Rio Sevens ‘not com­peti­tor’

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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.

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