Hong Kong Sevens: Ben Gollings named in “Magnificent Seven”

Former England captain named in Hong Kong dream team with former All Blacks star Jonah Lomu and Fiji's Waisale Serevi

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Former England Sevens star Ben Gollings has been named in an all-star team ahead of this weekend’s Hong Kong Sevens.

The sixth round of the HSBC Sevens World Series marks the 40th Hong Kong Sevens and the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union have named the best seven players to have played at the prestigious tournament.

Hong Kong is a fantastic tournament, the Mecca of sevens, and so many world renowned rugby players came to prominence playing for their teams here in Hong Kong.

Scott Hastings on the Hong Kong Sevens

At the anniversary dinner in Hong Kong, the HKRFU named Gollings, 34, as one of “Magnificent Seven” players who have lit up the tournament over the years with their skills and athletic prowess.

Gollings, who competed in 70 tournaments on the world series between 1999 and 2011 and is the all-time points scorer in the abbreviated form of the game, is joined in the team by All Blacks trio Jonah Lomu, Christian Cullen and Eric Rush, Australia centurion David Campese, China captain Johnny Zhang, and Fiji star Waisale Serevi.

As well as his prowess on the Sevens circuit, which saw him win the Hong Kong Sevens four times and compete in two Rugby World Cup Sevens and three Commonwealth Games, Gollings made over 100 Premiership appearances for Harlequins, Newcastle Falcons and Worcester between 1999 and 2004 before playing club rugby in Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

After a coaching spell with Rugby Lions in Warwickshire and Sri Lanka 7s, Gollings joined Severi’s Seattle-based Severi Rugby programme as a partner and coach.

Former Scotland international centre Scott Hastings, one of the guest speakers at the anniversary dinner, made his Sevens debut in Hong Kong in 1986 and is now a regular commentator on the world series.

“As a former player, spectator and now a commentator it was a fantastic trip down memory lane,” Hastings said.

“Hong Kong is a fantastic tournament, the Mecca of sevens, and so many world renowned rugby players came to prominence playing for their teams here in Hong Kong.

“It was a great honour to be involved in a room with so many friends and colleagues from around the world, and I have no doubt more memories and more names will continue to be made this weekend.

“Congratulations to the HKRFU for igniting the week ahead of this wonderful three days of competition.”

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