The first tournament of the HSBC World Rugby
Women’s Sevens Series 2020
gets underway at Infinity Park in Colorado, USA this weekend.
The HSBC USA Women’s
Sevens tournament was first introduced in 2018 and is now one of
eight tournaments on the women’s series – a record number for the
women’s competition – with six of those combined with men’s
The men's and women's USA teams both finished second on
the 2019 series and rugby is growing in popularity at a rapid rate
in the country.
Independent Nielsen research has found USA to have
the highest proportion of rugby fans worldwide with more than 33 million people who are either ‘interested or very interested’ in
the sport, demonstrating the huge potential for the growth of
rugby in the USA.
The Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, which
was hosted in San Francisco, saw more than 100,000 fans attend the
three-day event at AT&T Park, setting a new attendance record for
a rugby event held in the USA.
2019 was a hugely
competitive season on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series with New
Zealand taking the world series title and the top four teams also
earning automatic qualification to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
New Zealand, USA, Australia and Canada will be joined in
Tokyo by Japan, Brazil and Great Britain after the latter two
secured spots through the regional qualification process over the
With the increased schedule and with the Olympics on the
horizon too, the defending champions’ captain Sarah Hirini cannot
wait to get started.
"This weekend is going to be massive for
every country. It’s about starting the season off on a high,
making sure that your pre-season went really well and I’m just
hugely excited to be getting to play alongside the girls again. We know that our success last year was last year and that we
can’t fall back on what we’ve previously done," Sarah said.
"We know that teams are coming out here and wanting to win here in
Colorado and we want to make sure that we’re doing everything that
we can to try and beat them."
New Zealand will face
England, Russia and invitational team Japan in Pool A.
Pool B sees the hosts USA and France paired with Ireland and the
new core team for 2020, Brazil.
Canada, the bronze medalists in Glendale last year,
will tackle Australia, Spain and Fiji in Pool C.
action gets underway at Infinity Park at 09:53 local time (GMT-6)
on Saturday with Australia against Spain in the opening pool game.
Pictures from 2019 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
Pictures from 2018 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
Pictures from 2017 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
Pictures from 2016 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
Pictures of Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015,
Pictures of the Asia Rugby Sevens Olympic Games Qualifier in Hong
Pictures of Singha Thailand Sevens 2015,
Pictures from the 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour in Hong Kong,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2014,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2013,
of Chartis Cup 2012 and
Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2012.