World Rugby has given its approval for a new 5-a-side version of the sport (Rugby X) with an international tournament likely to be held in London later this year, according to a report in the .
World Rugby (Governing Body) is hopeful the shortened version — Rugby X — can improve the game’s finances and boost its international appeal much
They are planning on having 5 more tournaments worldwide with ITV in talks to acquire tv rights to show the initial event to be held in London’s O2 Arena.
The world’s major rugby sevens nations including England, Australia, Wales, Fiji and France are potential participants. Other nations are set to comment in coming weeks.Embed from Getty Images
Former England & Fiji Sevens coach Ben Ryan has helped develop the new format, where matches last 10 minutes and are played indoors on artificial grass pitches.
Rugby X lays emphasis on quick gameplay and does not have a half-time break or change of ends, while action resumes from the defending team’s end after a try is scored.
The three-man scrums are uncontested and lineouts have been replaced by throws which will be taken by a substitute from the side which has possession.
Wallabies selector O’Connor outlines requirements for Quade Cooper
New Australian Rugby selector Michael O’Connor has highlighted that Quade Cooper can take less risks to win international selection, now that he has joined the Melbourne Rebels.
Connor is set to start his work as a selector next month. He will work alongside head coach Michael Cheika and in-coming director of Rugby Scott Johnson.
He told the Sydney Morning Herald: “There are still areas in his game he needs work on and if he can improve those, well then he’ll be in the reckoning.
“I would be very surprised if Michael (Cheika) didn’t agree with that. At Test level though you can’t be throwing blind passes. You can’t be taking risks at the line.”
Cooper was impressive during the Rebels recent 34-27 victory against the Brumbies.
O’ Connor expects his side to face a few selection dilemmas this year especially as it is a world cup year. However, he does feel that the final decisions will ultimately go down to coach Cheika.
Check out some of Quade’s highlights from his debut with the Rebels
Sonny Bill Williams linked with Canadian move.
Toronto Wolfpack owner David Argyle says the club are on the brink of signing one of the biggest names in rugby union according to League Weekly.
Several players have been linked with Canadian club across social media, but it does seem that Sonny Bill Williams is the name that seems most likely.
The 33-year-old has played across both codes. He left rugby league to return to the Union in 2014.
SBW has suggested in a number of interviews that he would like to finish his rugby career in League, where it all
Wolfpack owner Argyle certainly stirred the pot while speaking at a viewing party on Saturday night.
“We’ve got some really exciting things coming up,”
“Before the Rugby Union World Cup in Japan later this year, we will have one of the top five rugby players in the world (coming here).”
Toronto’s rise in Rugby League has been a radical one with the team playing their first pro game in 2017.
Backed by billionaire Argyle, who has made his fortune in mining they almost secured back-to-back promotions but were beaten in last year’s Million Pound Game by London Broncos.
They have started this seasons campaign with real purpose and have set their sights on the top flight under new head coach Brian McDermott.
Could we actually see Sonny Bill Williams become part of the ‘Wolfpack’ and appear for the transatlantic team next season, potentially in Super League?
Stranger things have happened.
Barrett wary of French move following Savea blastings
Beauden Barrett was speaking to reporters since the comments were made and
The unrepentant French tycoon doubled-down on his criticism of Savea with another astonishing rant after Savea publically responded to the ‘released‘ comments made by his boss. This sparked a huge Twitter backlash against Boudjellal with friends and former colleagues of the All Black winger showing him their support.
Barrett took things a step further when questioned if Boudjellal’s comments would put him off signing for Toulon when he decides his post RWC Future.
“It certainly doesn’t help,” he told reporters.
“Firstly, you’ve got to be comfortable. It’s a big move to move offshore and you have to be happy with a number of things.
“Your family have to be happy, you have to be happy with the coaching setup and team culture, so there are a number of different things.
“It’s totally different over there from what we see externally. It must be a different dynamic, it’s not the same as here.”
The owner was particularly unhappy Savea took a month
“I can not think it’s normal for a player paid more than 1 million euros per year to go on holiday to Fiji for a month in December … he just had to attend his brother’s wedding, not take long leave,”
Boudjellal words perhaps were an intentional warning for those considering joining the club.
“Do not come to Toulon as a tourist. There is enough in the region,”
Earlier this season the outspoken owner came out and said when he intended leaving the club. Perhaps this isn’t soon enough for some players.
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