Thursday, March 02, 2017
This weekend the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series returns for the fifth leg of what has been an extremely entertaining and hard fought series so far. For an even bigger helping of the most high intensity form of the game, this year the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Women’s Series will also make an appearance in Las Vegas, for the third leg of that series.
Las Vegas is known for a lot of things, but sport isn’t neccessarily one of them, which for the entertainment capital of the world is a bit strange when you think about it.
There has been plenty of talk in recent months about the NFL’s Oakland Raiders eyeing up a move to Sin City, but anyone in the know will tell you that Las Vegas already hosts the most entertaining sport in the world – and it’s back this weekend.
Sevens took the world by storm at Rio last year and has continued to produce some of the most outrageous highlights in sport ever since. More and more fans are being converted to the game - in the US rugby is the fastest growing sport.
The USA team features some huge stars, including speedsters Carlin Isles and Perry Baker, as well as Super Bowl winner Nate Ebner. Inspired by these big time talents the game continues to grow.
The women’s series coming to Vegas is particularly appropriate, as the women’s game is one of the real successes of the rise of rugby sevens.
A report put together by WRSS partner HSBC last year (The Future of Rugby: A HSBC report) predicted that by 2026, 40% of all global rugby players would be female. Sevens is a big part of this growth, and bringing the women’s series to one of the series' best known venues in Vegas is a great sign for the growth of the game.
We caught up with Michaella Staniford, former captain of the England sevens team, who is in Vegas this weekend with series partner HSBC. She spoke about the way the game is developing:
"The way that the women’s game has grown even in a few years has been incredible. The standard of play has increased and alongside it so have the crowds and the attention for the series.
"Coming to Vegas, one of the most glamorous venues for sport we have, is a great example of how the game continues to grow. I can’t wait to see the women’s game really come into the spotlight this weekend."
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