Premier Rugby Sevens to Bring Innovation and Equal Pay to North America’s Newest Sports League

Today’s Announcement includes Commitments from Olympic-bound Players from U.S. Women’s & Men’s National Teams

(NEW YORK, May 19, 2021) North America has a groundbreaking new sports league. Scheduled to debut in the fall of 2021, Premier Rugby Sevens (PR7s) will showcase North America’s top male and female athletes through the highly entertaining sport of rugby sevens. The league will provide equal pay and high-performance access under one league umbrella and will adopt a touring format in cities across the United States and Canada. The sport of sevens, as it is known in its short form, is designed as a fast-paced, up-tempo type of rugby that brings nonstop action through a series of 15-minute games.

Starting with a pilot season in the fall of 2021, PR7s will feature many U.S. players who are scheduled to play in the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The league will feature six men’s teams and four women’s teams that play multiple games in one location on a single day. The host cities and schedule, along with tryout information, player announcements, and team names, will be revealed in the coming months. Fans are encouraged to sign up for news alerts and schedule updates at

The league’s first player signings feature several stars from both the U.S. Men’s and U.S. Women’sNational Sevens Teams, including Perry Baker, Danny Barrett, Abby Gustaitis, Ilona Maher, Folau Niua, Naya Tapper, and Stephen Tomasin.

PR7s is led by Owen Scannell, the league’s founder and CEO. Scannell announced that Mike Tolkin has been hired as the league’s general manager to oversee all rugby operations. Tolkin brings an impressive resume to PR7s. He was head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Rugby (15s) team from 2012 to 2015.

“Sevens is a fast-paced and dynamic game requiring skill, speed, power, and precision,” said Tolkin. “It’s an incredibly entertaining game to watch, and PR7s wants to showcase the immense talent and athleticism of our athletes throughout North America. The U.S. teams have enjoyed great success on the world stage against international competition, and PR7s is a great opportunity to continue to grow that talent pool. Starting with many stars that are slated to play in the Olympics, our rosters will have incredible athletes who will provide a thrilling experience for our fans.”

About Premier Rugby Sevens

Premier Rugby Sevens (PR7s) is a groundbreaking professional sports league in North America.Scheduled to debut in the Fall of 2021, PR7s is the first league of its kind with both women’s teams and men’s teams under one umbrella with equal pay. With a focus on accessibility and entertaining content for fans, the league will showcase the electrifying sport of rugby sevens through a single-day touring format in cities across the United States and Canada. To learn more about Premier Rugby Sevens, go and follow the league on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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