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HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Hits Las Vegas

An exciting rugby competition called HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series comes to U.S. shores with a stop in Las Vegas March 1-3.

Any fan of the American football will enjoy this fast-paced version of rugby featuring a top-rated American squad. The USA is tied with Fiji atop the standings.

For those new to rugby sevens, below is a short video with some basics:

The international round robin competition is made up of 16 countries divided into four pools with four teams each. The first round of pool play determines the top two sides advancing to the “Cup” quarters, semis and finals stages.

Losing teams move down to the loser’s “Challenge” bracket to decide nine through 16 finishers.

Points are awarded to all of the participating sides based on their finish. At the conclusion of the 10-week season, the team with the most points is crowned champion.

Sports Out West plans to cover the Las Vegas extravaganza with exclusive content and interviews.

You can also view all of the matches on various ESPN networks.

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John Zielonka

John Zielonka has covered the Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle Seahawks and University of Washington men's basketball and football. He's written for Yahoo! Sports, 710 ESPN Seattle, Goal.com and is a member of the North American Soccer Reporters.
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