Schedules released for HSBC USA Sevens in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS - The match times and schedule layouts for HSBC USA Sevens, consisting of the fifth round of the 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and third round of the 2016-17 Women's Sevens Series, have been announced for the March 3-5 event at Sam Boyd Stadium.
Bringing the men's and women's Series together on U.S. soil for the first time, USA Sevens will see a total of 79 matches of Olympic-style Rugby Sevens played on the same field across three match days. Beginning Friday, March 3, at 11:17 a.m. ET, Day One will see the women's tournament complete pool play by 7 p.m. ET before the first two rounds of men's pool play commences at 7:09 p.m. ET.
Knockout play in the women's bracket starts Saturday with two Challenge Trophy Semifinals and four Cup Quarterfinals at 11 a.m. ET and continues through the seeding playoffs and Cup Semifinals to just after 4 p.m. ET. The men will then finish their final round of pool play until 7:52 p.m. ET, when the women's Finals will light up Sam Boyd Stadium.
Following trophy and medal presentations for the Women's Sevens Series event, the 16 men's teams will begin knockout play until 12:45 a.m. ET. The whirlwind weekend will culminate with a six-hour Day Three, with the men's Semifinals and Finals gracing the tournament field from 2:24 p.m. ET to an 8 p.m. ET Cup Final kickoff.
The Las Vegas Invitational - to be held outside of Sam Boyd Stadium Thursday, Friday, and Saturday - is one of the country's largest amateur rugby tournaments featuring brackets from senior men's and women's play, college and under-20, and high school and youth competition in both Rugby Sevens and XVs. Several divisions have reached capacity, while others are still accepting team registrations. Discounted hotel rates at Westgate Las Vegas Resort and tickets to USA Sevens are available to those registered for the LVI, who should also be in good standing with USA Rugby.
The Women's Sevens Series is available to viewers in the United States for free on The Rugby Channel, while broadcast scheduling for USA Sevens' men's competition is being finalized by rights-holder NBC Universal. Stay up to date with news from the Men's and Women's Eagles Sevens on Twitter by following USA Rugby (@USARugby) and view rosters and specific kickoff times for the U.S. teams on USARugby.org.