tribe 7s who have indicated their intention to return to the Top End after a strong performance on debut earlier this year where they were beaten 17-5 in the Quarter Finals by Hong Kong.
Regular crowd pleasers the Borneo Eagles are set to compete in their sixth Hottest 7s which has netted them three titles and a runner-up cheque.
Defending Buff Champion the Country King Browns will be appearing in their eight Hottest 7s.
The Country King Browns have also entered a team in the Jabiru Division for Women with Bo de la Cruz recruited to spearhead the side for their inaugural tournament.
With a prize pool of $60,000, the Hottest 7s in the World is the richest tournament in the Southern Hemisphere.
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