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UPDATED: 08:16, June 08, 2006
7s rugby returns to Budapest
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International rugby will be coming to Budapest, the capital of Hungary, with stage five of the International Rugby Board (IRB)'s newly instigated European Sevens Series (ESS) being held at Margaret Island on June 10-11.

As part of the Budapest Sevens 2006 International Rugby Festival, the 10 national sevens teams competing for ESS points and the Budapest Sevens Cup are Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia& Montenegro and Slovakia.

Rugby is one of the world's most popular and fastest growing sports, and is played in all continents around the world. At all levels - school, club, amateur, and professional - the sport is currently enjoying sustained growth in terms of participation and viewing audience.

Rugby's showcase is the Rugby World Cup - is the third largest tournament in the world after the Olympic Games and the Football World Cup.

The world governing body is the IRB, which is based in Dublin, Ireland.

The ESS is part of the IRB's annual sevens competition for Europe's 30 rugby nations, run in conjunction with the FIRA-AER, the game's governing body for Europe.

In addition to the IRB licensed tournament, the Budapest Sevens is also running a more social tournament for invited club teams from around Europe.

This year's International Invitational Sevens (IIS) competition will see teams from Ireland, the UK, Switzerland, Holland, Nigeria, Moldova, and host nation Hungary.

All proceeds from the Budapest Sevens will go towards establishing a new Central European Rugby Academy to be based in Budapest, said the organizer.

The rugby academy will aim to recruit, develop, and support the best young rugby talent (age 14-23) in the region, and to ensure funding and exchange programs to "rugby nations" like Ireland, the UK, and New Zealand, in order to precipitate Central Europe's long term rugby development.

Source: Xinhua

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