Wednesday, February 17, 2010
As the USA Sevens neared completion this past weekend at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Samoa achieved a great win over New Zealand in the Cup final. The host team, the USA, did some celebrating of their own though.
It was Valentines Day, and it was in Vegas, so USA Sevens captain Kevin Swiryn felt it was the perfect moment to propose to his girlfriend, backed by his teamates after they'd just beaten France in the Bowl Final.
It was a pretty good win, beating the French 28-17 in front of 18 000 passionate fans, many of which were experiencing Sevens for the first time live, and certainly for the first time in the entertainment capital of the world.
''If you compare this to the first year it took place in L.A. and the first year it was in San Diego, I think Las Vegas blows it away,'' USA coach Al Caravelli said.
Samoa beat New Zealand 33-12 in the main comp, the Cup Final. We haven't yet featured highlights of that here on RD, but if you're interested, please post a comment below to let us know and we'll make a plan.
Mention should be made of another player, Marco Barnard, whose father sadly passed away earlier in the week. Barnard stuck with the side though, and he can be seen involved in the try at the beginning of this clip.
So after the USA beat France, emotions flowed as Swiryn interrupted the team talk to let the side know that he wants them with him for the big moment, along with a camera crew and the attention of the world. Needless to say, she said yes, and another first for rugby took place.
Only in Vegas.
Note: Thanks to the IRB.