The HSBC IRB Sevens Rugby Series makes its only North American stop this weekend in Las Vegas.
The continent's biggest rugby festival is home to hundreds of avid rugby teams and fans, many of whom will no doubt have as good a time off the field as they will on it. But at the heart of the action will be 16 elite national teams who will battle in front of of 30,000 screaming rugby supporters in Sam Boyd Stadium in an attempt to win the fifth leg of the 2012/13 international series.
Series leaders New Zealand arrive in Sin City having just suffered the indignity of watching England claim the Wellington Cup title on their home ground. The All Blacks managed a third-place finish in Wellington, which is good enough to see them maintain a substantial 22-point gap between themselves and their closest competition in the IRB Sevens standings; however, New Zealand head coach Gordon Tietjens will certainly be expecting a more ferocious performance from his troops this weekend.
The country's biggest rugby showcase demands big-time analysis, and this exclusive Bleacher Report preview brings you all you need to know about each of the tournament's four pools.
We begin with a very interesting Pool A, where the reigning Wellington champions from England will look to continue their dominance.
Let's get to it!