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Captain’s photo prior to the HSBC SVNS Vancouver at Musqueam Cultural Centre on 21 February, 2024 in Vancouver, Canada.

Vancouver Hosts HSBC SVNS 2024: Antoine Dupont Debuts Amidst Top Rugby Sevens Action

Vancouver is poised to host the exciting fourth leg of the HSBC SVNS 2024, taking place at the iconic BC Place from February 23rd to 25th. This event will be marked by the debut of Antoine Dupont, the renowned World Rugby Men’s 15s Player of the Year in 2021, representing France in the SVNS for the first time.

The top 12 men’s and women’s rugby sevens teams globally have gathered in Vancouver, Canada, eagerly awaiting the start of the fourth round of the HSBC SVNS 2024. This prestigious event promises to showcase the skills and athleticism of the world’s elite Olympic rugby sevens players.

From February 23rd to 25th, these athletes will engage in a rigorous and exhilarating three-day competition at BC Place. The tournament is known for its high-energy matches and a lively, enthusiastic audience, creating a unique atmosphere under the stadium’s roof.

The competition officially begins at 11:30 AM local time (GMT-8) on Friday. A highlight of the opening day will be the much-anticipated debut of Antoine Dupont, the 2021 World Rugby Men’s 15s Player of the Year. Dupont is set to represent France in their first pool match against the USA at 14:36.

In the men’s category of the SVNS, Argentina currently leads the title chase, having secured two golds and one silver in the first three rounds. They sit atop the leaderboard with 58 points, holding a significant 14-point lead over both Fiji and Australia, who are tied at 44 points each.

The women’s competition has seen Australia establish themselves as the dominant force. After three rounds, they lead the standings with a 12-point advantage, sitting on 58 points. Trailing behind are New Zealand with 46 points, France with 44, and Ireland with 38.

Argentina, the reigning champions in the men’s division, will face off against Fiji, Spain, and host nation Canada in Pool A. Pool B features Australia, France, the USA, and Samoa. Pool C is set to be highly competitive, including Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, and Great Britain.

The women’s pools are equally challenging. Pool A includes the Perth champions Ireland, alongside New Zealand, Brazil, and South Africa. Australia, leading the SVNS 2024, is grouped in Pool B with the USA, Fiji, and Japan. Pool D comprises Great Britain, France, Spain, and the host team Canada.

The revamped format of the SVNS competition promises even more thrilling on-field action, with high stakes and dramatic moments. Fans attending the event can also look forward to a variety of entertainment options and fun activities around the venue.

The HSBC SVNS 2024 calendar features seven regular-season events – hosted in Dubai, Cape Town, Perth, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Singapore – culminating in the Grand Final in Madrid.

Action in Vancouver kicks off at 11:30 AM local time (GMT-8) on Friday with pool matches, and the final game of the day is scheduled for 20:46. Saturday’s play resumes at 10:15 AM, concluding with the quarter-finals starting at 15:55 and the last match at 19:28.

The finals day, Sunday, will commence at 10:15 AM, with semi-finals beginning at 11:59 AM. The event will reach its pinnacle with the women’s and men’s finals scheduled for 16:43 and 17:23, respectively.

Fans worldwide can follow the HSBC SVNS action, available through various broadcaster partners or online via RugbyPass TV.

The final tickets are on sale, starting at $75 plus taxes and fees, at Options include single-day tickets as well as two and three-day passes.

True to the rugby sevens tradition, fans are encouraged to participate in the festival spirit that defines SVNS, donning their most colorful and imaginative fancy dress costumes.

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