USA Sevens

The USA Sevens (also sometimes referred to as the Las Vegas Sevens) is a rugby sevens tournament held annually during March in Las Vegas in the United States. The USA Sevens is the largest annual rugby competition in North America, drawing over 60,000 fans, and is broadcast live in the United States by ESPN. The USA Sevens was introduced in 2004, and has been held at its current home, Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas every February since 2010. The USA Sevens tournament features 16 teams representing countries from every continent, including the host, the U.S. national team.

The USA Sevens is the fifth of ten tournaments on the Sevens World Series. The Sevens World Series is played throughout the world at nine other venues: Dubai, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Canada, France, and England.

US Sevens 2012
The United States plays Canada in the 2012 USA Sevens tournament
USA Sevens
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2019 USA Sevens
SportRugby sevens
Founded2004
CEOJon Prusmack
No. of teams16
CountryUnited States United States
Most recent
champion(s)
 United States
Most titles South Africa (4 titles)
TV partner(s)ESPN
Official websiteusasevens.com

Format

The tournament consists of 16 countries participating in 45 matches over a three-day weekend. The 16 teams are divided into four pools of four teams, with seeding determined by finishes in the previous competition in the Sevens World Series. Wins are worth three points, draws two, and losses one. The top two teams from each group progress to the quarterfinals to compete for the Cup (places 1-4) and Plate (places 5-8). The bottom two teams from each group participate in the Bowl (places 9-12) and Shield (places 13-16) competitions.

Through the 2011–12 edition, the sixteen participating teams were the 12 "core" members of the Sevens World Series circuit, along with 4 additional qualifying teams—other teams that qualified multiple times during the 2009–2012 span included Japan, Canada, Uruguay and Guyana. Starting with the 2012–13 season, the number of core teams increased from 12 to 15, with Canada, Spain and Portugal earning the three new slots.

Popularity and Growth

The USA Sevens is the largest annual rugby competition in North America. The tournament has grown in popularity since the tournament began in 2004. In recent years, a number of events have accelerated the surge in popularity, including the announcement in 2009 that rugby would return to the Summer Olympics, the general growth of rugby in the United States, the improved performance of the U.S. national rugby team including their success in reaching the semi-finals of the 2009 USA Sevens, and NBC's decision to begin televising the tournament beginning in 2011.

Tournament attendance by year
Year Total
Attendance
Highest Day Ref
2010 36,600 [1]
2011 49,909 [2]
2012 64,107 30,112 [3]
2013 67,341 31,228 [4]
2014 68,608 31,664 [5]
2015 75,761 34,593 [6]
2016 80,138 35,716 [7]
2017 80,691 35,901 [8]
2018 65,000* 30,000 [9]
The maximum capacity of Sam Boyd Stadium is 40,000.
Green shading represents record highs.
*Rugby World Cup Sevens held in San Francisco.

Attendance

Tournament attendance has grown rapidly since its inception in 2004. The tournament drew 15,800 fans in 2004,[10] 25,000 fans in 2007,[11] 35,773 in 2008,[1] and 37,000 fans in 2009.[12]

The tournament switched to a three-day format in 2011.[2] The 2012 tournament's second-day attendance of 30,112 set a new record for the largest crowd to watch a rugby event in the United States.[3] The 2013 tournament broke attendance records again, with total attendance of 67,341.[4] The 2014 tournament again saw record attendance, with 68,608 fans, despite the fact that the tournament had been moved to January to avoid the 2014 Winter Olympics.[5]

Media coverage

The profile and visibility of the USA Sevens has increased in the United States since NBC began broadcasting the tournament in 2011, marking the first time that the tournament had live television coverage on network TV in the United States. NBC Sports and Universal Sports broadcast eight hours of live coverage of the 2011 tournament, including 4 hours of coverage on NBC. NBC increased its television coverage for the 2012 tournament, showing 10 hours of live coverage, including 4 hours on NBC and 4 hours on NBC Sports.[13] The 2012 USA Sevens earned strong ratings of 0.7 on NBC, beating other popular sports events that weekend such as the Detroit v. Philadelphia NHL game (0.4) and the Alabama v. LSU basketball game (0.3).[14] NBC again increased its TV coverage in 2013, with 16 hours of coverage across three channels, including 4 hours on NBC and 6 hours on NBC Sports.[15] The 2014 USA Sevens drew ratings of 0.7 on Saturday and 1.0 on Sunday.[16] The 2016 USA Sevens had 7 hours of TV coverage across NBCSN and NBC, but only 1 hour on NBC.

NBC Sports has displayed an increased interest in broadcasting rugby since the International Olympic Committee's announcement in 2009 that rugby would return to the Summer Olympics in 2016.[17] NBC Sports has recognized that its partnership with USA Sevens to broadcast the tournament will help grow the sport of rugby in the United States.[18]

Sponsors

Fueled in part by the publicity generated by the NBC broadcasts and rugby's return to the Olympics, the USA Sevens has been successful in lining up several blue-chip corporate sponsors. For the 2011 tournament, sponsors included Bridgestone, Toyota, Subway and ADT.[17] The tournament was similarly successful in landing commercial sponsors for 2012, including Adidas, Pepsi, DHL, Subway and others.[19]

Effective with the 2010–11 series, the London-based global financial services company HSBC became the title sponsor of the overall IRB Sevens World Series.

History

The USA Sevens tournament has been a part of the World Rugby Sevens Series every year since its 2004 debut. This makes the USA Sevens tournament one of the longer running consecutive hosts on the circuit.

The USA Sevens debuted at the Home Depot Center, now known as Dignity Health Sports Park, in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, California in February 2004. This competition marked the first time the United States ever hosted an official IRB event of international importance. USA Rugby was awarded the right to host the USA Sevens for three years, in part because rugby was recognized as one of the fastest growing team sports in the U.S.[20]

In 2005, USA Rugby sold a 90% interest in USA Sevens, LLC to United World Sports, LLC, with USA Rugby retaining the remaining 10% ownership interest.[21] In August 2006, USA Rugby and the International Rugby Board renewed the contract for the USA Sevens to remain in the IRB Sevens World Series.

The USA Sevens tournament was held from 2007 to 2009 in San Diego at Petco Park, the home field of the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball. San Diego was an appealing location because the average high temperature in San Diego in February is a balmy 72 °F (22 °C).

Las Vegas then won the right to host the annual event beginning in 2010, beating out competition from San Francisco, Phoenix, and Orlando.[22] In 2015, World Rugby reached an agreement with USA Rugby and with the tournament's organizers: World Rugby would continue to place the USA Sevens tournament in Las Vegas if the tournament organizers agreed to widen the field at Sam Boyd Stadium and install approved artificial turf.[23]

The USA Sevens has been a financial success during its run in Las Vegas, partly because its venue of Sam Boyd Stadium is surrounded by playing fields. This has allowed the complex to host the Las Vegas Invitational, a major rugby union event involving club, school, and university teams, alongside the USA Sevens. During the USA Sevens' run in Las Vegas, the entry fee for the Invitational has included tickets to the USA Sevens, providing a large built-in attendance base.[24]

Future

In 2017, the Oakland Raiders were given permission by the NFL to relocate to Las Vegas, with the team to play in a new 60,000-capacity stadium on a plot of derelict land near the Las Vegas Strip. Due to the fact that $750 million of the construction costs was expected to come in the form of public funding, a deal was thrashed out to allow the UNLV Rebels football team of the local University of Nevada, Las Vegas to move in as co-tenants of the new stadium. This meant that Sam Boyd Stadium faces an uncertain future with multiple sources suggesting that it would be demolished. In March 2018, United World Sports CEO Jon Prusmack stated his intention on initiating talks with the Raiders over the next few months to allow the USA Sevens to use the new Raiders stadium for future tournaments.[25]

In January 2019, The Province, the main newspaper in Vancouver, reported that the then-upcoming 2019 USA Sevens would be the last in Las Vegas, at least for the immediate future. At the time, World Rugby was preparing to announce the hosts for the Sevens Series events for its next four-year cycle, starting with 2019–20 and running through 2022–23. Reasons cited were stadium issues and poor living environment at the team hotels. Possible options are a return to San Diego, or moves to San Francisco (which hosted the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens) or Miami.[24]

Apart from the uncertain future of Sam Boyd Stadium, its playing field has been the source of many issues. During the first years of the event's run in Las Vegas, the stadium's standard artificial pitch was used, leading to many safety-related concerns. Some of these concerns were alleviated with the installation of temporary grass surfaces for the 2017–2019 events, but other safety issues inherent to the stadium's design remained. Sam Boyd Stadium was built for American football, a sport with a playing field (including the end zones) that is approximately the same length as a standard rugby pitch but is nearly 20 meters narrower. Because of this, the pitch in Las Vegas is noticeably narrower than at other series stops, with team benches unusually close to the touchlines.[24]

Results

Results by year

Year Host Cup Final Placings
Winner Score Runner-up Plate Bowl Shield
2004 Los Angeles, CA
Argentina
21–12
New Zealand

England

Australia

United States
2005 Los Angeles
New Zealand
34–5
Argentina

Fiji

Canada

Tonga
2006 Los Angeles
England
38–5
Fiji

Argentina

Scotland

Kenya
2007 San Diego
Fiji
38–24
Samoa

South Africa

Tonga

United States
2008 San Diego
New Zealand
27–12
South Africa

Fiji

Wales

Australia
2009 San Diego
Argentina
19–14
England

New Zealand

Australia

Canada
2010 Las Vegas
Samoa
33–12
New Zealand

South Africa

United States

Scotland
2011 Las Vegas
South Africa
24–14
Fiji

Samoa

Scotland

United States
2012 Las Vegas
Samoa
26–19
New Zealand

Kenya

Canada

France
2013 Las Vegas
South Africa
40–21
New Zealand

Canada

France

Australia
2014 Las Vegas
South Africa
14-7
New Zealand

England

Fiji

United States
2015 Las Vegas
Fiji
35–19
New Zealand

South Africa

Kenya

Portugal
2016 Las Vegas
Fiji
21–15
Australia

New Zealand

Wales

Samoa
Winner Score Runner-up Third Fourth Challenge Trophy
2017 Las Vegas
South Africa
19–12
Fiji

United States

New Zealand

Kenya
2018 Las Vegas
United States
28–0
Argentina

Fiji

South Africa

France
2019 Las Vegas
United States
27–0
Samoa

New Zealand

Argentina

Scotland

Sources: USA Sevens, Rugby7[26]

Results by team

Team Champions Runners-up Semifinalists
 South Africa 2011, 2013, 2014, 2017 2008 2009, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018
 Fiji 2007, 2015, 2016 2006, 2011, 2017 2012, 2013, 2018
 New Zealand 2005, 2008 2004, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 2007, 2011, 2017, 2019
 Argentina 2004, 2009 2005, 2018 2019
 Samoa 2010, 2012 2007, 2019 2008, 2013, 2014
 United States 2018, 2019 2009, 2015, 2016, 2017
 England 2006 2009 2005, 2011
 Australia 2016 2010
 Kenya 2008, 2010
 Canada 2014
 France 2007

Leading scorers

Leading Tournament Scorers
Season Tries Points
2004 ?? ??
2005 8-Tafai Ioasa (New Zealand) 61-Orene Ai'i (New Zealand)
2006 9-David Strettle (England) 59-Ben Gollings (England)
2007 6-(several) 56-William Ryder (Fiji)
2008 8-Chris Wyles (USA) & Victor Vito (NZ) 51-Ben Gollings (England)
2009 8-Viliame Waqasduadua (New Zealand) 48-Peni Rokodiva (Fiji)
2010 11-Mikaele Pesamino (Samoa) 55-Mikaele Pesamino (Samoa)
2011 10-Collins Injera (Kenya) 54-Cecil Afrika (South Africa)
2012 7-Cecil Afrika (South Africa) 44-Tomasi Cama (New Zealand)
2013 8-Lewis Holland (Australia) 52-Lewis Holland (Australia)
2014 6-Seabelo Senatla (South Africa) 48-Cameron Clark (Australia)
2015 7- Savenaca Rawaca (Fiji)
2016 11- Seabelo Senatla (South Africa)
2017 7 – Lachie Anderson (Australia) 39 – Ethan Davies (Wales)
2018 8 – Perry Baker (United States) 45 – Nathan Hirayama (Canada)
2019 8 – Carlin Isles (United States) 53 – Nathan Hirayama (Canada)

See also

References

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External links

2007 USA Sevens

The 2007 USA Sevens was a rugby sevens tournament held on February 10 and February 11, 2007 in the United States at 44,500 capacity Petco Park in San Diego, California. The USA Sevens is part of the IRB Sevens World Series. Although the 2006–07 season is the eighth of the Sevens World Series, this was only the fourth edition of the USA Sevens, which began in 2004 as a part of the 2003-04 series. This was the first time for the event in San Diego with past editions being held at The Home Depot Center in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson.

The overall winners of the event were Fiji.

American referee Dana Teagarden became the first woman ever to referee a senior-level men's international in any version of rugby union when she officiated the France-Chile match. Teagarden was also referee for the Bowl final, making her the first woman to referee a men's competition final in any version of rugby union.

2009 USA Sevens

The 2009 USA Sevens competition took place on February 14 and 15 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. It was the fourth Cup trophy in the 2008-09 IRB Sevens World Series. The USA Sevens is played annually as part of the IRB Sevens World Series for international rugby sevens. Argentina won the 2009 USA Sevens, defeating England 19–14 in the cup final.

This was the last edition of the USA Sevens to be held in San Diego. Starting with the 2010 edition, the event was moved to Sam Boyd Stadium near Las Vegas.

2010 USA Sevens

The 2010 USA Sevens took place on February 13 and February 14 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was the fourth Cup trophy in the 2009–10 IRB Sevens World Series. It was the first edition of the USA Sevens to be held in the Las Vegas area; the tournament had been hosted by the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, California from 2004 to 2006, and by San Diego from 2007 to 2009. The USA Sevens is played annually as part of the IRB Sevens World Series for international rugby sevens.

Samoa won the Cup final 33–12 over New Zealand. Samoa was led by Mikaele Pesamino, who scored 11 tries in the tournament, including two intercept tries against New Zealand in the final.

The Plate went to defending series champion South Africa, the Bowl was won by the homestanding USA, and the Shield went to Scotland.

2011 USA Sevens

The 2011 USA Sevens competition was held on February 12 and February 13 at Sam Boyd Stadium in the Las Vegas, Nevada area. The USA Sevens is played annually as part of the IRB Sevens World Series for international rugby sevens (seven-a-side version of rugby union). It was the fourth of eight events in the 2010–11 IRB Sevens World Series.

2012 USA Sevens

The 2012 USA Sevens was the ninth edition of the USA Sevens tournament and the fifth tournament of the 2011–12 IRB Sevens World Series. The host stadium was the Sam Boyd Stadium.

Samoa won the title by defeating New Zealand 26–19 in the final.

2013 USA Sevens

The 2013 USA Sevens was the tenth edition of the USA Sevens tournament, and the fifth tournament of the 2012–13 IRB Sevens World Series. The host stadium was the Sam Boyd Stadium in the Las Vegas-area community of Whitney, Nevada.

South Africa won the title by defeating New Zealand 40–21 in the final.

2014 USA Sevens

The 2014 USA Sevens (also sometimes referred to as the 2014 Las Vegas Sevens) was the eleventh edition of the USA Sevens tournament, and the fifth tournament of the 2013–14 IRB Sevens World Series. The tournament was held January 24–26, 2014 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.

2015 USA Sevens

The 2015 USA Sevens (also sometimes referred to as the 2015 Las Vegas Sevens) is the twelfth edition of the USA Sevens tournament, and the fifth tournament of the 2014–15 Sevens World Series. The tournament is scheduled for February 13–15, 2015 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.

2016 USA Sevens

The 2016 USA Sevens (also sometimes referred to as the 2016 Las Vegas Sevens) is the thirteenth edition of the USA Sevens tournament, and the fifth tournament of the 2015–16 World Rugby Sevens Series. The tournament was played on 4–6 March 2016 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. This was the first time a World Rugby Sevens Series event was contested on artificial turf.

2017 USA Sevens

The 2017 USA Sevens (also sometimes referred to as the 2017 Las Vegas Sevens) was the fourteenth edition of the USA Sevens tournament, and the fifth tournament of the 2016–17 World Rugby Sevens Series. The tournament was played on 3–5 March 2017 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.

2018 USA Sevens

The 2018 USA Sevens (also sometimes referred to as the 2018 Las Vegas Sevens) was the fifteenth edition of the USA Sevens tournament, and the sixth tournament of the 2017–18 World Rugby Sevens Series. The tournament was played between 2 and 4 March 2018 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The tournament was won by the United States who beat Argentina 28–0 in the final. This was the first time that the United States won its home tournament. USA's Perry Baker led the tournament with 8 tries and 11 breaks.

2019 USA Sevens

The 2019 USA Sevens (also sometimes referred to as the 2019 Las Vegas Sevens) is the sixteenth edition of the USA Sevens tournament, and the sixth tournament of the 2018–19 World Rugby Sevens Series. The tournament was played March 1–3, 2019 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In January 2019, it was reported that the 2019 USA Sevens would be the last in Las Vegas, with the event moving to an unknown city starting from 2020. Possible options are San Diego, which had been home to the USA Sevens before it moved to Las Vegas; San Francisco, which hosted the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens; and Miami in Florida. Among the reported reasons included the uncertain status of Sam Boyd Stadium with the upcoming stadium not due to be ready until summer 2020, poor living environment at the team hotels (the stadium is far distant from the main tourist area of the Las Vegas Strip), and safety concerns due to an unusually narrow pitch with team benches very close to the touchlines (Sam Boyd Stadium is built for American football, a sport with a playing field about 20 metres narrower than a standard rugby pitch). The stadium's normal pitch is artificial turf, which raised even more safety concerns in the early years of the event's run in Las Vegas, but temporary grass pitches were used in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 events.

Argentina women's national rugby sevens team

The Argentina women's national rugby sevens team has been the second most successful team in South America after Brazil. At the CONSUR Women's Sevens, Argentina has been runner-up three times. They have won the 2012, 2013 and 2015 Seven de la República.

Argentina participated in the 2015 Hong Kong Women's Sevens, becoming the 38th nation to compete in Hong Kong since 1997. They were pooled with Canada, Samoa and Mexico.The team qualified to the 2016 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament.

Chile national rugby sevens team

The Chile national rugby sevens team is a minor national sevens side. In the 2008 USA Sevens they lost to Australia 24-14 in the Shield finals.

Guyana national rugby sevens team

The Guyana national rugby sevens team is a minor international sevens side. They competed in the IRB Sevens World Series for the first time at the 2010 USA Sevens. Although the team was outscored 158-31 over five games, they earned a surprise 12-12 draw with World Series core member France in group play.

Guyana also qualified for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Sam Boyd Stadium

Sam Boyd Stadium is a football stadium in Whitney, Nevada, United States, an unincorporated community in the Las Vegas Valley. It honors Sam Boyd (1910–1993), a major figure in the hotel and casino industry in Las Vegas. The stadium consists of an uncovered horseshoe-shaped single-decked bowl, with temporary seating occasionally erected in the open north end zone. The field has a conventional north-south orientation and is at an elevation of 1,600 feet (490 m) above sea level.

The stadium is the home of the UNLV Rebels football team from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the annual Las Vegas Bowl in December. It is also used for high school football championship games and at times regular-season high school games for Bishop Gorman High School. The final race of the Monster Energy Supercross series is located here every year. From 2010 to 2019, it had hosted the USA Sevens leg of the annual World Rugby Sevens Series in the sevens version of rugby union.

Several teams have called the stadium home over the years, including the Las Vegas Quicksilvers of the North American Soccer League, the Las Vegas Posse of the Canadian Football League, the Las Vegas Outlaws of the XFL, and the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League.

South Africa national rugby sevens team

The South African national rugby sevens team competes in the World Rugby Sevens Series, the Rugby World Cup Sevens, the Summer Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games.

USA Women's Sevens

On October 4, 2012, the International Rugby Board, now known as World Rugby, announced the launch of a circuit now known as the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series, the women's counterpart to the World Rugby Sevens Series for men. The inaugural 2012–13 season featured four events, with the USA Women's Sevens taking place at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston as the second event in February 2013.The following are details of all official regional women's international championship played in the USA since the first tournament in 2006, listed chronologically with the earliest first, with all result details, where known.

United States national rugby sevens team

The United States national rugby sevens team competes in international rugby sevens competitions. The main competition they play every year is the World Rugby Sevens Series, a series of ten tournaments played around the globe that includes the USA Sevens tournament in Las Vegas every spring. The team also participates in major tournaments every four years, such as the Summer Olympics, the Rugby World Cup Sevens, and the Pan American Games. The national sevens team is organized by USA Rugby, and the team has been led by Head Coach Mike Friday since 2014.

The Eagles have been a core team in the World Series and finished in the top twelve each season since 2008–09. The Eagles' best season to date in the Sevens Series has been the 2016–17 where they finished fifth. The best result in a single Sevens tournament was winning the 2018 USA Sevens and the 2015 London Sevens. In 2018 the Eagles won their first USA Sevens tournament at Sam Boyd stadium in Las Vegas.

Successes in quadrennial events include winning bronze medals at the 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games, and winning the 2015 NACRA Sevens to clinch a spot in the 2016 Olympic Games.

The United States traditionally used the sevens team to prepare players for the XV-side. Since January 2012, due to increased attention generated by rugby's return to the Olympics in 2016, the national sevens team has turned professional, with the team extending paid full-time contracts to its core players. The national sevens team has drawn a number of crossover athletes from American football and track, the most prominent examples being Perry Baker and Carlin Isles. The U.S. also sometimes fields a developmental team, the USA Falcons, in several tournaments.

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