Who Will Win the 2021 Hong Kong Sevens
The 2021 Hong Kong Sevens tournament will be the 45th edition of the tournament. This year’s (2020) tournament will be held in the following year (2-4 April 2021) due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last year (2019) saw Fiji win the tournament with a 21-7 victory over France in the final.
After winning last year’s tournament, Fiji will be going into this year as one of the favourites. Head coach Gareth Baber will believe his talent-filled squad will be enough to win the tournament again. He has the likes of Meli Derenalagi, Sevuloni Mocenacagi and Alasio Naduva ready to be released on the rest of the competition.
New Zealand are currently leading this year’s Sevens World Series with 115 points to their name due to winning the Hamilton, Cape Town and Vancouver tournaments. They finished in sixth place in last year’s Hong Kong Sevens and will be desperate to improve this year. Head Coach Clark Laidlaw has players such as Tone Ng Shiu, Sione Molia and Jona Nareki who are all world-class Sevens players.
South Africa have also had a successful 2020 Sevens campaign after winning the Los Angeles and Dubai tournaments. Neil Powell is their head coach and has been in the job since 2013. He’s won the 2016/17 and the 2017/18 tournaments since having been appointed. Last year’s Hong Kong Sevens campaign was disappointing for South Africa, however, they will definitely be a dangerous side this year.
England also had a disappointing 2019 Hong Kong Sevens campaign losing to Australia in the 5th place playoff. This year, England are sitting in 5th place in the overall standings with their best finish coming in third place in Dubai. They have top players such as Dan Norton, Phil Burgess and Tom Mitchell who are all capable of breaking down opposition sides.
Other teams outside the betting favourites who could become a dark horse and be in contention of winning the Hong Kong Sevens tournament are sides such as the USA, Australia, Samoa and last year’s runners up France.