Fri, 1 March 2019

HSBC USA Sevens in Las Vegas 1-3 March 2019

The HSBC USA Sevens gets underway at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada today.

Taking place from on 1-3 March, the HSBC USA Sevens is the fifth round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and marks the halfway point in the season.

Perry Baker (left) will miss the HSBC USA Sevens 2019 as he is recovering from an injury. It is hoped he will be back in time for the Cathay / Pacific HSBC Hong Kong Sevens in April. Picture by Steven Howard of Click to enlarge.

New Zealand and USA sit joint top of the standings, the USA making history becoming series leaders after Cape Town for the first time in the world series.

The Eagles are current Las Vegas champions, defeating Argentina 21-0 in the final last year, and having featured in all four finals of the world series this season Mike Fridayís side will be eager for victory in front of a home crowd.

There is everything to play for this season as teams compete not only to take home the coveted series title but also secure their place at Tokyo 2020 with the world series acting as principle route for Olympic qualification.

Defending HSBC Sydney Sevens champions New Zealand will join Spain, Canada and Samoa in Pool A in Las Vegas.

Pool B features the USA, France, Argentina and Kenya.

Sydney bronze medallists England head Pool C and will face South Africa, Japan and invitational side Chile.

Pool D includes Fiji, currently third in the series standings, Australia, Wales and Scotland.

Wales will open the competition, which kicks off at 15:00 local time (GMT -8) on Friday 1 March, when they take on Australia.

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