12 of the Top International Rugby Sevens Teams Coming to San Jose’s Avaya Stadium November 4th & 5th

New York, NY and San Jose, CA – August 3, 2017 – United World Sports, the owner and operator of the largest annual rugby events in the United States, today announced an addition to their portfolio of world-class international rugby competitions with the launch of Silicon Valley 7’s, scheduled for Saturday, November 4th and Sunday, November 5th at Avaya Stadium in San Jose. The event will bring some of the world’s great participants in the Olympic sport of Rugby Sevens to the Bay Area for this special event.

Among the 12 teams competing in this debut tournament are the men’s sevens squads from Tonga, Samoa and Fiji, a trio of Pacific Island national teams competing in the same tournament for the first time since the 2007 USA Sevens. Also featured is the men’s sevens squad from Ireland, the first time that the squad will ever compete in the United States. Joining them are teams from the United States, Canada, Australia, England, Chile, New Zealand, Japan and China, coming together at the Silicon Valley 7s as they begin preparations for 2018 international rugby sevens season.

“It is exciting to establish Silicon Valley 7s as a season-opening annual tournament that will set the pace for the 2017-2018 rugby campaign,” said Jeff McDowell, EVP/CMO of United World Sports. “With 12 of the top rugby 7s teams in the world coming to San Jose, we anticipate a high-level of interest in this high-performance competition. Silicon Valley 7s brings the world’s fastest growing Olympic sport to a whole new audience, in a way that allows even the most casual of sports fans to see close-up the power of rugby 7s.”

Silicon Valley 7s adds another international tournament to United World Sports’ growing portfolio that includes the annual USA Sevens Rugby tournament in Las Vegas, which is the largest professional rugby event in North America; the annual Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship in Philadelphia, the premier collegiate 7s championship; and the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup Championship, the 15s national rugby championship.

“The addition of Silicon Valley 7s to the international schedule, and its debut in San Jose, further validates the growth of rugby in the United States.” said Dan Payne, Chief Executive Officer of USA Rugby. “It is going to be a great event for rugby fans on the West Coast, a strong lead in tournament for the Men’s 7s team in preparation for the HSBC Sevens World Series and a great opportunity to add a high caliber event to the domestic calendar with our partner, United World Sports.”

Avaya Stadium, which opened in February 2015, has a capacity of approximately 18,000 and is the home field for Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes.  United World Sports has also partnered with the City of San Jose, the San Jose Sports Authority and the Fairmont Hotel, which will serve as the official partner and team hotel.

In addition to 34 international men’s matches, the event will feature 20 collegiate matches, an international cultural festival, along with an Island concert series.

Beginning Friday, Aug. 4 at 10 a.m., VIPs will be eligible for an exclusive pre-sale before going on sale to the general public on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available via Ticketmaster.com or SevensRugby.com and groups of 10 or more should call Avaya Stadium at 408-556-7700.


About United World Sports:

United World Sports (UWS) is the largest commercial rugby entity in the United States, and the owner and operator of a growing portfolio of dynamic sports, media and apparel brands including, the USA Sevens Rugby international tournament, the largest professional rugby event in North America; the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, the premier college 7s rugby championship; and the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup Championship, the 15s-national rugby championship. Through its apparel division, UWS owns the exclusive North and South American license for Rhino Rugby, one of the world’s leading rugby apparel and equipment brands. UWS also owns and operates RugbyToday.com, the largest and most widely read media destination dedicated to American rugby. Additional information is available at http://www.unitedworldsports.com.


About Avaya Stadium

Avaya Stadium, home to Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes, is an 18,000-seat soccer-specific stadium located on Coleman Ave. adjacent to the San Jose International Airport. The European-inspired building is the first cloud-enabled venue in MLS and is among the most technologically advanced stadiums in the world. The stadium features a canopy roof and the steepest-raked seating in MLS to provide the best possible fan experience. Additionally, the north end zone houses the largest outdoor bar in North America, a two-acre fan zone and a double-sided video scoreboard. The suites and club seats are located at field level, giving fans a premium experience unlike any other in professional sports. The stadium has hosted numerous non-Major League Soccer events since its inaugural season in 2015, including the International Champions Cup, a pair of United States Women’s National Team friendlies, the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup, the 2016 Major League Soccer All-Star Game against Arsenal FC and a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier for the U.S. Men’s National Team. For more information about Avaya Stadium, visit sjearthquakes.com.



UWS Hosting New Rugby Sevens Format Exhibition

Can a professional rugby sevens league take off in the United States? We may find out in a couple of years.

United World Sports has organized a test match between the New York Rhinos and the Ontario Blues for Saturday, right before the Collegiate Rugby Championship at PPL Park in Philadelphia.

Jonathan First, president of United World Sports, says the exhibition is being held as a trial run, with the ultimate goal being creating a pro league for the “elongated form” of the blossoming sevens rugby format, which differs from the traditional 15s rugby. The notable differences between the two leagues is rugby sevens uses seven players as opposed to 15, and the matches are shorter.

“It’s a big deal for us,” First tells The Score. “Sevens rugby is very fast-paced. It’s like one fast break after the next, one option play after the next. It’s phenomenally geared toward an American audience.”

The development of the league coincides with the build-up toward the 2016 Olympics in Rio, where rugby sevens will be included for the first time ever. It also marks the first time any form of rugby has been an Olympic sport since 1924.
The league likely will start in 2016 and will have 12 teams, 10 based in the U.S. and two in Canada, all in “major cities.” First says there are talks to partner with Major League Soccer stadiums as host venues.

“We have a lot of interested parties coming from team owners, investors, television networks to look at this,” he said. “We’ve already done a lot of groundwork. We believe logistically to get everything in place at least a good year, but this big first step … is probably the key step to get this thing documented, played — whether we have to tweak the game, we’ll see — what kind of interest we have going forward, and we’ll move forward from there.”

Source: Daily News