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Singapore Sevens - The next HSBC World Rugby Sevens continues in its sixth circuit iteration when 16-Men's teams meet in Singapore this weekend. This year's tournament started late due to the British Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, which pushed this event back from one week to three after Hong Kong.
Competing will be nine sides that played in sevens during those Games, and six nations that did not, including the USA. It will be a contest among the rested and perhaps rusty six squads versus the other nine.
In the past, Singapore has produced surprising upsets for a gold medal with Kenya and Canada the victors during the last two tournaments.
Pool A - Fiji, Spain, Russia, Japan
Pool B - Kenya, USA, England, France
Pool C - South Africa, Canada, Argentina, Samoa
Pool D - NZ, Australia, Scotland, Wales
The USA games are scheduled April 28 as follows:
- vs. France at 12:30 a.m. ET
- vs. England at 3.50 a.m. ET
- vs. Kenya at 7:44 a.m. ET
Of note will be the return of Cecil Afrika to the Springboks.
Games aired on The Rugby Channel for subscribers.
Major League Rugby: Second Week - MLR moves to its second week in the seven-team league. Results from last weekend:
- Glendale 41-Austin 26
- NOLA 35-Houston 26
- Seattle 39-San Diego 23
Saturday, April 28: Austin away at Houston, 3:30 p.m. ET - Root Sports/ESPN+
Saturday, April 28: Glendale away at Seattle, 10:30 pm. ET- CBSSN Game of the Week, ESPN+
Sunday, April 29: Utah away at San Diego, 7 p.m. ET - Cox/AT&T Sports Net, ESPN+
Wales v. South Africa Washington, DC Game - The Test scheduled for RFK Stadium on June 2 has experienced disappointing ticket sales. Break even is estimated at 27,000 tickets sold in the 46,000-seat stadium. There is no major USA television network broadcast deal, the game only airing on the Rugby Channel.
Already, Rugby International Marketing (RIM), has renegotiated downward the guarantee for the two countries from $1.0 MM to $750.0M each.
When the All Blacks packed 62,000 plus fans in Solider Field in Chicago twice for the Eagles and then the Ireland Tests, some perceived that the USA could support other Test matches between major rugby fifteens in large stadiums throughout the country. The actuality is that without the marquee All Blacks name, only midland interest has been demonstrated for these premiere international matchups. When Ireland played the Eagles last year in Red Bull Stadium, New Jersey, about 21,000 people attended the game, just 1,000 seats short of a sell out.
This is an ongoing story.