HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series Returns to Las Vegas for 2017 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament

USA Rugby partners with HSBC Sevens World Series to unite men’s and women’s teams in Las Vegas

LAS VEGASUnited World Sports, the organizers behind the largest annual rugby events in the United States; and USA Rugby, the national governing body of rugby in America, announce that the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series will return to Las Vegas for 2017, uniting it with the annual USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament, March 3 – 5 at Sam Boyd Stadium. The women’s competition returns to Las Vegas since it moved to Atlanta in 2014.

The unification of the men’s and women’s competitions will significantly add to what is already the premier annual rugby event in the United States, and what is rapidly becoming one of the biggest global events for the fastest-growing sport in the United States. The 2017 HSBC Women’s Sevens competition in Las Vegas will be the third of six stops in the global HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series featuring 12 teams beginning Friday, March 3.

“We are very proud to work with United World Sports to combine the 2017 men’s and women’s HSBC Seven Series for what will be an unforgettable weekend in Las Vegas,” said Dan Payne, CEO of USA Rugby. “The HSBC Sevens Series in Las Vegas has become not just the largest rugby event in the United States, but one of the biggest overall weekends in Las Vegas in terms of tourism and spending, and this will add an entirely new level of elite competition, pageantry and interest to the city and to our fast-growing sport.”

“We welcome the combined event for 2017, and look forward to working collaboratively with USA Rugby to continue to grow the sport in the United States,” said Jon Prusmack, CEO of United World Sports. “The HSBC Sevens Series weekend in Las Vegas has become the showplace for the sport in the United States, and the addition of the women’s event will take the interest to another level.”

Core teams scheduled to compete in the women’s tournament will include: 2016 Olympic gold medal winning Australia, silver medalist New Zealand and bronze medalist Canada, along with Brazil, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, Russia, Spain, USA, and an additional team to be invited by World Rugby.

Over 80,000 people are expected to attend the three days of non-stop play, bringing over $30 million into the local economy and ranking it among one the largest weekends for any event held in Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas event will be the fifth global stop in the HSBC Sevens Series for the men’s teams, including Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Portugal, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, USA and Wales.

In addition to the USA Sevens, Las Vegas will also concurrently host the Las Vegas Invitational, the largest amateur rugby competition in the western hemisphere, featuring athletes and match-ups across a wide range of rugby divisions and age groups.

Media interested in applying for credential to the Las Vegas event can apply here. Tickets for USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament are currently on sale and available for purchase at www.usasevens.com.

 

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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 80,000 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); and the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup Rugby Championship.

 

About USA Rugby:

Established in 1975, USA Rugby is the governing body for the sport of rugby in America and a Full Sport Member of the United States Olympic Committee. Currently headquartered in Lafayette, Colorado, USA Rugby is charged with developing the game on all levels and has more than 120,000 active members, with more than 40,000 playing collegiate rugby and 35,000 playing senior club rugby. USA Rugby oversees four national teams, multiple collegiate and high school All-American sides, and an emerging Olympic development pathway for elite athletes. It also hosts more than 30 national playoff and championship events each year as a service to its members. In October 2009, the International Olympic Committee announced Rugby Sevens would appear in the 2016 Olympic Games held in Rio de Janeiro, and both the U.S. men and women qualified for competition. Visit www.usarugby.org for more information.

 

About USA Sevens Rugby:

The annual USA Sevens international rugby tournament is the premier rugby event in North America as well as the fifth event out of ten in the HSBC Sevens World Series. Fans in attendance will see 16 international rugby sevens teams play 44 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.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

United World Sports

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USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament

Jaclyn Dadas / Lea Komitzky /Paige Adams

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USA Rugby

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Eoin McHugh

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UWS Names Jon Hinkin Tournament Director For HSBC Sevens Rugby Series Las Vegas

Veteran player, businessman elevated to top tournament position for the largest annual rugby event in North America

November 1, 2016– United World Sports, the organizers of the premier annual rugby events in the United States, announced they have promoted Jon Hinkin to Tournament Director. One of the most respected competitors and successful businessmen in the sport, Hinkin has been involved in the growth of the USA Sevens since its inception.  The 2017 USA Sevens will be held at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas from March 3-5, 2017 with over 80,000 people expected.

“There is no one more deserving of this role than Jon is, and we are very pleased to have him take over as Tournament Director at a time when the USA Sevens is about to ascend to new heights in visibility, brand activation and participation,” said United World Sports President Jonathan First.  “He has the unique balance of success in the business world and on the field that will be invaluable to us going forward.”

“I am a great believer in the continued growth of rugby as a sports and entertainment property in the United States, and there is no event with more potential than USA Sevens in Las Vegas,” Hinkin said.  “I have seen the event grow as both a player and as a business professional, and look forward to working closely to expand its business footprint even larger.”

Jon Hinkin has been with United World Sports (UWS) since its inception in 2006.  He created and built what is now the Las Vegas Invitational, which consists of over 270 teams from 25 countries and is played congruently with the USA Sevens in Las Vegas. He has also held Competition Management positions in UWS events including the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship in Philadelphia, the Pro Soccer Challenge, the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup and is listed as an inventor of Super Sevens rugby.

The former star at rugby powerhouse St. Mary’s College in Moraga, Cal. enjoyed a brilliant playing career which saw him represent the United States from 1991 – 1998, captaining the USA Sevens team in 1997 and 1998. He played in the inaugural Rugby Sevens  World Cup in 1993 and was a reserve on the 1997 USA Rugby Sevens  World Cup team. Jon also had a successful amateur career where he was part of 12 National championship sides in 15’s and 7’s with his club OMBAC, select sides Northern California Pelicans, Southern California Griffins and the Grizzlies. He  has also represented the United States five times at the World Rugby Classic in Bermuda.

After his international career Jon took his leadership qualities to the business world. He was the lead Supplier Manager for Medibuy.com and was responsible for growing the supplier community to over 400 businesses. He then became a partner in All Valley Home Health Care where his integration of business practices via software technologies helped grow AVHHC from 10MM to 27MM in revenue annually while expanding to over 20 office locations in 4 states. Jon was then recruited to build Lorimar Group, a communications company, in his role as Business Development Director Lorimar grew from 1MM to 10MM in sales.

The 2017 USA Sevens will be the only stop for Rugby Sevens in the United States.  Over 80,000 people will be on hand for the three days of non-stop play, bringing over $30 million into the local economy, ranking it among the biggest weekends for any event held in Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas event will be the fifth global stop in the HSBC Sevens Series for the competing nations. The United States, Argentina, Fiji, South Africa, New Zealand, England, France, Japan, Australia, Samoa, Wales, Russia, Portugal, Canada, Scotland and Kenya will be competing on the men’s side in Las Vegas.

In addition to the USA Sevens, Las Vegas will also concurrently host the Las Vegas Invitational, the largest amateur rugby competition in the western hemisphere, featuring athletes and match-ups across a wide-range of rugby divisions and age groups.

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 80,000 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); and the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup Rugby Championship.

About USA Sevens Rugby:

The annual USA Sevens international rugby tournament is the premier rugby event in North America as well as the fifth event out of ten in the HSBC Sevens World Series. Fans in attendance will see 16 international rugby sevens teams play 45 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), Vine (@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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

United World Sports/ Joe Favorito/fatherknickerbocker1@yahoo.com/201.746.0005

USA Sevens/Jaclyn Dadas / Lea Komitzky/Kirvin Doak Communications/USASevensRugby@KirvinDoak.comjonhinkin

UWS forms Joint Venture with Rhino Rugby

RHINO RUGBY AND UNITED WORLD SPORTS FORM JOINT VENTURE TO OUTFIT THE AMERICAS WITH THE WORLD’S PREMIER RUGBY EQUIPMENT AND APPAREL

New York – Nov. 4, 2013 – United World Sports and Rhino Rugby have announced a joint venture to bring the fastest growing rugby brand to the Americas to meet the soaring demand for high quality rugby equipment and apparel in the world’s largest market.

Rhino Rugby is the leading manufacturer and supplier of training and contact equipment for rugby. It has been Official Supplier to the last two British & Irish Lions tours to South Africa in 2009 and Australia in 2013, to England Rugby for over 25 years and to the Welsh Rugby Union.  Rhino is also Official Ball supplier to the RaboDirect PRO12 competition for the leading sides in Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Italy, to the Hong Kong RFU and HSBC Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sevens, and to USA Rugby.

United World Sports, a premier sports and event management company, owns and operates the largest amateur, collegiate and professional rugby events in North America, including the USA Sevens International competition, the Collegiate Rugby Championship, the Varsity Cup Championship and the Las Vegas Invitational. In addition, United World Sports owns RugbyMag.com, the most widely read news publication focused on rugby in America.

Under the new joint venture, Rhino Sport & Leisure USA LLC, will lead the promotion and sale of the full range of Rhino products in the United States, including Rhino balls, performance wear and leisure wear. The latest Rhino product lines will first be introduced at the USA Sevens event in Las Vegas on January 24th through 26th to a crowd of over 70,000 attendees, a global television audience of over 387 million, and over 5,000 rugby participants competing at the Las Vegas Invitational. The annual tournament will be broadcast live for the fourth-consecutive year on NBC, NBC Sports and Universal Sports, and Rhino products, including its world-renowned technical training equipment, will be prominently featured in the global television broadcast. Upon launch, Rhino’s superior products will be available immediately to the over 4,000 club, college and youth teams in America.

“We are very excited to partner with Rhino and bring the brand to the Americas. This is going to be an exciting business with tremendous potential”, commented Jon Prusmack, principal and CEO of United World Sports.

Prusmack adds, “Rhino is the only brand that can properly outfit rugby teams with premium products ranging from scrum machines, balls, performance wear and leisurewear. We plan to provide Rhino’s superior product line to the over 2 million rugby participants in the Americas with the vision of becoming a true lifestyle brand”.

Rhino Rugby & UWS
Top Row (LtoR): Dan Lyle, Norm Jones, Gary Low, Maureen Burnett, Jonathan First, Jeff McDowell, Sean Hopper. Bottom Row (LtoR): Reg Clark, Jon Prusmack, Jason Marchant

Reg Clark, CEO of Rhino UK commented, “We have found a great partner in United World Sports and believe that together we can continue on our mission to make Rhino the definitive rugby brand not only in the Americas, but also around the globe”.

 About Rhino Sport and Leisure USA LLC.

Based in New York Rhino Sports and Leisure USA LLC is a joint venture between United World Sports and GB Life Ltd, the principal global leisurewear licensee of the Rhino brand. The company will market, distribute and sell the full range of Rhino products in the Americas, The product line includes technical training equipment, balls, team performance wear and leisure apparel. The company will develop its own design teams for both leisure apparel and high school, college and club team wear.

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 70,000 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 387 million television households worldwide. Additional UWS properties include the Las Vegas Invitational, the Collegiate Rugby Championship (CRC), the Varsity Cup and the Pro Soccer Challenge.

 

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2014 USA Sevens Tickets On-Sale Now

USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Returns to Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas with Exhilarating Matchups and an International Extravaganza

 Tickets now on sale for North America’s premier rugby event 

Jan. 24-26, 2014

Tweet It: Everybody do the #Haka! @USASevensRugby returns to @SamBoydStadium in @Vegas Jan. 24-26, 2014. Tix/info: http://bit.ly/vqk5fk

LAS VEGAS – Following a hugely successful 2013 tournament, USA Sevens Rugby is set to once again invade Las Vegas with tens of thousands of international fans and nonstop professional sports action during North America’s premier rugby tournament at Sam Boyd Stadium Jan. 24-26, 2014.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2014 USA Sevens Rugby tournament, which has seen attendance growth of nearly 100 percent since the event moved to Las Vegas in 2010. As the tournament prepares for its fifth consecutive year at Sam Boyd Stadium, fans will have the opportunity to see 16 of the top international rugby sevens teams play 45 matches over three days as teams attempt to gain points in the 2013-2014 HSBC Sevens World Series standings. Rugby sevens offers a fast-paced, thrilling variation on traditional rugby with two seven-player teams battling in 14-minute matches where the action never stops.

“The USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament is one of the most unique sporting events in the United States, and we are dedicated to driving the continued growth and popularity of rugby,” said Jonathan First, president of United World Sports. “Without the support of NBC Sports and Las Vegas Events, this event would not be where it is today, and we are extremely grateful to continue working with these leaders in their respective fields.”

The event’s signature high-energy atmosphere will once again be brought to life with a fusion of international culture and pride, live entertainment and costumed fans at the USA Sevens International Fan Festival. In addition to fueling the tournament’s energy, the Fan Festival will also feature family-friendly activities such as live musical performances, international cuisine and rugby clinics for children. Located just outside of Sam Boyd Stadium, ticket holders will be free to move back-and-forth from the festival to the games inside the stadium during the three-day tournament.

“The definitive rugby experience is ultimately about crowd engagement,” said Dan Lyle, USA Sevens tournament director. “The players will guarantee explosive action on the field, and our goal is to encourage our fans to wear their favorite and most outrageous costumes while cheering on their teams throughout all three days of the tournament to provide an electrifying atmosphere rivaling any in North American sports.”

USA Sevens also presents the only opportunity for U.S. fans to see future rugby sevens Olympians in person as the players prepare for the 2016 summer games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

International teams competing in the 2014 USA Sevens tournament tentatively include: Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Kenya, New Zealand, Portugal, Samoa, Scotland, Spain, Uruguay, United States and Wales.

The Monte Carlo Resort and Casino has been named the 2014 Official Team Hotel and will serve as host to the professional players and thousands of fans from around the world. In addition, Monte Carlo and other MGM properties, including Aria, Luxor and Excalibur, will feature a series of rugby-themed events throughout the tournament week beginning Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.

Rugby fans can take advantage of several pricing options for the 2014 tournament, starting at $35 for one-day tickets. Fans are encouraged to buy before Dec. 1, 2013 to take advantage of discounts as high as 33 percent off full-priced tickets. Full-price ticket pricing options include:

·         Field Level: $35 for Friday, $64 for Saturday or Sunday, $127 for Saturday and Sunday, and $154 for a three-day package

·         Sevens Reserved: $35 for Friday, $87 for Saturday or Sunday, $173 for Saturday and Sunday, and $189 for a three-day package

·         Club Gold: $110 for Friday, $215 for Saturday or Sunday, $431 for Saturday and Sunday, and $536 for a three-day package

·         Premier Lounge: $347 for Saturday or Sunday and $695 for Saturday and Sunday

Also returning this year is The Las Vegas Invitational presented by Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Jan. 23-25, 2014. The event, which will be played concurrent with the USA Sevens tournament, is considered one of the top amateur rugby events in the United States and features athletes and matchups across various rugby divisions and age groups. Interested teams and players can register at http://www.usasevens.com/las-vegas/las-vegas-invitational/.

USA Sevens is produced and managed by the newly formed United World Sports LLC, which 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. Fans can purchase tickets for the 2014 USA Sevens Rugby Tournament by visiting www.usasevens.com/las-vegas/tickets/.  For full event information and details, please visit www.usasevens.com/las-vegas/.

About United World Sports:

The newly formed 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 70,000 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 350 million television households worldwide. Additional UWS properties include the Las Vegas Invitational, America’s Rugby Seven’s Cup, the College Rugby Championship (CRC), the Varsity Cup and the Pro Soccer Challenge.

About USA Sevens Rugby:

The annual USA Sevens international rugby tournament is the premier rugby event in North America as well as the fourth event out of nine in the HSBC Sevens World Series. USA Sevens is the only North American stop in the series. Fans in attendance will see 16 international rugby sevens teams play 45 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) and Twitter (@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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HSBC Sevens World Series Achieved Record Global Broadcast

The HSBC Sevens World Series achieved more record broadcast figures in the 2012/13 season

The IRB has announced more strong broadcast figures for the Olympic sport of Rugby Sevens and the HSBC Sevens World Series 2012/13.

The broadcast report published by the IRB’s television distribution partner Pro-Active Television on the recently concluded 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series confirms another record global audience, with a 5% overall increase on the strong figures of 2011/12.

The grand prix-style, nine-round World Series accumulated a record 4,504 hours of total airtime across 149 territories.

In all, 38 broadcasters aired coverage to an estimated 390 million homes either via live, delayed live, repeats or the official 30-minute ‘IRB Sevens World’ show.

In addition, in-flight coverage was increased and news bulletins carrying World Series footage reached over 240 million homes in 130 countries.

Key markets were added to the growing list of takers, such as Spain, Ireland and Russia, while existing takers such as NBC (USA), OSN (Pan Middle East) and Supersport (Pan Africa) grew their coverage.

Only eight years ago, the total airtime for the World Series stood at just 300 hours, underlining the considerable advance Rugby Sevens has made in the eyes of international broadcasters and the global sporting public.

‘IRB Sevens World’ was shown by 17 broadcasters, while online video highlights packages attracted 2.5 million views on the official website irbsevens.com and Youtube.com/irb.

Over the same season online consumption of official Series news and information also broke previous records, irbsevens.com attracting over 9.1 million page views from a user base spanning 214 countries, with 36% of traffic consumed on mobile devices. Integrated social media platforms, combining Youtube, Facebook and Twitter, also grew in users, adding to the interaction between the sport and its many fans around the world.

IRB Chairman, Bernard Lapasset said: “The HSBC Sevens World Series has now firmly established itself in the sporting calendar among international broadcasters and also fans around the world, who generated a record 562,486 overall attendance across the nine rounds.

“As an Olympic sport Sevens is now well on the road to Rio, attracting new athletes to Rugby all the time from a variety of different backgrounds, and also new fans with its winning blend of skill, speed, competitive action and festival atmosphere.”

Giles Morgan, Group Head of Sponsorship & Events at HSBC added: “It is great to see the growth of the HSBC Sevens World Series – the sport itself is growing rapidly as 2016 draws nearer but to see that audiences are also following that trend is fantastic. It is particularly pleasing to see new markets watching the sport too and we are looking forward to hopefully another record breaking season with even bigger audiences tuning in for 2013/14.”

The 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series comprised nine tournaments in Australia (Gold Coast), Dubai, South Africa (Port Elizabeth), New Zealand (Wellington), USA (Las Vegas), Hong Kong, Japan (Tokyo), Scotland (Glasgow), England (London).