Rio Sevens ‘not competitor’
RIO DE JANEIRO — Sevens should not be seen as a competitor to the more traditional game of 15s rugby.
That is the view of World Rugby chairperson Bill Beaumont, who was speaking in Rio de Janeiro on the eve of the 2016 Olympics where Sevens rugby will feature for the first time ever at the Games.
Rugby was previously an Olympic sport and was last contested at Paris 1924 when the United States emerged with the gold medal.
But times have changed, and the growth of Sevens has seen the shorter format of the sport secure a spot on the Olympic stage.
With numbers reportedly dwindling in Super Rugby this year in terms of television figures and stadium attendance, Sevens rugby is seen by many as a way of ensuring the growth of the sport in the future in much the same way that T20 cricket is viewed in relation to Test cricket. — Sport24.