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It's upon us, the biggest week in American rugby – our Super Bowl. Thursday, 244 teams representing 32 states and most of Canada, five continents and every branch of the American military, will compete in North America's largest tournament. Friday, the fifth stop of the HSBC Sevens World Series kicks off inside Sam Boyd Stadium, and yet another record crowd is expected.
The LVI is dripping with intrigue. The 19th team for another circled weekend on the American rugby calendar, that of the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, will be decided. Some of the best athletes in the United States are trying to turn the heads of National Team selectors in the men's and women's elite divisions, and they'll do it playing sides from every corner of the Earth. The game's next generation is strutting its stuff in the numerous high school and age grade divisions.
The main event is, for American fans, as highly anticipated as it has been in recent memory, if not ever. The United States National Team made the top eight in the last two tournaments, South Africa and New Zealand. Not since the 2008/2009 season have the Eagles had two Cup Quarterfinal appearances ahead of USA Sevens. They're in really good form, and with electric athletes throughout the roster.
Whether you're in Las Vegas or paying attention from home, the place to check back for coverage this weekend is Rugby Today. To prep you, here are some relevant links you might want to peruse through it all.