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Rugby sevens' big bash in the Far East

updated 4:50 PM EDT, Thu March 27, 2014
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Hong Kong provides the social showpiece of the HSBC Sevens World Series
  • The rugby tournament has been running for four decades
  • Fiji has won the title for the past two years

CNN's Rugby Sevens Worldwide show follows the circuit through nine cities. Click here for times, videos and features.

(CNN) -- The annual sporting jamboree is the highlight of the social calendar for rugby fans who flock to the Hong Kong Stadium in their thousands.

Fancy dress and beer-fueled boisterousness are the order of the day for many of the 40,000-strong crowd as a party atmosphere descends on the city for three days at the end of March.

On the pitch, 28 teams will battle it out in a total of 71 matches with defending champions Fiji looking to repeat their recent success at the Japan Sevens.

Read: How to survive the Hong Kong Sevens

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