Established in 1989 as the Territory 7s, the event soon gathered pace to include international teams, and a women’s tournament was introduced in 2007.
The event returns after a forced hiatus last year, and includes senior men, senior women and U18 youth boys competitions. They will compete for a share of a $48,000 prize pool.
The event is supported by the Northern Territory Government through Northern Territory Major Events Company.
NT Major Events Company CEO Tim Watsford said it was great to see so many teams back on board after a year off last year for the Hottest 7s.
“Sporting events like this bring athletes and their support crews to the Territory, and the timing of the Hottest 7s mean they are visiting in what is traditionally our quieter season,” he said.
“The tournament also gives Territory rugby players and fans the chance to play in and watch a quality competition.”
Northern Territory Rugby Union CEO Shane Sullivan said he couldn’t wait to see the Hottest 7s in the World tournament back in action.
“This is an exciting weekend for sports fans and players, so don’t miss the chance to catch all the action,” he said.
Weekend tickets cost just $25, while daily tickets cost $10 on Saturday and $20 on Sunday. Children under 17 can attend for free.