Fiji currently lie second in the Series, 12 points adrift of New
Zealand after reaching the George final and top Pool B for the
Vegas tournament. They beat the Springboks in the Cup quarter
finals in both Dubai and George of the 2009/10 IRB Series.
Defending champions Argentina face a tough challenge after being
drawn in the same Pool as 2008/09 Series runners up England and
world champions Wales for the inaugural event in Las Vegas.
Argentina, who scored two second half tries to beat England
19-14 in San Diego last year and claim only their second IRB Sevens
World Series title, will also face Japan in Pool D.
Series leaders New Zealand - winners of the opening two legs in
Dubai and George in December - are the top seeds for the fourth leg
of the 2009/10 Series and will face Australia, France and Guyana in
Dubai runners up Samoa head Pool C and will face George semi
finalists Kenya, Scotland and Chile on day one at the Sam Boyd
Stadium as they seek to win a first Series title since London in
Last year's USA Sevens attracted a crowd of 38,750, and was
broadcast on US network television for the first time with an
audience of 1.4 million and the 2010 event in its impressive new
home promises to set new standards.
"It is exciting to be holding the fourth leg of this year's
Series in Las Vegas for the first time. I am sure that the teams
and travelling supporters will be treated to a warm welcome, a
festival atmosphere and what promises to be the best USA Sevens to
date," said IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset.
IRB Sevens Manager Beth Coalter added: "I have no doubt that
this will be a special event and the fans can look forward to
mouth-watering matches on day one, including a repeat of last
year's USA Sevens final, another meeting between Fiji and South
Africa and hosts USA facing Canada again."
"We also welcome Chile, Japan and Series newcomers Guyana
alongside the core teams, highlighting the universal spread of
Rugby Sevens and I am sure there will be plenty of excitement at
the Sam Boyd Stadium to keep the fans on the edge of their seats