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Today, December 9, the NY Times featured an interesting article about the growth of rugby sevens, importantly, on the first page of the Sports Section. It marks the continuing interest in the United States for this popular version of the sport.
In October 2009, the International Olympic Committee voted rugby sevens (and golf) as new sports into the 2016 Rio games. Rugby, in its seven-a-side version, would return to the Olympics for the first occasion since 1924. (Interested in reading the definitive account of the USA’s gold medal, go buy the book at www.TryfortheGold.com).
At the headquarters of the Italian Rugby Federation in Rome, located in the Stadio Olimpico, the decision was greeted with applause. Andrea Cimbrico, the organization’s media director, said, “This will alter how rugby is viewed around the world. The advancement into the Olympics will make more people aware of the sport. And here in Italy, more emphasis will be placed on developing a sevens team.”
The Times’ story covered the recent Dubai Sevens Tournament (won by South Africa over Australia) with extensive international emphasis, citing Kenya, China, and Portugal in the article. In addition, Zach Test, the Eagles prolific try scorer, was also quoted.
Next up for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens is this weekend in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Then, its 60-days until the USA Sevens in Las Vegas, February 13, 14, and 15.
(To read the complete story, search for “NY Times Rugby Sevens” in your search engine.)