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Houston Sevens Schedule of Events

HoustonRugby7seblastheaderHOUSTON, Texas – Media are invited to attend a series of events featuring members of the 12 international women’s rugby teams beginning Tuesday, January 29 through Saturday, February 2.

All teams will be available Wednesday, January 30 and Thursday, January 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during training sessions at Houston Amateur Sports Park.  See the attached list of team liaisons to coordinate interviews and filming opportunities directly.

The Women’s Rugby 7s World Series international tournament will take place on February 1 & 2.  Gates open at 12:30 p.m. with matches beginning at 1 p.m. both days.

The Texas High School Showcase featuring the boys rugby 15s Cup match will take place on Friday, February 1st between St Thomas High School and The Woodlands High School immediately following the tournament.

The schedule of events and media opportunities this week includes:

Wednesday, January 30:

10:30 a.m.       Adopt-A-School Program with Team USA (All School Assembly)

Cullen Middle School

6900 Scott St

Houston, TX 77021

Media Contact: Paul Mabry, Rugby Texas, 713-502-0282

3:00 p.m.         Adopt-A-School Program with Team England (All School Assembly)

Paul Revere Middle School

10502 Briar Forest Drive

Houston, Texas 77042

Media Contact: Paul Mabry, Rugby Texas, 713-502-0282

Thursday, January 31

10:00 a.m.       Adopt-A-School Program with Team New Zealand (PE Class)

Rice Middle School

7550 Seuss Drive

Houston, TX 77025

Media Contact: Paul Mabry, Rugby Texas, 713-502-0282

4:30 p.m.         Serevi Rugby Training Camp

Youth & College rugby training camp featuring:

·     Serevi Coaches

·     Rick Suggitt, Team USA head coach

·     Emilie Bydwell, Team USA player

·     Richie Walker, Three-time national championship head coach

·     Waisale Serevi & Ben Gollings, Rugby 7s legends

·     Santiago Gomez-Cora, Team Argentina head coach

Houston Amateur Sports Park

12131 Kirby Drive

Houston, Texas 77051

Media Contact: Julie Prentice, Serevi Rugby, 206-972-7168

6:00 p.m.        VIP Cocktail Reception presented by Serevi Rugby

Interview opportunities with:

·      Nigel Melville, CEO, USA Rugby

·      Waisale Serevi, Rugby 7s Legend

·      Team USA players & coaches

BBVA Compass Stadium West Club

2200 Texas Street

Houston, Texas 77003

Media Contact: Laura Gill, USA Rugby, (612) 850-5619

Friday, February 1:

1:00 p.m.         Women’s Rugby 7s Tournament Opens

8:45 p.m.        Texas High School Showcase

St. Thomas High School vs. The Woodlands High School (Boys Rugby 15s Cup Match immediately following conclusion of the tournament)

Media Contact: Laura Gill, USA Rugby, (612) 850-5619

Saturday, February 2:

12:00 p.m.      Fan Fest Presented by Budweiser

Lucky’s Pub/Southwest gate at BBVA Compass Stadium

Photo Opportunities include:

·      Live music from Beggars, Inc.

·      Interactive booths from International Consulates Offices

·      Official Rugby Tailgate location

Media Contact: Jason Price, event manager, 832-443-4239

1:00 p.m.         Women’s Rugby 7s Tournament Opens

Media Contact: Laura Gill, USA Rugby, (612) 850-5619

All times subject to change; For a current list of opportunities, please contact LGill@usarugby.org or call (612) 850-5619.

Tournament Details

The International Rugby Women’s Sevens World Series will take place at BBVA Compass Stadium on February 1 & 2 and feature12 international women’s teams.  This two-day International Series, the first of its kind for women, signifies the IRB’s on-going growth and development of women’s rugby around the world.  The event will take place annually in Houston through 2015, leading up to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, where rugby will debut as one of the new Olympic sports.  Two-day passes are available starting at $15 and individual tickets starting at $10; tickets are available online at www.bbvacompassstadium.com andwww.axs.com, or by calling 888-929-7849 or at the BBVA Compass Stadium Ticket Office, which is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Women’s Rugby Sevens World Series is sponsored by: Serevi Rugby, HARC, St. Luke’s Hospitals, Harris County Sports Commission, British American Business Council Houston, the Consulate General of the Argentine Republic, Sugar Land Dive Center, Amegy Bank of Texas, Jason’s Deli, Spaghetti Warehouse, Hahn Enterprises, Media Bridge Advertising, Xodus Group, Budweiser, Texas Rugby Football Union, the Lost Afternoon Luncheon and Phoenicia.

About USA Rugby

Established in 1975, USA Rugby is the governing body for the sport of rugby in America and a Full Sport Member of the United States Olympic Committee. Currently headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, USA Rugby is charged with developing the game on all levels and has over 115,000 active members. USA Rugby oversees four national teams, multiple collegiate and high school All-American sides, and an emerging Olympic development pathway for elite athletes. It also hosts over 30 national playoff and championship events every year as a service to its members. In October 2009, the International Olympic Committee announced that Rugby Sevens (the seven-a-side version of the game) will appear in the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro. Visit www.usarugby.org for more information.

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