Wednesday 18 October 2017

Sevens game could be a real hit in Ireland

Matthew D'Arcy, Tom Daly and Cian Aherne at the launch of the Ireland Men's Rugby Sevens Squad
Matthew D'Arcy, Tom Daly and Cian Aherne at the launch of the Ireland Men's Rugby Sevens Squad

David Wallace

I watched the final leg of the World Sevens Circuit at Twickenham on Sunday and I believe it could be a watershed moment for the sport.

The USA team easily beat the Australians in the final of the cup, and with Sevens to be played at the Olympics in Rio, the Americans could be a real force.

These guys love the space and you have players who are just made for it and built for the game because of their background in American football.

For player development and going into 15s, I think Sevens is brilliant.

The game is an incubator for rugby players because you're exposed in defence and attack. It is like playing at full-back for 15 minutes for high intensity and it brings on your game, notably your ball skills and fitness levels.

Ireland are finally joining the Sevens party, and I commend that decision, but I think it might be a bit too late for a successful tilt for a medal the next Olympics.

Hopefully now the IRFU will be committed to the game's sustained development here. They can use it as a tool to bring on players, but to be competitive at the top level you need to be playing Sevens professionally.

Irish Independent

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