Details on the Rugby 7s competition at the Pan-Am Games are becoming apparent.
The USA men’s national 7s team is competing in the Pan-Am Games October 29-30 in Guadalajara, Mexico. RUGBYMag.com will be on-site to report on the entire tournament. The team will reside in the Athletes Village, and will participate in the Closing Ceremonies October 30 at Omnilife Stadium.
The Rugby 7s competition will be held at Tlaquepaque Stadium, which is in Tlaquepaque, a suburb of Guadalajara. The stadium is the first specially-built rugby stadium in Mexico.
Eight teams will play in two pools of four. The eight teams are: USA, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Chile, and Guyana. All except Brazil have played in at least one IRB World Series tournament.
Most of the teams are currently on their way to warmup matches in New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa. The USA had listed a trip to the Central Coast 7s in Australia as a warmup, but the program does not have the budget for the trip.
The teams will play three pool games on October 29. That will seed the teams 1 through 4 in each pool, and all eight teams will play in the knockout stages, starting with the quarterfinals, on Sunday, October 30.
It is not confirmed what the pools are, but reports are that the USA will be in a pool with Guyana, Uruguay and Mexico, while Canada, Argentina, Chile and Brazil occupy Pool B.