March 27 (Bloomberg) -- New Zealand beat England today to win Hong Kong’s rugby sevens tournament, the world’s premier event in the shortened version of the game.
New Zealand triumphed in the final of the three-day tournament, with a 29-17 victory over England.
Twenty-four teams took part in this year’s tournament, sponsored by Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. and Credit Suisse Group AG. The Hong Kong competition offers a prize of $100,000 to the winning team, $25,000 to the runners-up and $12,500 to the semi-finalists, and offers the most points out of the tournaments on the world circuit.
Kenya won the shield, Canada took the bowl and South Africa was awarded the plate after they were eliminated from the cup contest. Hosts Hong Kong were beaten by China in the quarter finals.
Before the Hong Kong event, England and New Zealand jointly led the IRB World Sevens Series with 80 points, followed by Fiji and Samoa with 64 points and South Africa on 56. The next tournament is in Adelaide, Australia, on April 2 and 3.
The IOC has included the rugby sevens in its program and the sport will debut in the Rio de Janeiro games in 2016.
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