Natural Rivalries between England and Ireland, Australia and Olympic Gold Medalist Fiji, USA and New Zealand, First-ever Appearance In US of Chinese National Team, Among Highlights For The Inaugural Event

(September 19, 2017)- United World Sports, the owner and operator of the largest annual rugby events in the United States, today unveiled the pairings in pool play for the Silicon Valley 7’s, which will bring most of the world’s greatest rugby playing nations to San Jose’s Avaya Stadium on Saturday, November 4th and Sunday, November 5th.

“The structure of the pool for this event will bring forth some of the great natural rivalries in the global Olympic sport of Rugby Sevens, and will be very exciting both for the nations involved and the thousands of fans who love the fast-growing game of Rugby Sevens here in the United States,” said Tournament Director Jon Hinkin. “It will be a great first look at these athletes getting ready for the 2018 season, the 2018 Rugby World Cup and the Olympic Games.”

The field will mark the first time that squads from the Island nations of Tonga, Samoa and Fiji, will be in the same field since the 2007 USA Sevens. It is also the first time the Irish National Sevens squad will play in the United States and will be the last international tune-up for rising nations Canada and the United States, as well as traditional powers like New Zealand, Japan and Australia, as they ready for the 2017-18 HSBC World Sevens Series. The Silicon Valley 7’s will also mark the first time the Chinese National team will appear in the United States.

Pool A will have natural rivals England and Ireland along with Canada and Samoa.

Pool B will include Olympic Gold Medalist Fiji going up against rival Australia, along with a unique and rare matchup between Japan and China.

Pool C will have the home standing USA Eagles matched up with New Zealand, along with Tonga taking on South American power, Chile.

In addition to 34 international men’s matches, the event will feature 20 collegiate matches, an international cultural festival, along with an Island concert series.

Silicon Valley 7s adds another international tournament to United World Sports’ growing portfolio that includes the annual USA Sevens Rugby tournament in Las Vegas, which is the largest professional rugby event in North America and the annual Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship in Philadelphia, the premier collegiate Rugby 7s championship.

Avaya Stadium, which opened in February 2015, has a capacity of approximately 18,000 and is the home field for Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes.  United World Sports has also partnered with the City of San Jose, the San Jose Sports Authority and the Fairmont Hotel, which will serve as the official partner and team hotel.

Tickets are available via Ticketmaster or SevensRugby.com or call Avaya Stadium at 408-556-7700.

About Rugby Sevens:

Rugby sevens is the faster, higher scoring, more action packed version of the traditional form of rugby.  Instead of 15 players on a side with 40 minute halves, sevens has exactly that;  seven players playing seven minute halves, and it is played on the same size pitch as 15’s rugby with virtually the same rules. Sevens has also drawn a growing number of players from other contact sports like football and soccer. The sevens game was accepted into the Olympic programme for the Rio 2016 Games and will be part of the Olympics through at least Paris in 2024. Sevens is also the fastest growing team sport in the United States, especially at the collegiate level for both men and women. The University of California is the five time defending champion in rugby sevens and there are plans to formally launch a sevens league in the United States after the 2018 World Cup, which will be played in San Francisco. Fiji is the defending Olympic Champion.

About United World Sports:

United World Sports (UWS) is the largest commercial rugby entity in the United States, and the owner and operator of a growing portfolio of dynamic sports, media and apparel brands including, the USA Sevens Rugby international tournament, the largest professional rugby event in North America; the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, the premier college 7s rugby championship; and the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup Championship, the 15’s-national rugby championship. Through its apparel division, UWS owns the exclusive North and South American license for Rhino Rugby, one of the world’s leading rugby apparel and equipment brands. UWS also owns and operates RugbyToday.com, the largest and most widely read media destination dedicated to American rugby. Additional information is available at http://www.unitedworldsports.com .

About Avaya Stadium

Avaya Stadium, home to Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes, is an 18,000-seat soccer-specific stadium located on Coleman Ave. adjacent to the San Jose International Airport. The European-inspired building is the first cloud-enabled venue in MLS and is among the most technologically advanced stadiums in the world. The stadium features a canopy roof and the steepest-raked seating in MLS to provide the best possible fan experience. Additionally, the north end zone houses the largest outdoor bar in North America, a two-acre fan zone and a double-sided video scoreboard. The suites and club seats are located at field level, giving fans a premium experience unlike any other in professional sports. The stadium has hosted numerous non-Major League Soccer events since its inaugural season in 2015, including the International Champions Cup, a pair of United States Women’s National Team friendlies, the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup, the 2016 Major League Soccer All-Star Game against Arsenal FC and a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier for the U.S. Men’s National Team. For more information about Avaya Stadium, visit www.sjearthquakes.com

Contact For UWS: Joe Favorito/917-566-8345 joefavorito2@gmail.com

Or Anne Warner Cribbs/415.264.2067 acribbs@basoc.org