Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Rugby | Sevens

Bernard Lapasset © Gallo Images

Rio inclusion helping rugby to grow globally



The decision to include seven-a-side rugby in the next Olympics is already helping the game to grow in some of the world's most important developing markets, the head of the International Rugby Board said on Wednesday.

Rugby union and golf will both become Olympic sports in Rio in 2016. In the case of rugby, it is the quick fix of sevens rather than the longer, 15-player game that will feature and there will be events for both men and women.

The prospect of a place in the Olympics was helping rugby to conquer new frontiers, with the sport now on free-to-air television in the United States, said IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset.

"It is the key that has unlocked the door to participation in emerging and new rugby markets," Lapasset said.

"Rugby is now in schools in Russia, the host of Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2013, in China, India, Brazil andMexico."

The IRB is investing 150 million pounds over four years to support development in these markets.

Rugby is played mainly in Britain and Ireland, France, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Argentina is its chief outpost in Latin America.

The IRB is hoping that rugby will expand in Brazil itself where soccer has long been the national game.

"We are working in Brazil to ensure that the national men's and women's sevens teams are competitive ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games qualification," said Lapasset.

Tries are plentiful in seven-a-side rugby because the players quickly get spread out across a pitch normally tightly defended by 15 players. Matches are only 14 minutes long, but the game is fast and physically gruelling.

The IRB will finalise the qualifying format for teams to get to Rio in 2014 in coordination with the International Olympic Committee.

Shop

The Poisoned Chalice
The Springboks have had several post-isolation coaches, and if they agree on nothing else, they will concur that everyone in the job suffers enormous pressure
R157.00
Coach - Marco Botha
At 34, Heyneke Meyer was fired as head coach of a Super Rugby team for the second time
R114.00
South Africa XV Ball
South Africa XV Ball Now: R119 Was: R200 Format:Sport EquipmentProduct type:SportDelivery:Dispatched within 24 hours (1 working day) This fan ball...
R119.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Latest Video Highlights

Sports Talk



Kyle Brown
Fans, fun and Sevens success
The week leading up to the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens was a special one. The fans were passionate,...

Brendan Venter
Boks must think outside the box
Springbok supporters have every right to feel disenchanted after an underwhelming end-of-year tour.

Tony Johnson
Boks and Wallabies burnt in final outings
Playing the last test of the year in the last week of November has again proven to be a stumbling...

Gavin Rich
Boks learned quite a lot actually
When SuperSport returned from the Millennium Stadium to the studio discussion, it was mentioned...