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The greenest of the teams in the Silicon Valley 7s will be China, but it may also be the richest. E-commerce giant Alibaba (think the Chinese Amazon) has pledged to invest $100 million in the game over 10 years. That saw the rugby-playing population nearly double from 2015 to 2016, according to reports. So far, that investment hasn’t resulted in wins on the field, though. China hasn’t competed in the men’s game globally in recent years, so their inclusion in Silicon Valley 7s will be a litmus test for how far the game’s come since Alibaba’s cash infusion.


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