Rugby Sevens national team captains get a taste of Singapore at Toa Payoh’s iconic dragon playground

The captains participated in a series of popular local traditional games and sampled some well-loved local snacks.

Muhd Zahin Ilmi

Sports enthusiast and expert overthinker.

Published: 7 April 2022, 11:54 AM

The captains of the national teams participating in the 2022 Singapore Rugby Sevens experienced a taste of Singapore ahead of the Singapore Sevens event this weekend.

Fifteen captains were present, including New Zealand’s Sam Dickson and South Africa’s Siviwe Soyizwapi, who led their nations to win the 2020 World Series championship and the last Singapore Sevens tournament respectively.

The Singapore Rugby Sevens is being held for the first time in two years. The previous editions were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The captains participated in a series of locally-themed activities, on the sidelines of a photoshoot at the iconic dragon playground in Toa Payoh, one of the first playgrounds in Singapore designed by the Housing Development Board (HDB).


Built in 1979, the dragon playground is one of the few remaining vintage playgrounds in Singapore. PHOTO CREDIT: HSBC SINGAPORE RUGBY SEVENS


The 15 captains played popular local traditional games such as five stones and chapteh


(From left to right) Alex Davis (England) and Sam Dickson (New Zealand) try their hand at playing five stones as Tevita Daugunu (Fiji) spectates the two. PHOTO CREDIT: HSBC SINGAPORE RUGBY SEVENS


(From left to right) Gaston Revol (Argentina), Phil Berna (Canada), Jamie Farndale (Scotland) and Andrew Malouf (Australia) play a game of chapteh in the open field next to the dragon playground. PHOTO CREDIT: HSBC SINGAPORE RUGBY SEVENS


The captains also got a literal taste of Singapore and sampled a handful of local delicacies, including the traditional ondeh-ondeh dessert and teh tarik.


From left to right) Sam Dickson (New Zealand), Tevita Daugunu (Fiji), Melani Matavao (Samoa), Paulin Riva (France) and Javier De Juan Roldán (Spain) get a sip of teh tarik. PHOTO CREDIT: HSBC SINGAPORE RUGBY SEVENS


The 2022 Singapore Rugby Sevens tournament will take place this weekend on Apr 9 and Apr 10, and will be held at the National Stadium.

The tournament will kick off with France taking on Japan on Apr 9 at 10am. Tickets can be purchased here

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