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Premier Rugby Sevens Teams Up with FOX Sports to Televise Inaugural Games

It is finally here! America finally gets a televised professional rugby league. The Premier Rugby Seven will be teaming up with Fox Sports to televise its inaugural games and season starting on October 9, 2021 in Memphis, Tennessee at the Autozone Park, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT. 

What makes Rugby ‘seven’ or traditionally known as ‘seven’ is that it is composed of seven players instead of the traditional fifteen and they play seven minute halves instead of forty. Premier Rugby Seven will keep the same format, but will play fifteen minute games, making it an all out blitz to the end, which will call for non-stop action. The league will feature male and female athletes from the USA Olympic teams.

What makes this so special is not just the fact that America finally gets a Professional Rugby League but the fact that it will combine men and womens teams together under one umbrella. Both, men and women, will also have equal pay, making sure that there is equality on every aspect in this new PR7. 

The new league will showcase its inaugural season by doing a single-day, touring format across various cities in the United States and Canada. 

“We envisioned the top North American players competing on a national stage to showcase the most electrifying sport in the world… Our relationship with Fox Sports helps ensure existing Rugby fans and new fans alike that they will be able to receive high quality content on a premiere television platform,” said Owen Scannell Founder and CEO of Premier Rugby Seven. 

The league will showcase six men’s teams and four women’s teams that will be playing against each other throughout the tournament on October 9. Some of the high profile players will be none other than: Perry Baker, Danny Barrett, Abby Gustaitis, Carlin Isles, Alev Kelter, Ilona Maher, Folau Niua, Naya Tapper, STephen Tomasin and Kevon Williams. 

Team names, coaches, additional players and league partnerships will be announced within the coming weeks. 

Tickets to see the PR7’s Inaugural Championship game live in Memphis are on sale now at PRSevens.com/tickets

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Malik Patterson

Malik Patterson is a journalism student at California State University, Northridge. He has attained an Associates of Arts in Cinema and Broadcasting at Chaffey College. He will also be graduating with a Bachelor's Degree of Arts in Journalism with an emphasis in Broadcasting in May 2021. Malik is also a member of the National Honors Society and a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. In his spare time, he has a podcast that has been running since May 2020, called the 2Brothers Podcast exclusively on YouTube. He sees himself working as a sports broadcaster and anchor for a major network in the near future. He has a true passion for sports and also coached track and field at two high schools in the past: Etiwanda High School and Alta Loma High School, both located in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

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