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World Club Rugby 10s Singapore 2014

The newly renovated National Stadium in Singapore, a modern and beautiful state of the art sports stadium, recently hosted the World Club Rugby 10s Singapore tournament on 21st and 22nd June 2014. The Rugby 10s game is a mixed/balance between the Rugby Union 15 players code and the Rugby 7s code and it was my first time watching Rugby 10s in action! I went on the 2nd day of the World Club Rugby 10s Singapore, the experience shooting from the sidelines was simply awesome and breathtaking! Nothing beats being up close and personal to the high adrenaline action on the field! The rules are similar to the 15 players code, therefore, I was able to relate and understand most of the Rugby 10s action on the field!

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Being a sports photographer on the sidelines of the new National Stadium was a dream come true, shooting from the sidelines inside this magnificent sports stadium! Not only was the rugby 10s action exciting, the view from the ground level of the National Stadium was really cool and awesome! It was a dream fulfilled to feel how a sports photojournalist felt like in a world class sports stadium and I am looking forward to more sports photography inside the National Stadium in the future!

I am very grateful to the social media folks of MCCY – Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth for the kind and wonderful arrangement to visit the World Club Rugby 10s Singapore 2014!


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Action from 64th SCC Rugby 7s

Rugby 7s at the Singapore Cricket Club (SCC), in its 64th year of play, a great sporting event in Singapore that has gained international recognition and following. Over 3 days of high octane, fast, furious, passionate and beautiful attacking rugby 7s action at the Padang, Singapore was treated to a great festival of rugby and sporting carnival.

Starting on a Friday, 4th November 2011, the pool action kick started till Saturday. It wasn’t just the big boys in action, the ladies teams were playing, along with the school boys, providing continuous sporting action on the grounds for the crowds to enjoy. Besides the sports, there’s the sideline carnival festivities of food and drinks.

Many teams from different parts of the world coming back to Singapore to play in the 64th SCC Rugby 7s, although one of the crowd favourites, the South Africa Vipers wasn’t able to join this year, some teams returned back to Singapore playing in the SCC Rugby 7s again, the Swedish Vikings with their awesome Viking Hats whenever they ran on to the pitch! The French connection consisting of French Development and NAPTHA Pyrenees7s, this was their maiden debut in the SCC 7s competition! These teams provided more flair and spectacle to the SCC 7s!

Shot over 2 days, Saturday and Sunday, great to watch and enjoy the rugby matches at the same time. Check out my sports photography of the 64th SCC Rugby 7s on my Flickr , SCC Rugby 7s 2011 – Day 2 and SCC Rugby 7s 2011 – Day 3. For more information into the history and heritage of the SCC Rugby 7s, do drop by their website and the information is available there!

 

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The Ablitt Cup Competition, fought between Daveta and Borneo Eagles, was a great game that lived up to the reputation of fast flowing attacking Rugby 7s, hard fought, passionate, fast paced, fierce and competitive. Daveta from Fiji came up tops and they are the 64th SCC Rugby 7s Ablitt Cup holders! Congratulations to them for a great fight, sporting spirit and passion! Let’s all look forward to the 65th year of SCC 7s in 2012 and will love to watch Daveta coming back to defend their crown!


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64th SCC Rugby 7s is here from 4 – 7 Nov 2011 !

Welcoming back a great and exciting sporting spectacular to Singapore’s sporting calendar, the 64th edition of the Singapore Cricket Club (SCC) Rugby 7s ! The SCC 7s will be starting today, Friday 4th November 2011 at the Padang, with many great rugby 7s teams from all over the world coming to Singapore for this exciting and wonderful competition !

I was invited to the SCC International Rugby 7s press conference on 2nd November at the Padang, an opportunity to meet Captains from defending champions HSBC Penguins, French National team, Fiji team Daveta, listening to their views of the upcoming SCC 7s and autographing a rugby union ball and a SCC 7s 2011 jumper too! Quality, talented and exciting rugby 7s teams would be in Singapore and they would be providing great sporting action to all here and around the world too! It’s a great line up with high octane action on the fields !

The draw has been made and here is the draw for the Pools

Source : Singapore Cricket Club International Rugby 7s 

The Pools competition schedule for the 64th SCC 7s can be found here in pdf format. For more information, here are the links

– Official Website : Singapore Cricket Club International Rugby 7s

– Facebook : The SCC 7s

 

This is an exciting weekend ahead for sports fans! Here’s some photos on Flickr that I captured during the 60th SCC Rugby 7s  at the Padang! For more exciting and adrenaline sporting rugby 7s action, head down to the SCC 7s at the Padang from 4 to 6 November 2011 !

A rugby union match @ The Padang

I was walking down from the City Hall area, walking towards Esplanade via the Padang. It was a beautiful evening and the Padang surroundings were peaceful without the hassles of traffic jams.

From far, I spotted rugby union action ! Being in a rugby world cup carnival mood, I was thrilled to be watching live rugby union action again. Haven’t been watching rugby union matches live since my maiden visit to a Rugby Union Test Match in 1999 when the Springboks was playing the Wallabies in Brisbane.

I sat down for a while to enjoy the sports action but my sports photography instincts, spring me into action. I set up my DSLR with my telephoto lense, with AI SERVO settings with 5 FPS High Speed action and started snapping away. I confessed this sports match was my 1st in sports photography (took racing cars before though) and it wasn’t that good, need to master my telephoto lense better and further.

Some rugby union action photos:

 
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Mauling !

 

 

Second Rowers fighting for the ball in a line-out

After the match, I walked towards the Esplanade, turning back, I saw the beautiful Supreme Court Building in the evening light with the Padang in its foreground.

By the way, Singapore Cricket Club Rugby 7s would be in action on 27th to 28th October. Do check out their official website ! Time to hone my sports photography skills !