Rugby in the Olympics

I don't know that much about the game, but a friend who is a fan says that in most of the world 7s is usually sort of a developmental league for rugby union.

That means, he says, that the 7s players at the 2016 Olympics won't be the best in the world.

Is that accurate?

That sport is for queers who didn't have the balls to play anything in high school. Phone Post 3.0

more or less. Obviously there are some very talented rugby seven players in the world, but the best play 15 a side.

It will be like baseball back in the day. Good players, but not the best.

But I do think Seven's was the way to go for the Olympics. I think it's more viewer friendly to non fans. And obviously logisticly it is way easier to run.

yes 7's is not nearly as big as rugby union so all the best players will be playing there

oblongo - I don't know that much about the game, but a friend who is a fan says that in most of the world 7s is usually sort of a developmental league for rugby union.

That means, he says, that the 7s players at the 2016 Olympics won't be the best in the world.

Is that accurate?

Yes - its a 14min a game, side attraction to the main sport used typically for developing young players and places a premium on speed.

If you are small and fast you can be good at sevens usually.

Sevens players are normally about 150-185lbs where as pros are 200-275lbs typically.

The island nations take it very seriously though and its probably bigger than the main game to the fijians.

Fun to watch, hellish to play

Day Tournament format rugby.

Not so much of the big hits, more floaty basketball type passing with so much space that the fast nippy little guys do well in.

World 7s tourneys CAN be feeder talent pools but often the players seen in 7s don't make it onto the 15 aside pitch.

Perfect format for Olympics but the results of the tourney will have very little bearing on who is actually good that year.

7's is easier to learn for a casual viewer and more commercial friendly than 15's. It is also for the faster guys.

I don't know that much about the game, but a friend who is a fan says that in most of the world 7s is usually sort of a developmental league for rugby union.

That means, he says, that the 7s players at the 2016 Olympics won't be the best in the world.

Is that accurate?


It's mainly a development side for emerging players, with the best going on to play full Rugby (although there are some Sevens specialists).

For the last Commonwealth Games, the All Blacks released former Sevens players like Liam Messam etc.




Sevens players are normally about 150-185lbs where as pros are 200-275lbs typically.


LOL...what????

I hate the idea of rugby in the Olympics. Same as basketball, and synchronised swimming.

The 7's game has a world series every year, and more often New Zealand wins it. I think it's one of the only things we actually get a medal for, hence why we're so set on keeping it in there.

That said, the guys that play 7's are much fitter than the guys that play 15's, with a couple of exceptions. And when the game is played with half the players on the same size pitch space is much easier to find. Most of those guys are hard pressed to play as good with less space to move on the field. Phone Post

Boxing in the Olympics also does not have the best fighters.

Olympic rugby will probably be excellent in promoting the careers of young players