2017 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament

Twenty-Eight International Men’s and Women’s Rugby Teams Walk the Red Carpet During a Parade of Nations Along the Iconic Fremont Street Experience

2017 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament kicks off today at Sam Boyd Stadium

Yesterday (Thursday, March 2), the 2017 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament kicked off with a colorful Parade of Nations and opening ceremonies at the Fremont Street Experience. Thousands of rugby fans lined the red carpet for a chance to see their favorite men’s and women’s rugby stars up close before the tournament begins. Men’s teams in attendance included Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, England, Fiji, France, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Portugal, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, United States and Wales. Women’s teams included Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Russia, Spain and United States.

 Beginning the parade with a bang, the USA Sevens Cheerleaders treated the crowd to a performance on the 3rd Street Stage while Chet Buchanan, KLUC 98.5 Morning Zoo Host, served as emcee for the evening’s festivities. Lead by HSBC USA Sevens Adopt A Country essay contest winners, each team took to the stage as their fans cheered them on in wishing them to victory.

For the second consecutive year, USA Sevens teamed up with UFC® to celebrate the sports-filled weekend in Las Vegas. Alev Kelter from Team USA women’s rugby sevens, Terry Bouhraoua from France men’s rugby sevens and Osea Kolinisau from Fiji men’s rugby sevens joined UFC Hall of Famer, Forrest Griffin; along UFC heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou and UFC welterweight contender Jorge Masivdal on stage for a special jersey and rugby ball exchange.

The USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament returns to Sam Boyd Stadium Friday, March 3 through Sunday, March 5 for an action packed weekend complete with 79 matches between 28 international teams. To purchase tickets for the tournament, visit the USA Sevens website.

Fans can stay updated on all the latest USA Sevens Rugby news, events and details by following on Facebook (USA Sevens Rugby Tournament And Festival), Twitter (@USASevensRugby), Vine (@USASevensRugby) and Instagram (@USASevensRugby).

About Fremont Street Experience
Fremont Street Experience, a five-block entertainment district located in historic downtown Las Vegas features Viva Vision, largest digital screen in the western hemisphere – 1,500 feet long, 90 feet wide and suspended 90 feet above the urban pedestrian mall. Viva Vision features nightly spectacular light and sounds shows with 12.5 million LED lights and a 550,000-watt sound system.  Fremont Street Experience is a one-of-a-kind venue that includes free nightly concerts and entertainment on three stages. SlotZilla, the world’s most unique zipline attraction, features the 850-foot Zipline and the 1,750-foot Zoomline as people launch from a 12-story slot-machine themed takeoff platform to fly under the Viva Vision canopy. With direct pedestrian access to 8 casinos, more than 60 restaurants and specialty retail kiosks, Fremont Street Experience attracts more than 17 million annual visitors. Fremont Street Experience can be found online at www.vegasexperience.com.

About UFC:
UFC® is a premium global sports brand and the largest pay-per-view event provider in the world. Headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in London, Toronto, Sao Paulo and Singapore, UFC produces more than 40 live events annually that consistently sell out some of the most prestigious arenas around the globe. UFC programming is broadcast in over 156 countries and territories to more than 1.1 billion TV households worldwide in 29 different languages. UFC FIGHT PASS®, a digital subscription service, delivers exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content to fans around the world. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram: @UFC.

About United World Sports:
United World Sports (UWS) LLC hosts a dynamic line up of emerging sports properties and has quickly become the leader at delivering premier international sports properties to U.S. audiences. UWS’ flagship property is the USA Sevens Rugby Tournament held annually in Las Vegas. This exciting 16-nation, three-day tournament has become the largest attended rugby event in North America with more than 75,000 fans coming to Sam Boyd Stadium. Broadcast live on NBC Sports the tournament serves as the only U.S. stop on a nine-city world tour and reaches more than 400 million television households worldwide. Additional UWS properties include the Las Vegas Invitational, which occurs alongside the USA Sevens and is the largest participatory rugby tournament in the western hemisphere; the America’s Rugby Seven’s Cup; the Penn Mutual College Rugby Championship (CRC); the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup Championship and the Pro Soccer Challenge.

About USA Sevens Rugby:
The annual USA Sevens international rugby tournament is the premier rugby event in North America. The 2017 Las Vegas event will be the men’s fifth event out of ten and the women’s third event out of six in the HSBC Sevens World Series. Fans in attendance will see 28 international rugby sevens teams (16 men’s and 12 women’s teams) play 79 matches during a three-day competition in an attempt to gain points in the Sevens World Series standings. Fans can stay updated on all the latest USA Sevens Rugby news, events and details by following on Facebook (USA Sevens Rugby Tournament And Festival), Twitter (@USASevensRugby) and Instagram (@USASevensRugby).

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 fast pace and short duration of matches makes every moment of the action thrilling for spectators.

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