Saturday 24 February 2018

Tony Ward: IRFU guilty of Sevens deadly sin

Unforgivable to ignore exciting Olympic format that enhances skills for 15-a-side

Fiji players and officials celebrate after beating Wales in the final of this year’s Hong Kong Sevens, which were an outstanding success
Fiji players and officials celebrate after beating Wales in the final of this year’s Hong Kong Sevens, which were an outstanding success

As quick as they can be out of the blocks when publicising anything to do with preparation of the women's team towards Rio 2016 and the inaugural Olympic Sevens, the IRFU are not so enthusiastic when it comes to promoting the men's equivalent – or more accurately, the lack of same.

This week my colleague Ruaidhri O'Connor highlighted in these pages the frustration felt by Irish international Cian Aherne when exhausting every path possible in his attempt to prompt the governing body into supporting action for the abridged version of the game.

When it comes to Sevens, for some reason best known to themselves (and it's not all financial), the IRFU will not budge.

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