LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - Nov 29, 2016) - United World Sports, the organizers behind the largest annual rugby events in the United States; and USA Rugby, the national governing body of rugby in America, announce that the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series will return to Las Vegas for 2017, uniting it with the annual USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament, March 3 - 5 at Sam Boyd Stadium. The women's competition returns to Las Vegas since it moved to Atlanta in 2014.
The unification of the men's and women's competitions will significantly add to what is already the premier annual rugby event in the United States, and what is rapidly becoming one of the biggest global events for the fastest-growing sport in the United States. The 2017 HSBC Women's Sevens competition in Las Vegas will be the third of six stops in the global HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series featuring 12 teams beginning Friday, March 3.
"We are very proud to work with United World Sports to combine the 2017 men's and women's HSBC Seven Series for what will be an unforgettable weekend in Las Vegas," said Dan Payne, CEO of USA Rugby. "The HSBC Sevens Series in Las Vegas has become not just the largest rugby event in the United States, but one of the biggest overall weekends in Las Vegas in terms of tourism and spending, and this will add an entirely new level of elite competition, pageantry and interest to the city and to our fast-growing sport."
"We welcome the combined event for 2017, and look forward to working collaboratively with USA Rugby to continue to grow the sport in the United States," said Jon Prusmack, CEO of United World Sports. "The HSBC Sevens Series weekend in Las Vegas has become the showplace for the sport in the United States, and the addition of the women's event will take the interest to another level."
Core teams scheduled to compete in the women's tournament will include: 2016 Olympic gold medal winning Australia, silver medalist New Zealand and bronze medalist Canada, along with Brazil, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, Russia, Spain, USA, and an additional team to be invited by World Rugby.
Over 80,000 people are expected to attend the three days of non-stop play, bringing over $30 million into the local economy and ranking it among one the largest weekends for any event held in Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas event will be the fifth global stop in the HSBC Sevens Series for the men's teams, including Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Portugal, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, USA and Wales.
In addition to the USA Sevens, Las Vegas will also concurrently host the Las Vegas Invitational, the largest amateur rugby competition in the western hemisphere, featuring athletes and match-ups across a wide range of rugby divisions and age groups.
Media interested in applying for credential to the Las Vegas event can apply here. Tickets for USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament are currently on sale and available for purchase at www.usasevens.com.
About United World Sports:
United World Sports (UWS) LLC hosts a dynamic line up of emerging sports properties and has quickly become the leader at delivering premier international sports properties to U.S. audiences. UWS' flagship property is the USA Sevens Rugby Tournament held annually in Las Vegas. This exciting 16-nation, three-day tournament has become the largest attended rugby event in North America with more than 80,000 fans coming to Sam Boyd Stadium. Broadcast live on NBC Sports the tournament serves as the only U.S. stop on a nine-city world tour and reaches more than 400 million television households worldwide. Additional UWS properties include the Las Vegas Invitational, which occurs alongside the USA Sevens and is the largest participatory rugby tournament in the western hemisphere; the America's Rugby Seven's Cup; the Penn Mutual College Rugby Championship (CRC); and the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup Rugby Championship.
About USA Rugby:
Established in 1975, USA Rugby is the governing body for the sport of rugby in America and a Full Sport Member of the United States Olympic Committee. Currently headquartered in Lafayette, Colorado, USA Rugby is charged with developing the game on all levels and has more than 120,000 active members, with more than 40,000 playing collegiate rugby and 35,000 playing senior club rugby. USA Rugby oversees four national teams, multiple collegiate and high school All-American sides, and an emerging Olympic development pathway for elite athletes. It also hosts more than 30 national playoff and championship events each year as a service to its members. In October 2009, the International Olympic Committee announced Rugby Sevens would appear in the 2016 Olympic Games held in Rio de Janeiro, and both the U.S. men and women qualified for competition. Visit www.usarugby.org for more information.
About USA Sevens Rugby:
The annual USA Sevens international rugby tournament is the premier rugby event in North America as well as the fifth event out of ten in the HSBC Sevens World Series. Fans in attendance will see 16 international rugby sevens teams play 44 matches during a three-day competition in an attempt to gain points in the Sevens World Series standings. Fans can stay updated on all the latest USA Sevens Rugby news, events and details by following on Facebook (USA Sevens Rugby Tournament And Festival), Twitter (@USASevensRugby) and Instagram (@USASevensRugby).
Played on the same size field as traditional 15-player rugby, rugby sevens is played with just seven players per team. Matches have seven-minute halves with two-minute intervals for pool and knock-out matches. The fast pace and short duration of matches makes every moment of the action thrilling for spectators.