Moscow continues to attract world class sporting events and June 28th through June 30th at the Luzhniki Stadium, the sixth RWC Sevens took place. The BBC was appointed as the official hospitality provider for the event and together with the IRB and Russian Rugby Union worked on providing a fully catered package for Rugby Sports fans not only resident in Moscow but from all over the world. 24 menâs and 16 womenâs teams from as many countries battled the heat and the thunderstorms with New Zealand finally winning both categories.
In the side pitches the Russian Youth Rugby www.rugby- fund.ru was playing its own tournament and we will surely see some of these players coming from this group to represent Russia in the future, especially now that Rugby Sevens has been accepted as an Olympic event.
It was these young players that were the inspiration for the BBC to choose a charity to donate ALL of the proceeds that were made from the hospitality. The BBC raised 800,000 RUR for Russian Youth Rugby and wishes all the budding Rugby playersâ success in the future development of Rugby in Russia.
Jonathan Tubb, Director of the BBC