Produced in partnership with Penn Mutual, NBC Sports, Jalbert Productions and United World Sports, Rugby Rising captures some of the stories behind America’s men’s and women’s rugby sevens teams as they pursue gold in Rio.
The 1 hour documentary provides an in-depth look at the men’s USA Sevens team as they prepare to compete in front of their home crowd at the 2016 USA Sevens International Tournament, the only U.S. stop on the HSBC Sevens World Series. The women’s national sevens team, led by standout Kristen Thomas, is also featured as they competed in Las Vegas Invitational, which is the largest multi-level participatory tournament in the western hemisphere and is played annually alongside the USA Sevens in Las Vegas.
Like most sports in America, the roots of success are built at the collegiate level. Rugby Rising presented by Penn Mutual, captures the essence of what it means to play for some of America’s most dominant universities, highlights the importance the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship had on the development of America’s Olympic hopefuls, and showcases the authentic values of one of the world’s largest sports.