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By IRB Media Unit
Round five of the HSBC Sevens World Series, the USA Sevens, is set to be broadcast live to more homes than ever before in 2013.
Through host broadcaster NBC, the NBC Sports, NBC Network and NBC Universal channels will show 15.5 hours of live coverage to 110 million homes across the USA.
Eighteen further international broadcasters will carry live footage of the USA Sevens tournament in 99 countries, taking the total number of live hours to 161, 51 hours more than 2012.
In addition, 18 broadcasters will show the official highlights 'IRB Sevens World', while many broadcasters will show delayed live or repeats.
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USA Sevens Tournament Director, Dan Lyle, said: "The USA Sevens continues to grow year on year and we are delighted that rugby fans in so many countries will be watching the action in Las Vegas over the weekend. Our ticket pre-sales are up 20 per cent on last year so we're expecting viewing records at the stadium and around the world."
IRB Sevens Manager, Beth Coalter, said: "After all the drama and excitement of Wellington last weekend, I think everyone is looking forward to the action here in Vegas. We've had four different Cup winners at the first four rounds of the Series this season, and I don't think many people would bet against another here in this toughest of seasons."
Squads declared for USA Sevens
The coaches of all 16 international men's sides have declared their final squads of 12 for the USA Sevens in Las Vegas on 8-10 February, round 5 of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
Among the team news, New Zealand will have to make do without their captain and vice-captain at the Sam Boyd stadium. Skipper DJ Forbes was withdrawn with Kurt Baker before the team left New Zealand, but Lote Raikabula has also been replaced while in the States. Wales captain Rhys Shellard has also been ruled out.
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After three of the nine rounds in the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series, defending champions and Wellington hosts New Zealand lead the standings on 77 points ahead of Kenya (56), Samoa (54) and South Africa, Fiji and France (all 51).
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