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US chase maiden Hong Kong Sevens win, Tokyo 2020 berth

The Eagles have enjoyed a stratospheric rise in this year's competition with a victory in Las Vegas and four other finals appearances in the six rounds played so far.

Folau Niua #7 of the United States scores a try against New Zealand during the USA Sevens Rugby tournament at Sam Boyd Stadium on 3 March 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The United States won 24-19. Picture: AFP

HONG KONG - A surging United States are "confident" of taking home their maiden cup at this weekend's Hong Kong Sevens, with the unexpected series leaders eyeing a guaranteed Tokyo 2020 berth for the top finishers at the flagship tournament.

The Eagles have enjoyed a stratospheric rise in this year's competition with a victory in Las Vegas and four other finals appearances in the six rounds played so far.

"We've had a good year so far and we're looking to keep it going," captain Madison Hughes told AFP.

"We're confident. There's a lot of good teams here, especially a lot of the top ones that are coming for us. We're excited about that and we believe in ourselves and we're going to give it everything we've got."

Coach Mike Friday said his squad were still finding their feet after vaulting ahead of the traditional rugby powerhouses.

"We're working hard, keeping our heads down and trying to be the best we can," he told reporters Wednesday.

"We'll take every opportunity in every game where it comes and sees where it takes us. But we're in a decent place at the moment, we're confident. We've got a few injury issues like everybody else but the next man in is stepping up for us."

A favourable draw will see the Americans take on fifth-ranked England in the round robin while reigning Hong Kong champions Fiji first faces New Zealand, Australia and 2018 finalists Kenya in the weekend's "group of death" pool.

Fiji coach Gareth Baber said he expected an especially fierce tournament with teams chasing a top-four finish and a ticket to Tokyo next year. "Obviously an Olympic year is huge for everybody.

I've certainly noticed an increasing intensity," he said, adding that the boost in funding for national rugby programmes since the debut of Sevens at the Rio Olympics had raised the stakes in the world series.

Fiji has won the Hong Kong tournament a record 18 times and took home the cup for the past four years. Forty teams are competing in this year's event, with more than 120,000 spectators forecast for the three-day spectacle.

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