The fifth annual Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens ¬– the biggest rugby participation event in Africa – promises non-stop action for young and old when it kicks off on Friday at Andrew Rabie High School in Port Elizabeth.

The opening day will see teams battle it out in the U/19, U/15, men’s open and old boys’ pool games, with the finals and corporate touch rugby matches on Saturday.

According to organisers, a number of former Springbok, Springbok sevens and Currie Cup players will be participating in the ever-popular 10-a-side old boys’ category.

“Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens is going to be a feast of family entertainment,” said organiser Laurence Finn. “It’s a great way to kick off the summer season.”

He said more than 1 200 players would provide spectacular rugby across the board. There will also be food and retail stalls, a beer tent and kids’ adventure zone with jumping castles, rodeo bull, gladiator and giant slides.

On Saturday, the Nashua skydiving team will touch down on the main field at 3.30pm and Glen Webster will provide live entertainment for thirsty spectators in the beer tent.

Gates open at 8am daily with the first matches starting at 9am on Friday and 8am on Saturday. The final whistle blows at around 7pm on both days.

The prize-giving will follow on Saturday evening, with championship trophies for each age category as well as individual prizes for players of the tournament and leading try scorers.

Puma gear and other sporting prizes to the value of R90 000 will also be up for grabs.

The Supersport television crew will be on site to cover the event.

Entrance fees are R30 for adults and R10 for scholars. Tickets are available at the gates.

For more information, phone Laurence on 084 507 3175, e-mail or visit

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Full Stop Communications

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Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens