Day One at the London Sevens
I had a meeting at Twickenham this morning but it meant that I could stay and watch the London Sevens which I have loved going to for the past five years. Arriving at 10:30am I was amazed at how many people were walking up from Twickenham station for what was the beginning of a two day tournament. After all, the main action wouldn’t be until tomorrow when the Cup, Plate and Bowl competitions start in earnest. But it was almost like a crowd arriving for a full international except that most of the people were in Beach attire or other fancy dress.
I came out of Rugby House after my meeting at about 1:30pm and there were people everywhere and when I got into the stadium the bottom and middle tiers looked to be pretty full which is about 50,000 people.
The atmosphere was brilliant with everyone in party mood, but what struck me was the fantastic support that England got. I can’t remember Swing Low being sung with such gusto at the London Sevens before, which demonstrated how much Sevens and this tournament has grown in popularity in the past couple of years.
Despite the support England had a disappointing day. A close thing again USA, a surprise loss again France and a draw against Argentina meant that they went into the Bowl competition, but it didn’t dampen the mood of the crowd. The London Sevens is about mixing top international rugby with having a party. Everyone wants to win but having a good time is more more important.
Whatever tomorrow brings, players and supporters alike will have fun.