THE FUTURE OF RUGBY KEY POINTS
Rugby world has expanded through 7s with countries like the United States, Kenya and Brazil embracing it, in the men’s and women’s games, while China, South Korea and Kazakhstan have won medals at regional events:
While the tier system will still be in place to support the development of 15s teams in 2026, it will be less useful as a guide to 7s performance.
If the money in the sport is still predominantly associated with the 10 unions that compete at 15s in the Six Nations in Europe and The Rugby Championship in the southern hemisphere, and global investment driven by the four-yearly Rugby World Cup, the breadth of participation, by region and by gender, is now associated with 7s.
The report expects their number to more than double from 7million today to 15million by 2026 with most of the new ones coming into the sport through 7s. Fijians should be proud of being associated with a sport that made us world champions and we try to keep that status post Rio 2016.