Hong Kong Sevens: Rugby fans through the decades

Updated 1211 GMT (2011 HKT) March 13, 2019
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The Hong Kong Sevens event is known for its party atmosphere in the stands as much as for its entertainment on the pitch. It forms part of the Rugby Sevens World Series. LAURENT FIEVET/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Dating back over 40 years ago, it is one of the most iconic events on the rugby calendar, with everyone -- even the referees (pictured) -- willing to embrace the tournament's festive spirit. Russell Cheyne/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Those novelty sunglasses won't always be needed -- the weather can be unpredictable, with heavy rain often the forecast across the three-day event. Simon Bruty/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
... but the fans are willing to dress accordingly. Simon Bruty/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
The crowd at the competition routinely tops 120,000 over the three days. Nick Wilson/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
The 40,000-seater Hong Kong Stadium is regularly at full capacity.
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With the addition of a qualifying event, Hong Kong is the largest leg of the series with 28 teams competing over the weekend. Nick Wilson/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Hong Kong's party atmosphere has set a precedent for other World Series tournaments, most notably London and Las Vegas. MIKE CLARKE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
It's the seventh leg of the 10-tournament series, which takes place across six months. MIKE CLARKE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
This season's championship, which started in Dubai in November, concludes in Paris in June. SAMANTHA SIN/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Fijian sevens legend Waisele Serevi, who competed at the Hong Kong Sevens on a number of occasions, told CNN that "I start to get goosebumps when you talk about the atmosphere in Hong Kong." Andrew Wong/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
He said that the crowd "gives you more energy. Even when you are tired, it gives you more energy." LAURENT FIEVET/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
"Even if you have some pain, or knee injury or arm injury, whatever ... when you hear the people shouting when you are running onto the field you feel a lot of energy -- you want to perform," says Serevi. Victor Fraile/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Throughout the years, the array of outfits have never failed to disappoint. ANTONY DICKSON/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
With everything from the classic superhero costumes... Mark Kolbe/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
To the outright weird. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Fiji has won the tournament more than any other nation, including the four most recent editions. ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images