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France’s Joanna Grisez cuts through the Japan defense for a try on day one of the HSBC SVNS at Dignity Health Sports Park on 1 March, 2024 in Los Angeles, United States


Los Angeles witnessed a groundbreaking event on the first night of the HSBC SVNS 2024. For the first time in the U.S., the world’s top 12 women’s rugby teams played alongside the men. This unified tournament set a precedent in sports history.

American Teams Shine

Friday night brought joy to local fans as the U.S. teams won their matches. Their victories at the Dignity Health Sports Park, set for the 2028 Olympics, promised a thrilling weekend.

Women’s Competition Highlights

Australia’s women’s team led the way with a decisive 31-0 victory against Ireland. This win followed a fourth-place finish in Vancouver. They quickly took the lead in Pool B with five tries.

The U.S. women, 2020 champions, dominated Spain 40-5 in Pool C. New Zealand also started strong, defeating South Africa 41-5 in Pool A. Moreover, Brazil secured a 12-5 win over Fiji, showcasing their progress.

Men’s Tournament Excitement

In the men’s games, the U.S. team beat Samoa 31-12, cheered on by the home crowd. Captain Kevon Williams shone in his 50th tournament, leading his team to victory.

Australia defeated New Zealand 24-17 in Pool B, bouncing back from a lower ranking in Vancouver. Argentina and Ireland won their matches, setting a competitive tone for the tournament.

Standings and Performances

Antoine Dupont, a celebrated player, starred in France’s win over Canada. Argentina is currently leading the men’s standings, with Australia leading the women’s.

Looking Ahead

The tournament continues with pool matches and quarter-finals, culminating in Sunday’s finals. Fans worldwide can watch the action on RugbyPass TV or through broadcast partners.

Festival Atmosphere

Attendees can expect a blend of sports, music, and culture. With tickets from $45, the event promises a festive atmosphere, encouraging fans to wear creative costumes.

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