United World Sports, the owner of the USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament, and World Rugby have announced that the tournament will return to Las Vegas through 2019. This follows year after year of record breaking attendance for the sport. The tournament will take place March 4-6, 2016.
The tournament has been taking place in Las Vegas since 2010 and teams have seen sky rocketing attendance and interest from the public. This bodes well for the sport in the U.S. as USA Sevens Rugby has begun to get traction in a much wider range of the American populous.
“Over the past five years, the city of Las Vegas has provided an exceptional foundation for USA Sevens Rugby to grow and excel,” Jonathan First, president of United World Sports, said. “Through this continued partnership with Las Vegas, USA Sevens Rugby will continue to further position itself as the premier international sporting event and a catalyst for rugby’s growth in America.”
It also gives the public a chance to see the Eagles in action as they prepare for the 2016 summer games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which will be the first time rugby will be included on the roster of events for decades. Tentative participates of the 2016 edition of the tournament include: Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Kenya, New Zealand, Portugal, Samoa, Scotland, United States, Russia, South Africa and Wales.
The tournament is the largest professional rugby even in the country and provides a competitive atmosphere as 16 top rugby teams compete for not only the tournament, but for points in the HSBC World Series.
HSBC even signed a new deal with World Rugby to further expand the sport and their mission. The record breaking deal further shows how the sport is growing around the world and will provide the funds necessary to build stronger youth systems to attract players from New York to London to Dubai.