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 London Sevens - It's HQ But Better 
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London Sevens - It's HQ But Better
by: Barnaby Harrison

Most of the time Twickenham hosts normal 15-a-side Rugby games. The ground is often chilly grey and has somewhat of a dull vibe and this is the case regardless if the home team are winning or losing. It's a difficult stadium for teams to go and win and very special for all who attend. However, the sea of wax jackets and farmers caps worn by a lucky attendees, who have paid the highest prices in world rugby don't produce the wildest of modern sporting atmospheres.

Let's flash forward to the London Sevens

Rugby HQ (aka Twickenham) in May, a week before the end of the season, Twickenham takes on a different guise and for a weekend as the sun beats down on TW1. Fans of 16 Nations descend on Twickenham and instantly the stale autumnal colours are replaced with the colours of Kenya, Portugal, Canada, USA and the usual powers of world rugby. The London Sevens leg of the IRB World Sevens Series arrives in town and for two days Twickenham rocks like no other time of the year. The seats are cheap at only £10 for the whole day; the old place is expecting 100,000 people across the weekend supporting their players from around the world.

The 7s circuit is known for people enjoying a beer or two but London Sevens more than that. You can expect groups of people dressed as doctors, nurses, animals, and of course this year more than ever Superheroes; it certainly does not feel like the standard outing at Twickenham. For one weekend of the year, the South Stand is akin to its famous cousin in Hong Kong as the volume grows to a crescendo as the finals take place on the Sunday night.

With thousands of fans from all around the world taking in the rugby as one, sharing a drink and burger as friends of the game of rugby. More often than not dressed in fancy dress, singing local songs and enjoying a style of rugby that certainly hasn't been seen at Twickenham for a few years in the fifteen game.

For just one weekend of the year put to one side what you have heard about Twickenham, don't think of old goats snacking on crudities and sipping red wine in the west car park with range rovers, consider that the sun will be shining and the Olympic sport of Rugby 7s takes the big stage in the worlds most famous rugby stadium. I highly recommend going to the London Sevens and enjoying noise, colour and of course the worlds best rugby sevens protagonists at the IRB London Sevens (May 22nd/23rd)

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Barnaby is a enthusiastic Rugby Sevens fan who is hoping to use the world wide web to make some noise about Rugby Sevens. Barnaby played Rugby for a number of years before a knee injury forced him to retire. Barnaby now divides his time between coaching and writing about the beautiful game.
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