The HSBC Sevens Series returns this weekend as Las Vegas will play host to the spectacle in what is becoming one of the highlights of the series calendar.
The favourites for the weekend must be the hosts USA who, although they come up short against New Zealand in Sydney, currently find themselves tied with the All Blacks Sevens.
the USA sevens have miraculously found themselves in the final of each tournament so far this series but are still in search of their first tournament win, having lost to New Zealand and Fiji twice.
Fiji currently sit in third place after a disappointing showing in Sydney ahead of the reigning champions South Africa.
The Blitzboks have only managed to make one podium so far this series with a bronze medal in Cape Town and find themselves 15 points away from the top three. The team is going through a major rebuilding process with stars like Seabelo Senatla, Rosco Specman and Ruhan Nel all opting to play the 15-man version of the game in the hopes of a World Cup call up. A realistic goal for Neil Powell’s men would be to grab the fourth automatic Olympic qualifying spot.
England are breathing down the necks of the South Africans with just two points separating the two sides while the former has an eight-point buffer from Australia who find themselves in sixth.
In terms of the pools, Pool B and D seem to be the ones to watch. Pool B will feature hosts USA as well as France, Argentina and Kenya. Pool D meanwhile boasts the likes of Fiji, Australia, Wales and Scotland.
The first match gets underway on Friday 2 March 23h00 GMT (15h00 1 March local time) as Australia face Wales in what promises to be a thrilling weekend of sevens action.