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Belgian Rugby: International 7s meet at Heysel

13:11 14/06/2013

Not only is Rugby 7s growing in popularity, the successful results of Belgian teams is raising eyebrows across the rugby world. The Mens' team returned home from Israel at the beginning of June carrying the European Championship trophy (first leg), while the country’s Ladies' team similarly brandished the prize for the European Division A championship. All good reasons for flocking to the King Baudouin Stadium to cheer the national team on to victory. The stakes are high. Winning this Div A Championship will send Belgium up into the Grand Prix Series to play with the ‘bigs’ of European 7s in the 2013/2014 season.

For the second leg of the championship Belgium is welcoming 36 nations to the Brussels stadium, including the Netherlands, Lithuania, Cyprus, Sweden, Poland, Israel, Czech Republic, Denmark, Serbia, Croatia and Moldova. During the action-packed and fun weekend there will be a short ceremony to congratulate the Ladies on their result on the Sunday.

For the as yet uninitiated, Rugby sevens is a rugby union variation with teams of seven players instead of the traditional 15. They play shorter, less technical matches that make for more open and exciting play. It is now recognised as an Olympic sport, and will make its debut at Rio de Janeiro in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

For the European Championships, The Bulletin has two-day tickets to give away. Go to our Facebook page for details.

Come on, Belgium!

Tickets: €10 one day; €15 two days

June 22 & 23, 10.00-18.00

Written by Sarah Crew