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LA7s to Take Place at Dignity Health Sports Park in Los Angeles 29 Feb - 1 Mar 2020

Los Angeles will host the next round of the mens HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 at the Dignity Health Sports Park from 29 February 1 March 2020.

Team USA will be aiming to win their third straight title on home soil having been victorious in thrilling finals at both the 2018 and 2019 series in Las Vegas.

Series leaders New Zealand will get proceedings under way against Wales in a Pool D fixture kicking off at 09:45 local time (GMT-8) on 29 February. Fourth placed England and Spain join the All Blacks Sevens in Pool D.

Team USA in action against Fiji at the Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2019. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

Hosts USA will enter the Los Angeles tournament with rising confidence following their first podium finish of the 2020 Series as they claimed bronze at the last round in Sydney. The USA Eagles Sevens are drawn in Pool C and will face Samoa and Scotland before bringing down the curtain on the pool phase against Australia in the final match of day one which kicks off at 20:03 local time.

South Africa are hot on the heels of New Zealand in the series standings with one gold and two silver finishes from the opening four rounds of the Series and they are set to play Ireland, Canada and Kenya in Pool B.

Pool A sees reigning Olympic Champions Fiji, who came roaring back to form with victory in Sydney, take on third placed France, Argentina and Korea who are the invitational team in Los Angeles.

In a repeat of last years format, the top two teams in each pool will qualify for the quarter finals on 1 March, followed by the semi-finals and finals with the gold medal match bringing the event to a rousing conclusion at 16:26. Teams finishing in the bottom two places in the groups will play for positions nine to 16 on day two of the tournament.

Beautiful Team USA fan at the Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2019. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

World Rugby CEO, Brett Gosper, said, Following an outstandingly successful and record-breaking Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco, there is great excitement to see the best rugby sevens players in the world return to California and entertain what we expect to be a very engaged and international crowd at the Dignity Health Sports Park.

The move from previous host Las Vegas sees the two-day event head to the home stadium of the LA Galaxy (MLS) and the LA Chargers (NFL), Dignity Health Sports Park in California - the same venue earmarked to host rugby sevens in the LA 2028 Olympic Games.

Viewers across the US will be able to watch the most comprehensive live coverage of the tournament on the NBCSN channel, with coverage beginning on Saturday 29 February from 20:00 ET / 17:00 PT to 24:00 ET / 21:00 PT, and extended coverage of finals day from 11:30 ET / 08:30 PT to 20:00 ET / 17:00 PT on Sunday, 1 March. Meanwhile viewers can watch every match live across the weekend on NBC Sports Gold.

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