Rugby Sevens Preview
The U.S. women's and men's rugby sevens teams enter the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, in search of repeat medal-winning performances. Following a historic season in the World Rugby Sevens Series where both programs qualified for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, medaled at a record number of events and finished with world No. 2 rankings, the teams will use the Pan American Games to build on their momentum with new players in the fold. 

On the men's side, the squad will feature six athletes making their debut in senior competition, using the tournament in Lima as an invaluable opportunity to ready themselves before the Olympic year. The remaining six players will guide the younger group both on and off the field as the sevens program intends to enter its 2020 Olympic season with roster depth in spades. 

The women's side will be filled with 10 senior sevens players who all contributed to the group's success in the 2018-19 season. As six tournaments fill the women's regular season, the Pan American Games will provide an added boost of competitive playing time for the seasoned squad. Two new players who have shined as collegiate student-athletes will join the team in their first appearance at senior international rugby sevens. With a well-banded group of experienced players to lead the way, the women's side will have an equally balanced setup to build on its own growing depth. 

In the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, the United States men finished with a bronze and the women with a silver medal. As both approach the tournament in Lima with the mindset to carry the energy forward from two remarkable seasons, the opportunity for new players to emerge amongst the group will be an exciting and incredibly valuable pillar for both sides.