NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The World RFL announced today that ESPN+ will stream the $1 million NYC Champion Sevens rugby tournament live from Red Bull Arena on Saturday, July 15, 2023. Coverage will be available to ESPN+ subscribers, along with ESPN international networks in Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, and Sub-Saharan Africa. ESPN+ will stream nine hours of non-stop NYC Champion Sevens action, including 16 games starting at 11:45 a.m. EST.

“Unlike any new sports league in history, the World RFL’s inaugural event will showcase World Rugby’s greatest seven’s teams fighting for World Rugby’s richest-ever prize – $1 million cash,” said William Tatham, Esq., the World RFL Founder and Commissioner. “It’s only fitting that this great championship be live on the industry-leading sports streaming service, ESPN+.”

Nations projected to participate in the NYC Champion Sevens include New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, France, Fiji, Ireland, Kenya, and the United States. The tournament is sanctioned by the U.S. Olympic and World Cup governing body USA Rugby.

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About The World RFL

The World RFL was founded to establish America’s first professional major rugby sevens league, delivering avid and casual fans an exciting, world-class live sports event and media experience. The World RFL’s premiere $1 million NYC Champion Sevens will kick-off major league play on July 15, 2023 showcasing the world’s greatest teams playing for the world’s richest prize. The league is committed to offering private investment opportunities via sports franchise ownership. The World RFL’s innovative start-up will target expansion of two playoff tournaments leading to the RFL’s 2024 Champion Sevens, with the three tournaments in 2024 offering a total prize of $4 million. Through collaboration with USA Rugby, the World RFL is committed to developing the league’s six-year growth into the top sixteen U.S. media markets, producing and distributing a range of sports, entertainment and gaming content, marketing initiatives, and grassroots programs aimed at educating and exciting America and the world’s rugby fans and players.

About ESPN+

ESPN+ is the industry-leading sports streaming service that offers fans in the U.S. thousands of live sports events, original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks and exclusive editorial content from dozens of ESPN writers and reporters. Launched in April 2018, ESPN+ has grown to more than 24.9 million subscribers. Fans sign up to ESPN+ for just $9.99 a month (or $99.99 per year) at, or on the ESPN App (mobile and connected devices).


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