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World’s Greatest Teams Fight for Rugby Sevens’ Richest Prize Live from New York on July 15, 2023


J.J. Pavlick

Rugby is returning to the New York City area, on July 15th. The World RFL kicks off play this summer with the NYC Sevens tournament on July 15 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ. The event will showcase World Rugby’s top-ranked rugby sevens teams baring their teeth for $1 million; the sport’s richest-ever prize pool. Nations projected to participate at NYC Sevens include New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, France, Fiji, Ireland, Kenya, and America’s own vaunted USA Sevens squad. The tournament is sanctioned by the U.S. Olympic and World Cup governing body USA Rugby.

NYC Sevens will bring together 25,000 rabid fans cheering on eight of World Rugby’s top-ranked teams. This one-day, 16-game international rugby festival promises to bring Red Bull Arena a Hong Kong Sevens-style party off the field with 11 hours of entertainment and the international sports culture rugby sevens is most famous for. Tickets, starting at $55.00, go on sale April 10 at and Ticketmaster.

“NYC Sevens is not just fast-paced, hard-hitting rugby that features the best teams in the world; it’s an all-day festival showcasing the energy and passion of international rugby sevens through music and sport,” said Rob Cornelius, President of 44FiftyFive Sports & Entertainment and Head of Operations for NYC Sevens. “As a leading promoter of the Las Vegas USA Sevens, the most successful rugby sevens event in the United States, we are excited to be a part of The World RFL’s premiere kick-off event by introducing Olympic-caliber rugby sevens to New York City.”

In recent years, similar rugby sevens events in Las Vegas have seen crowds in excess of 80,000. World Rugby’s San Francisco 2018 World Cup Sevens drew over 100,000 spectators.

“This event will bring a unique sports experience to both avid and new rugby fans,” said Sean Verity, The World RFL’s Executive Producer. “We are developing creative solutions and identifying venue and broadcast innovation that presents rugby sevens in the most dynamic way possible across the modern landscape of live and televised sports. We have an incredible opportunity to bring the world’s best rugby sevens players to the Big Apple, and we intend to build a strong foundation to expand The World RFL as a major league sport.”

Ross Young, CEO of USA Rugby, said, “Rugby sevens is a unique experience in so many ways, the festival anisntertainment atmosphere aisunlike any other. NYC Sevens aims to enhance that with a blend of top-level rugby, music, and culture. With some of the world’s best men’s teams descending on Red Bull Arena this summer, it will take things to another level here in the USA.”

Major league teams, major league cash, and major league fun, the NYC Sevens is a can’t-miss. Sport and entertainment festival! To learn more about The World RFL’s NYC Sevens, visit:

Looking forward to covering this amazing sport and event. Will do follow-up articles as more details are released and it gets closer to the games.


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