The Rugby Sevens World Series is set to expand to include more nations as the sport heads for its first inclusion as an Olympic Sport, taking part in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The number of teams taking part in the tournament will increase from the current 12 core teams to 15 in the 2012/2013 season. The Hong Kong Sevens taking place in March will be used to determine which three teams will qualify for inclusion in the event from next season.
South African coach Paul Treu has welcomed this news, as the sport is growing at a pace not seen in many other sports. It’s viewership has increased 10-fold over the past three years, and with more nations now supporting their teams, this should continue in the same vain.
In more Sevens news, Paul Delport will miss this weekend’s Las Vegas leg as a result of a cheekbone injury, which he sustained in the Plate Final win over Tonga. Either Chase Minnaar or Renfred Dazel will replace Delport for the leg.Tweet