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March 29, 2007

The Rugby Diaries

Friday, March 30, 1:35pm: After begging your neighbour’s cousin’s client’s sister, you have finally scored Sevens tickets, not to mention the all-important box pass. Time to celebrate and pre-game with a little pre-match lunch. Ruck it up in style at the Chinnery (Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Central, 2522 0111) Or just get down to business at Stormies (46-50 D’Aguilar St., LKF, 2845 5533) in LKF (may as well secure your chair for the post-game). You’ll be well fed, warmed up and ready to hit the pitch by 4:30.

Friday, March 30, 9:45pm: The hot dogs and popcorn didn’t quite fill your beer belly, and you’ll need to pad the playing field for the night’s activities. Race to score a table at Va Bene (17-22 Lan Kwai Fong, LKF, 2845 5577) to carb up, Wagyu (60 Wyndham St., Central, 2525 8805) to beef up, or the new Pickled Pelican (43 Wyndham St., Central, 2868 6026) to just plain load up (Carlsberg “Yard Glasses” will be on special for HK$40!).

Friday, March 30, 11:55pm: The party is just getting started at Dragon-I (60 Wyndham St., Central, 3110 1222), M1NT (108 Hollywood Rd., Central, 2261 1111) and Kee (6/F, 32 Wellington St., Central, 2810 9000), but don’t stay out too late! You’ll want to make it to bed in time to get some shuteye before tomorrow’s matches. Note: Screaming children in the corporate boxes do not mix well with hangovers.

Saturday, March 31, 9:30am: Brunch, glorious brunch. Meet your group at Jaspas (28-30 Staunton St., SoHo, 2869 0733) for some tasty eggs and Bloody Mary’s or Peak Café Bar (9-13 Shelley St., SoHo, 2140 6877) for a view of the shockingly sober non-rugby fans going about their Saturday morning on the escalator. Up and down, up and down.

Saturday, March 31, 11:15am: After losing your box pass the night before, you sip on some Pimm’s to ease the wait while your friend runs up to “borrow” someone else’s pass from a neighbouring box.

Saturday, March 31 5:05pm: Everyone thinks they’re crashing at chez toi? Uh, think again. The rugby hooligans can sidestep it right over to the Lanson Place (133 Leighton Rd., Causeway Bay, 3477 6888), a boutique hotel in Causeway Bay, where the lobby feels like a living room and they’ll feel right at home (and even better, they’re not in your home!). The Causeway Bay location makes it in perfect proximity for stumbling back to the stadium the next day.

Saturday, March 31, 7:30pm: No invite to the tents? Ouch that hurts. Ease the pain and dig into some desperately needed bar food at McSorley’s Ale House (55 Elgin St., SoHo, 2522 2646). Why end the party now? Make your way to MO BAR (Landmark Oriental Hotel, Central, 2132 0077, 6pm -10pm only) to take part in their “Exotic Beer Special.” For HK$45 you can guzzle an ale (or two!) from your team’s hometown.

Saturday, March 31, 11:05pm: Stalk (er, support) your favorite team as they wind their way through the crowded streets of LKF and Wan Chai. Bulldog’s Bar & Grill (17 Lan Kwai Fong, LKF, 2523 3528) offers an excellent bird’s eye view, while Mes Amis (83 Lockhart Rd., Wan Chai, 2527 6680) will have you right in the middle of the action. Maybe you’ll even spot your favourite hooker. Rugby hooker, Miss Dirty Mind!

Sunday, April, 1 4:30am: Who am I? Where am I? You should be at the Flying Pan (9 Old Bailey St., SoHo, 2140 6333) devouring a full fry up or living large at Big Ernie’s Diner (33 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, 2520 5303) with a burger and onion rings.

Sunday, April 1, 9:30am: What are they kidding calling you at this hour? It must be April Fool’s Day… only a fool would get up this early to watch a match.

Sunday, April 1, 11:00am: Alright, you’re awake, you’re coming. No time for lazy brunches today. Swing by Krispy Kreme (51 Elgin St., SoHo, 2810 7010) on the way to the stadium for a sugar buzz that will have you in a scrum in no time.

Sunday, April 1, 6:40pm: Are you still standing? Do you feel more aches and pains than the second row? Looks like you survived the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens! Celebrate with a foot massage at Happy Foot (1/F, 2-4 Tsoi Tak St., Happy Valley, 2573 3438) (tell them to concentrate on the liver!), or even better, with a pillow, your sofa, and a bottle of water.

T-minus 36 hours until kick off, let the ruck-us begin!

Hong Kong Rugby Sevens
Hong Kong Stadium, Causeway Bay
Friday, March 30, 4:30pm – 9:15pm
Saturday, March 31, 10:30am – 7:15pm
Sunday, April 1, 9:45am – 6:40pm
For more information, visit: http://www.hksevens.com
For enquiries, contact: 2504 8311, info@hksevens.com


Dim Sum & Then Some cannot guarantee availability at any of the above mentioned establishments. Please enjoy the Rugby Sevens weekend responsibly.

All rugby photos courtesy of the Hong Kong Sports Photography Association.



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