ABC TO BROADCAST PREMIER RUGBY EVENT IN NORTH AMERICA

from USA Rugby:

ABC will broadcast the USA Sevens rugby tournament presented by Bridgestone as a one-hour special, on February 22 at 5 p.m. EST.

The USA Sevens event was held February 14-15 at San Diego’s PETCO Park and is the fourth of eight annual global tournaments in the annual International Rugby Board Sevens World Series circuit. Sixteen elite international teams competed in 44 matches over the two days.

The one hour program is hosted by longtime rugby announcer Dave Sitton and international analyst Jonnie Cox, as well as a noted team of commentators for the match calls featuring Nigel Starmer-Smith, Wyn Gruffydd, Gareth Rees and Ray Viers.

The program will also feature an interview with IRB Chairman, Bernard Lapasset, regarding the IRB efforts to have Rugby Sevens added to the Olympic Games in 2016.

“Having a chance to showcase the premier event of one of the country’s fastest-growing sports is an enormous opportunity,” said Ray Peterson, managing director of the USA Sevens LLC. “Rugby fans across America will now be able to watch their favorite teams compete and many new viewers will also be introduced to the dynamic game of rugby sevens.”

USA Sevens and USA Rugby are encouraging all current and former players and fans across America to support the growth of rugby in this country by tuning in to watch this broadcast – be sure to check your local listings for time.

About USA Sevens LLC
USA Sevens LLC owns and operates the USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament and Fan Festival. Held annually in San Diego as part of the International Rugby Board’s Sevens World Series, the USA Sevens event brings together a unique combination of world-class athletes, entertainment and diverse international culture. For more information about USA Sevens or the U.S. Men’s Sevens Team, please contact Sara John at or Rick Schloss at 619-308-4387.

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