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the oktoberfest 7s

The Oktoberfest 7s

Rugby and Germany are usually not associated with each other. But the sport has a long tradition in Germany dating back to the 1870s and is practiced by 15,000 active players around the country. The city of Munich boasts two second Bundesliga rugby clubs and an annual amateur sevens tournament during the Oktoberfest has been held since 1978.

This year’s inaugural edition of the pro-tournament will be the first one played in the city’s iconic olympic stadium and will feature some of the world’s best national sides in sevens. Two days of seven-a-side rugby-action on the pitch and a party atmosphere on the stands of the ground will deliver the most spectacular rugby event Germany has ever seen.

Fans from around the world cheering on their respective teams are expected during tournament as well as the Oktoberfest itself, which is only a fifteen minute subway ride away. Twelve teams will be involved in the pro tournament, however there will also be an opportunity for amateur teams to participate. The pitches for the semi-pro and social competitions are only a short walk away from the main stadium, access to which will be included in the participation fee.

Further details concerning the amateur tournaments will be released in the coming weeks.

THE OKTOBERFEST

The Oktoberfest

The Oktoberfest nowadays is regarded as the biggest beer fest on the planet, drawing an annual six million visitors. The festival has its roots in the celebrations of the wedding of Bavaria’s crown prince Ludwig with Princess Therese in 1810. Over the decades Munich’s five biggest breweries started to use the annual celebrations on the Oktoberfest-grounds to showcase their special Oktoberfest-brews in gigantic beer tents holding up to 10.000 visitors each.

Nowadays about eight million beers are served in massive one litre glasses dubbed Maß or Stein over the 16 to 18 days of the Oktoberfest. This year’s edition will start on September 16th this year, putting the Oktoberfest 7s right in the middle of the celebrations. The Oktoberfest’s unique cheerful atmosphere perfectly compliments the tradition of having a good time at the sevens. As on the Oktoberfest itself, the tournament-organisers very much encourage fancy dresses in the party stand of the ground.

the teams

The teams

The inaugural Oktoberfest 7s tournament will feature twelve world class rugby teams all vying for the title in Bavaria’s scenic capital during the world’s biggest beer festival. While the full team line-up is yet to be announced, six of the world’s best sevens team have already been confirmed thus far. 

With Argentina, Australia, France and England already committed to play, four HSBC Sevens World Series sides are already on our Oktoberfest 7s roster. England, currently placed third in the overall standings, will be looking to compete fiercely, as well as Australia who will surely count among the strongest contenders for the inaugural title.

But don’t underestimate Ireland and the hosts Germany just yet. Both teams will be able to rely on strong support from the fans at the olympic stadium. The boys in green are also strong contenders for promotion to the world series next year; a feat Germany missed out on by a razor thin margin at the Hong Kong 7s this April.

the city of munich

The city of munich

Bavaria’s capital, Germany’s southernmost major city and the gateway to the alps: Munich is known as the country’s most scenic city and situated right in the heart of Europe. But it is also an economic hub for global companies such as Siemens, BMW and Allianz.

The city with its ancient center and its surroundings offers much more than just the Oktoberfest though, giving attendants of the Oktoberfest 7s the opportunity to make an extended brake in Bavaria’s south. The alps as well as countless magnificent lakes are within an hour’s drive from Munich and so is Neuschwanstein castle. The picture perfect example of the Romantic era architecture is nestled on a steep hill above the Alpsee lake and is widely regarded as the most beautiful castle in the world.

the venue

The venue

The inaugural Oktoberfest Sevens will be held at the iconic Olympic Stadium of Munich, Germany. The 69,000 capacity stadium was the main venue for the 1972 olympic games and also served as the home ground of Germany’s most successful soccer team Bayern Munich until 2005.

It underwent extensive refurbishments in 2010-2011 and continues to be one of the most popular sports and concert venues in all of Germany. Situated right in the middle of the olympic park and only a short subway right away from the very heart of Germany’s third biggest city, it offers perfect facilities for spectators and athletes alike.

the social tournament

The social tournament

An annual amateur rugby tournament has been held during the Oktoberfest celebrations by the local Munich Rugby Football club since 1978. This tournament will be incorporated as the ‚Oktoberfest 7s Classics‘ in the overall tournament proceedings, giving amateur players the opportunity to play themselves and watch the elite teams battle it out for the main title at the olympic stadium.

The pitches on which the Oktoberfest Classics will be held are a mere five minute walk away from the main stadium, which will also serve as the venue for the Oktoberfest Classics final. Amateur players will have tickets to the main tournament included in their participation fee.

Registration for the Oktoberfest 7s Classics social tournament is already underway and is being handled by the Munich Rugby Football Club. To register a men’s team follow this link. To register a women’s team please use the following link.

WHAT IS SEVENS RUGBY?

What is 7s Rugby?

Rugby is one of the most popular team sports around the globe with about 300 million fans following the game avidly. Apart from the traditional 15-man-version of the game, Sevens has been making huge gains in prominence and popularity around the globe recently.

The game has been played since its inception in 1883 in the Scottish town of Melrose, but its biggest leap in popularity came about in 2009, when Sevens Rugby was declared an olympic sport by the IOC.

It combines the traditional strengths of rugby – being a continuously flowing and hugely physical sport – with an added element of extreme pace and even more athleticism. Games are played with seven minutes halves only, therefore teams usually play three matches a day. Only seven players field the pitch for each team, giving the attackers acres of space and facilitating an attacking and high scoring brand of rugby.

The global Sevens-scene is more competitive than its traditional big brother. During the last season of the World Sevens Series six different teams won at least one of the ten tournaments, with Fiji taking the overall spoils. National teams of non-traditional rugby nations – like those of Canada, Kenya and to an increasing degree also the Oktoberfest 7s hosts Germany themselves – are competitive on a world stage and can beat world class teams on their day.

For spectators Sevens events offer non stop action over the course of an entire day and the opportunity to see world class athletes from around the globe perform with only short brakes in between games. Sevens rugby is known for its unique party-like atmosphere, which is fueled by friendly fans celebrating not just their teams, but the sport itself.

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