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2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens TV, streaming schedule


LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 04: Perry Baker of the United States runs with the ball against Fiji during the HSBC USA Sevens at Sam Boyd Stadium on March 4, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for HSBC)

David Becker

The Rugby World Cup Sevens, held in the U.S. for the first time, airs live on NBC, NBCSN and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from San Francisco’s AT&T Park.

NBC Sports’ TV coverage totals more than 30 live hours. NBC Sports Gold will also stream live, commercial-free coverage of every match with its “Rugby Pass.” and the NBC Sports app will stream all NBC Sports and Olympic Channel TV coverage.

The Rugby World Cup Sevens is the biggest standalone competition outside of the Olympics for an event that debuted at the Rio Games. Traditional 15-a-side rugby was played at the Olympics in 1900, 1908, 1920 and 1924.

Like the Olympics, the World Cup takes place every four years, now in the middle of every Olympic cycle, with men’s and women’s competitions at the same site.

New Zealand is the defending World Cup champion for men and women, though Fiji took the men’s Olympic title and Australia the women’s gold in Rio.

The U.S. finished fifth (women) and sixth (men) in this season’s World Series standings, though the U.S. men won the only World Series leg played in the U.S. in Las Vegas in March.

The U.S. men are led by Perry Baker, the 2017 World Player of the Year, and Carlin Isles, the 2018 World Series leader in tries. The U.S. women feature Naya Tapper and Rio Olympian Alev Kelter, two of the top scorers from the World Series.

The NBC Sports broadcast team includes U.S. Olympian and Super Bowl champion Nate Ebner as a studio analyst. Leigh Diffey and Bill Seward are on play-by-play, and Ahmed Fareed hosts on-site studio coverage.

Former USA Sevens captain Brian Hightower, U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame member Dan Lyle, former Premiership Rugby and English international prop Alex Corbisiero and World Rugby Hall of Famer Phaidra Knight will provide game and studio commentary.

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DayTime (ET)NetworkCoverage Highlights
Friday1 p.m.NBC Sports GoldMen’s Qualifiers
4-7 p.m.Olympic ChannelMen’s Qualifiers
7 p.m.-1 a.m.NBCSNWomen’s Quarters/Men’s Round of 16
Saturday12:25-3 p.m.Olympic ChannelWomen’s Semifinal 1
3-5 p.m.NBCWomen’s Semifinal 2
5-6 p.m.Olympic ChannelMen’s Challenge Quarters
6:30-11:30 p.m.NBCSNMen’s Quarters/Women’s Finals
Sunday11:55 a.m.-2:30 p.m.Olympic ChannelMen’s Bowl/Challenge Semifinals
2:30-5 p.m.NBCMen’s Semifinals
5-7 p.m.Olympic ChannelMen’s Bowl Finals
7-10 p.m.NBCSNMen’s Finals