Fiji Sun - - Comment -

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.

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