#Rio 2016 | Views | Legacy of Rio 2016
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After a phenomenal and electrifying inaugural Olympic appearance, rugby experts are wondering if 7s success will help or hinder the 15s-a-side game?
In the latest edition of “The Rugby Paper”, columnist Colin Boag expresses concerns as the legacy of Rio 2016 “will be further widen the gap between Sevens and 15s” he suspects. “The Sevens boys will become even more specialists, focussing on their lucrative globe-trotting circuit”, the author continues.
Boag describes the two disciplines (7s and 15s) as “chalk and cheese”, arguing that 7s is played by a “specific subset” and therefore it is not a game for the “fat boys”, which consequently strikes at the heart of rugby’s ethos that it’s “a game for all shapes and sizes”. He underlines these arguments with pointing out that “rugby without proper scrums just isn’t rugby”.
Although the article contains some strong views about 7s, Boag identifies the positives about the new Olympic sport, saying that 7s is “made for the modern age, as it doesn’t put a strain on the viewers’ attention span” and notices the great entertainment value which “…is provided in bite-sized chunks - there are none of those gaps in play that so frustrate commentators”.
With the Olympic fairy tale behind us, World Rugby faces the great challenge to “maintain the link to 15s” a challenge which will keep growing with the increasing success of the sport which Boag compares as the “burger” from the high-street chain, as opposed to 15s which in his view is the “juicy steak” in a proper restaurant.
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