[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap1′]N[/bra_dropcaps]EW YORK – (October 2, 2014) – The New York stop of the HSBC Rugby Festivals powered by Serevi took place this week through a series of coaching clinics hosted in local schools around the area. Led by the greatest ever sevens player Waisale Serevi along with USA Rugby speedster Carlin Isles and former captain and coach Matt Hawkins, over a thousand local kids were introduced to the sport for the first time through HSBC’s international grassroots rugby programme.
The HSBC-sponsored initiative aims to give youngsters the chance to learn rugby skills first-hand and serve as an introduction to the sport in the lead up to the 2016 Olympic Games, when rugby sevens will make its debut. Launched in Brazil earlier this year, the program stopped in Hong Kong and will next travel to Canada, Australia and Dubai in the coming months. Having helped coach at the HSBC Rugby Festival in Queen’s, the fastest man in rugby Carlin Isles commented: