Conversations That Matter: Here come the 7’s

Jamie Levchuk, managing director of the HSBC Canada Sevens, talks about the sports phenomenon.

Jamie Levchuk, the managing director of the HSBC Canada Sevens. Stuart McNish / PNG

The Rugby Sevens are coming. Look out and get ready to have fun.

The Sevens, as they are affectionately known, are a hot sports entertainment property. The game is a shortened and intense version of rugby. While the Sevens look like rugby, that’s because there are players attempting to move the ball down the field and across the goal-line, using the same rules as the full blown game on the same field. But that’s where the comparison ends.

The Sevens condense everything from the number of players a team — seven — to the number in a scrum, three per team, and just five substitutes. There are two seven-minute halves and everything on the field happens faster. When one game is over, another starts.

It’s a snap, snap, snap tournament.

The fun seeps off the field and into the stands. Fans dress in costumes, wave flags, jump up and down, paint their faces and thrill in the excitement both on the field and in the seats.

We invited Jamie Levchuk, managing director of the HSBC Canada Sevens, to join us for a Conversation That Matters about the sporting phenomenon that is sweeping the globe.

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