NBC's Universal Sports channel will air action from rugby's 2010-2011 HSBC Sevens World Series.
The competition, which features the game's lightning-fast seven-per-side version, as opposed to the usual 15-per side, begins Dec. 4 on the Web, with rugby action early next year airing on the channel.
The Sevens World Series features the top national teams in the world, including those representing England, New Zealand and South Africa, competing in far-flung locales such as Dubai and Hong Kong on various weekends. Teams accumulate points based on their performance each weekend. Samoa won last year's competition.
The series opens in Dubai Dec. 3-4, which will see the U.S. "Eagles" against fearsome New Zealand, then hits South Africa Dec. 10-11. Coverage will be streamed live Dec. 4 and Dec. 11 on universalsports.com. Subsequent action from South Africa, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Australia, England and Scotland in February, March, April and May will air on Universal Sports.