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Cathay Pacific has been one of the title sponsors and the official airline of the Hong Kong Sevens for over 30 years. As part of its partnership with the tournament, Cathay, in conjunction with Rugby Canada and the BC Rugby Union, offers special “Fly ’n’ See” packages to help local rugby enthusiasts get in on the Hong Kong action (wherever it may be). A package for the weekend festivities, which runs again in late March 2016 (after the Vancouver “Canada Sevens”), includes airfare plus a three-day event ticket. Prices and dates haven’t been released for 2016 yet, but this year’s packages were available for as little as $1,575 for economy class and $4,664 for business class. And if you’re going to travel the distance (13 hours-plus from YVR) and can stomach the step-up in price, business class is definitely the way to go. Global passengers regularly vote Cathay the world’s best airline at the SkyTrax World Airline Awards, and travelling business class one can see why. From fully flat beds that measure two metres in length and entertainment centres with well-stocked libraries of movies, music and games to extensive menus offering everything from beef tenderloin to dim sum and vintage port to domestic beer (should you want to pre-drink for that first game), you’ll arrive well rested and ready to rumble.–M.O’G.