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The HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series (WSS) is heading to Glendale, Colo., and 12 international teams will fill Infinity Park from Oct. 20-21. All pertinent info can be found here: www.usawomens7sglendale.com.
The USA is competing in Pool B alongside England (11:14 a.m. MT), China (1:58 p.m. MT) and Rugby World Cup 7s champion New Zealand (5:04 p.m. MT). Australia, Russia, Spain and Mexico comprise Pool A, and Pool C includes France, Canada, Ireland and Fiji.
The outing will be the first since Richie Walker resigned as USA 7s head coach and Chris Brown stepped in as interim head coach. Certain RWC 7s vets like Ryan Carlyle and Abby Gustaitis are competing in Australia, leaving some room for some new faces to take the pitch. Additionally, the USA Falcons tour to Hokkaido 7s has highlighted some new residents and players of interest.
Additionally, the Glendale Merlins will be contesting their final Women’s Premier League match against Chicago North Shore on Saturday, Oct. 20 on the pitch adjacent to Infinity Park. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. MT, following the end of pool play action
The WWS has experimented with several locations for the U.S. stop. When the series began for the 2012-13 season, Houston (BBVA Stadium) was one of four tournaments (Dubai, Guangzhou and Amsterdam being the other three). The event then relocated to Fifth Third Bank in Kennesaw, Ga., just outside Atlanta, and then Las Vegas for one year. The 2017-18 season was the first without a U.S. leg, and now Glendale’ Infinity Park at 5,000 capacity is the fourth venue to house the WWS.