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Las Vegas 7s live in US Underline 20 January, 2011
Fiji fans at the 2010 Las Vegas 7s.
Digicel Fiji have been installed as the top seeds in Pool C of the Las Vegas 7s on February 12-13 in a pool which includes Pacific neighbor Australia, Scotland and North American side Canada. 

Fiji currently lies in fourth position in the World Series standings behind Samoa. 

After the first two events in Dubai and South Africa, England lead the HSBC Sevens World Series with 44 points. New Zealand are second (40), Samoa third (36), Fiji fourth (32) and South Africa fifth (24). 

As current World Series leaders, England head Pool A as top seeds and kick off an exciting schedule of matches, altered from the norm to maximize the exposure afforded by the USA event’s first ever live national network TV broadcast coverage, on NBC. 

All four Cup quarter finals will be played at the end of day one, February 12, allowing the Cup final in Las Vegas to be broadcast live on NBC throughout the USA on February 13. 

“We’re very excited about the opportunity to showcase, live to the American public, the thrilling action of Sevens Rugby. The sport is incredibly popular internationally and we look forward to continuing our partnership with USA Sevens and the IRB to grow Rugby here in the US,” said Jon Miller, Executive Vice President of NBC Sports, which will also broadcast Rugby World Cup later this year for the first time. 

USA Sevens Tournament Director Dan Lyle added: “Four years ago, USA Sevens set out to attain mainstream legitimacy and exposure in the context of American sport, and this exciting new partnership with NBC reflects the hard work achieved to realize this opportunity. 

“Working with our event partners NBC Sports, the IRB, USA Rugby and some fantastic new sponsors, we look forward to presenting the 2011 tournament to the largest US audience ever to have watched our great sport.” 

In addition to the four Cup quarter final ties being played at the end of a lengthened day one, the four trophy finals are also rearranged at the end of day two. In order for the Cup final to coincide with prime time across the east coast of America, the showpiece match will be played before the three other finals at 14:15 local time. 

“The fact that Rugby Sevens is going to be on NBC, the first ever time that the sport will be live on national network television across the States, is extremely exciting for the development of the Game. Interest in Rugby has grown tremendously in the USA since Rugby Sevens was voted into the Olympic Games and this can only help consolidate that growth,” said IRB Chief Executive, Mike Miller. 

“This unprecedented platform means that we have the opportunity to attract millions of people who wouldn’t normally see the sport through an internationally-renowned sports broadcaster. We're sure that when they see it on NBC, Americans will be hooked on the highly competitive, fast-paced nature of Rugby Sevens.” 

The third leg of the World Series will be played in Wellington, New Zealand on February 4-5, after which the teams will travel on to Las Vegas for the USA Sevens. 

LAS VEGAS 7S - Pools

Pool A Pool B Pool C Pool D
England   New Zealand   Digicel Fiji   Samoa
Argentina   Wales   Australia   South Africa
France   Kenya   Scotland   USA
Guyana   Uruguay   Canada   Japan
             
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