Sevens is cre­at­ing its own galác­ti­cos

Rugby World - - The Fans’ View - Jonathan Gollings, Dorset

How Stephen Jones man­ages to find crit­i­cism to­wards sevens rugby is in­cred­i­ble (Oc­to­ber 2016 is­sue). For years this sport has pro­vided the high­est stan­dard of en­ter­tain­ment and al­lowed lower-tier na­tions to come up through the ranks.

The world got to see it on cen­tre stage at the Olympics, in both the men’s and women’s game. He’s wrong to think that at the last minute so-called galác­ti­cos should be drafted into an ex­ist­ing, gelled squad – what an in­sult to the spe­cial­ists that play this game. How dis­re­spect­ful to the tal­ent on dis­play to not con­sider them ‘world class’. Did he not no­tice the likes of Quade Cooper and Sonny Bill Wil­liams look dis­tinctly av­er­age in their re­spec­tive sevens teams prior to the Olympics?

No, the an­swer is to sit back and watch the short­ened ver­sion of the game ex­plode (like Twenty20 cricket) and the play­ers will be­come galác­ti­cos in their own right. Sevens has a far-reach­ing global ap­peal, brings crowds to see great com­pe­ti­tion and en­ter­tain­ment, and I hope will soon grow in rev­enue to meet the 15s game.

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