Rugby 7s team (Men) from Barbados has got the ultimate opportunity to participate in the Commonwealth Games which are going to take place in Glasgow in July, 2014. The Barbados team has replaced the rugby team of Nigeria and has entered Group A for the Rugby Sevens matches. In Group A, Barbados will get the chance to compete against some of the best Rugby Sevens teams representing Canada, Scotland and New Zealand respectively.
A variant of the rugby union is the Rugby Sevens which is also known as seven-a-side or VIIs. In this variant the teams include seven players and not the usual number of 15, with the shorter matches. The International Rugby Board (IRB), which is responsible for the rugby union across the world, administers the Rugby Sevens.
The most notable news in the rugby sevens category right now is the fact that ACT Brumbies are seeking redemption at the next World Cup which will be held in Twickenham later this weekend.
Invented in the Scottish borders of Melrose way back in 1883 and immensely popular as a sport throughout the world, Rugby Sevens is a fast paced version of the full version of the Rugby Union or Rugby League game and is considered to be even harder and tougher as a competitive sport compared to the other two codes of rugby.
The Newcastle Falcons may have lost in the final of the British and Irish Cup but according to Richard Mayhew, it will not be a deciding factor when the club takes on the challenge of the Bedford Blues in the Rugby Football Union Championship play-off final as they target an immediate return to the Aviva Premiership after just a season away from the English top flight.
The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 will see the debut of Rugby Sevens as an official sport in the Games and it is expected a decision as to where the events will be held will be made when the governing bodies meet next month. The venue for the hockey events for the Olympic Games will also be discussed, according Leonardo Gryner, the chief operating officer.
Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the London Welsh will be heading to play against the Exeter Chiefs as they look to secure an all important win so as to create a buffer between them and the drop zone, which they are perilously close to following last weekend’s narrow defeat at the hands of relegation threatened Sale Sharks.
And going into the match, Lyn Jones, the Director of Rugby of the club has made three changes for the trip, hoping to put an end to the slump that has seen them dragged into the relegation dog fight.
IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset and the President of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge are really prospective about the inclusion of the rugby sevens at the youth Olympic Games to be held at Nanjing in 2014.
After this, it will be officially introduced at the Rio Olympics in 2016. With such an approach they think that not only rugby sevens but rugby as a sport will gain more popularity among the youth. This will also give an opportunity to all those aspiring rugby players and fresh stars-to-be in rugby to show their skills and get their career rolling.
It was a good ending for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Union side Gloucester Rugby at Kingsholm because they are just a step away from taking home their first ever trophy. The team had been backed well by the new manager Nigel Davies.
They finished third at the JP Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s and made it to the finals of the tournament. Meanwhile, The Cherry Whites too gets to play in the finals that is scheduled to be held on the coming Friday.