Lions to host a Rugby Sevens half-time game

On June 22 during the BC Lions and Saskatchewan Roughriders game at Empire Field, the BC Lions is proudly showcasing the exciting sport of rugby sevens and supporting the Abbotsford International Sevens Event by hosting a half-time game between the Dog River Howlers and the Pacific Tyee, a select team of Canadian National Sevens Team Members.

Phil Mack, Canada’s Sevens Player of the Year and National Team Captain, and the legendary Waisale Serevi, commonly referred to as the ‘King of Sevens’ will be joining in  this historic game.

“Abbotsford International Sevens humbly began with hosting two international teams from Kenya and the West Indies. Abbotsford Sevens has grown to include the B.C. Summer Sevens Series circuit, and is sanctioned by the B.C. Rugby Union and Rugby Canada.

Rugby Sevens, a variation of traditional rugby that involves only seven players and is now an official Olympic sport, only attracts players of the highest calibre.

Canada’s largest international rugby sevens tournament is gaining momentum faster than B.C.’s wildfires. In only its third year, the Abbotsford International Sevens has earned the support of renowned players and grown to include a women’s division, domestic division of 40 teams and an international elite division, which includes British Army (United Kingdom), Kenya (Kenya), Canadian Maple Leafs (Canada), Fijian Ambassadors (Fiji), Mexico (Mexico), Tongan Ambassadors (New Zealand), Bayside Fiji Select, Dog River Howlers (Canada), Burnaby Lake Lighthouse (Canada), Cayman Islands (Cayman Islands), Old Puget Sound (United States), South Sea Connection and Valley High (Canada).

The Abbotsford  International Sevens is a sport and entertainment festival complimented with exhibitions, live entertainment, renowned DJ’s, the Russell Club House, an ethnic food fair, a family fun zone and a week of after-parties. The Abbotsford International Sevens will be taking place on July 23.

For more information, visit www.abbotsfordsevens.com , follow @Abbotsford7s on Twitter or join their growing fanbase on Facebook.