Mikkelson joins record-breaking weekend in LA

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It's shaping as a record-breaking weekend in HSBC World Sevens rugby in new venue Los Angeles.

 

It is especially noteworthy that two of the United States' highest profile rugby players Perry Baker and Carlin Isles go into their home tournament with the chances to reach 200 tries in World Sevens.

 

Two of the fastest men ever to have played the game, they have captured the imagination of the Sevens world through the years they have played.

 

United States captain Madison Hughes told world.rugby, "They're two of a kind, they're really special guys and they're both very different in their own way.

 

"There's nothing like getting the ball to either of them in the slightest bit of space and they're just gone. We've got not only one speedster, but two who can do that, and few teams can boast that so we're very, very lucky to have them."

 

The USA, having won the American leg of the Sevens in Las Vegas in 2018 and 2019 are looking to mark the shift to the Los Angeles venue at Dignity Health Sports Park with a third win.

 

But it is not only the Americans who are in record-breaking mode as All Blacks Sevens legend Tim Mikkelson is set to become the most capped New Zealand Sevens player when competing in his 90th tournament, passing DJ Forbes' record.

 

It also puts him in sight of James Rodwell's record of 93 tournaments, the most by any player.

 

Mikkelson said: "Passing DJ – a guy that I've played a lot of football with and a guy that I respect is awesome. I played my first sevens tournament with Dan Norton which was an invitational tournament, so it's great to see us still going and our last pool game against each other on Saturday will be an awesome game."

 

New Zealand, who lead the 2019-20 World Series competition are drawn with Wales (6.45am Sunday), Spain (9.41am) and England (1.21pm).

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