NBC Sports Network and Universal Sports will continue coverage of the HSBC Sevens 2013 Rugby World Series this weekend and next, with coverage of the Hong Kong Sevens 2013 tournament on March 24, and the Tokyo Sevens 2013 tournament on March 31.
According to the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union, this will be the biggest Hong Kong Sevens in the history of the tournament, with 28 teams competing in 70 matches across March 22-24 (just the final day is televised by NBC Sports Network and Universal Sports). The 2013 Hong Kong Sevens will host two competitions: a 16-team competition for the 15 current core teams plus HSBC Asian Sevens Series champions, Hong Kong, and a 12-team pre-qualification tournament.
The Tokyo Sevens marks the second year now that the HSBC Sevens has been back in Tokyo after a 12-year absence. Japan is hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2019, so hopes to begin gaining more recognition with a successful hosting of the Tokyo Sevens, where 48 games will be held March 30-31 (just the final day will be televised by NBC Sports Network and Universal Sports).
HSBC Sevens 2013 World Series: Hong Kong Sevens Television Schedule (all times ET):
March 24: 9-11pm, Universal Sports (Day 2 of the event is live-streamed March 23 starting at 9pm)
March 24: 1-3am (late-night March 24/early morning March 25), NBC Sports Network
HSBC Sevens 2013 World Series: Tokyo Sevens Television Schedule (all times ET):
March 31: 1-3pm, Universal Sports
March 31: 3:30-5:30pm; 10:30pm-12:30am, NBC Sports Network
All the team captains at the 2013 HSBC Hong Kong Sevens: Credit IRB/Martin Seras Lima