Sevens is creating its own galácticos
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.