Rugby teams, fans take over Vegas for USA Sevens Tournament

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Teams from around the world will converge on Las Vegas for the USA Sevens Rugby Week and Tournament at Sam Boyd Stadium Jan. 21 – 26. Rugby fans can catch all of the exciting action of the matches as well as an array of special events and parties around town during the week.

The annual USA Sevens international rugby tournament is the premier rugby event in North America as well as the fourth event out of nine in the HSBC Sevens World Series. USA Sevens is the only North American stop in the series. Fans will see 16 international rugby sevens teams play 45 matches during a three-day competition in an attempt to gain points in the Sevens World Series standings.

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 tournament week is also the only opportunity for U.S. fans to see future rugby sevens Olympians in person as the players prepare for the 2016 summer games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The events will kick off with team autograph sessions Tuesday, Jan. 21 and Wednesday, Jan. 22 at various locations on the Las Vegas Strip. The sessions will give fans the chance to interact with their favorite players and receive autographs while enjoying special giveaways and dining promotions.

On Wednesday, Jan. 22, Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will hold a pep rally for the USA Eagles rugby sevens team as they prepare to compete. The festivities start at 10:45 a.m. with music on the plaza near PBR Rock Bar & Grill. At 11 a.m., USA Sevens cheerleaders will kick off the pep rally. Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman will also be in attendance to welcome the USA Eagles, whose members will be introduced to fans by Head Coach Matt Hawkins. Guests can enjoy food and drink specials following the rally at PBR Rock Bar & Grill. Everyone in attendance will be given American flags to show their support for the USA Eagles.

Opening ceremonies for the USA Sevens tournament will be held January 23 at the Fremont Street Experience from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Fans are encouraged to dress in over-the-top costumes, a rugby tradition, as USA Sevens Rugby officially kicks off the tournament with  DJ performances and a block party.

The rugby matches at Sam Boyd Stadium run Jan. 24 – 26. Rugby Sevens Teams competing (tentative) are Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Kenya, New Zealand, Portugal, Samoa, Scotland, Spain, Uruguay, United States and Wales.

Tournament Play is scheduled for the following dates and times:

  • Friday, Jan. 24. Matches are from 4 – 9:45 p.m. Highlights include Pool Rounds 1 and 2 in men’s and women’s play.
  • Saturday, Jan. 25. Matches run from noon – 7 p.m. Highlights include Pool Round 3 and Quarterfinals in men’s and women’s play, women’s Semifinals and LVI Matches.
  • Sunday, Jan. 26. Matches are played from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Highlights include Semifinals and Finals in men’s play, and Finals in women’s play.

Coinciding with the three-day USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament, fans can enjoy the high-energy atmosphere of the International Fan Festival. Festival-goers will enjoy a taste of the many cultures on display during the tournament with a diverse selection of culturally inspired cuisine and beverages. The fan festival also features a variety of carnival activities and live entertainment. Ticket holders are free to move from the festival, located just outside Sam Boyd Stadium, to the games inside the stadium throughout the tournament.

Additional Rugby Week in Las Vegas Events

For those looking for somewhere to party after the tournament, there’s no shortage of places to go. Body English nightclub at the Hard Rock Hotel is hosting several parties. On Jan. 24, the club welcomes USA Sevens Rugby’s Ms. USA Sevens Competition with Blackout Artist featuring Derrick Anthony. On Jan. 25, it’s USA Sevens Rugby’s Sport Your Jersey Night with signed memorabilia giveaways and sounds by DJ Presto One and DJ Spair. Things wrap up Jan. 26 with the USA Sevens Rugby’s Parade of Champions.

Rockhouse at the Venetian will host two wild USA Sevens after-hours parties on Thursday, Jan. 23, and Friday, Jan. 24, with $5 Coors and a $50 open bar special available from Wednesday, Jan. 22, through Sunday, Jan. 26. Rugby fans can also head to the bar for viewing parties on Rockhouse’s 83 high-definition televisions.

Fans can also gather at PBR Rock Bar & Grill. Located inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, the bar is the official USA Sevens headquarters from Wednesday, Jan. 22, until Sunday, Jan. 26.

On Thursday, Jan. 23, PBR Rock Bar will throw the official rugby kick-off party, starting at 9 p.m. Throughout the competition, guests will enjoy daily viewing parties, $5 Coors Lights and all day open bar access, priced at $50. Additionally, partygoers who present team credentials or a valid ticket stub will receive 10 percent dining discount.

 

Kristine McKenzie

Kristine grew up in Minnesota and got tired of the Arctic weather so she left one extreme for another in 1994 and moved to Las Vegas where she much prefers the desert heat. She earned her degree in journalism and worked in radio, newspapers and magazines before joining Vegas.com in 2001. Kristine has covered a variety of topics for the website, writes blogs and loves her current assignment, which is to eat at some of the world's finest restaurants and write about the exciting Vegas dining scene.

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