Two sevens wins over New Zealand, a professional league looming and the nation’s fastest growing team sport – the US now offers rugby the richest prize
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ONE of the world’s top Rugby Sevens sides, Fiji, is renowned for its blinding pace, dazzling attack and ferocious defence.
Fiji began the defence of their HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series title in ominous fashion as they beat England 28-17 in the final to claim victory at the opening event of the season in Dubai today.
The giant wing had stumbled as he approached the flailing Catt at Newlands, regained his balance, and kept on going to the tryline, and beyond. The legend was born.
World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper believes it is important that rugby sevens puts on a “big show” when it makes its Olympic debut at Rio 2016 in order to further its case to become a core sport on the Games programme.
Known more commonly as simply rugby, the sport developed in England in the 1800 as another form of football at Rugby School (a well known co-ed boarding school located in the town of Rugby, Warwickshire, UK). Contenders were allowed to uses their hands to carry the ball towards the goal. The game became popular outside the school system and several clubs sprung up all over England and in the colonies.
In January 1871, 22 clubs gathered and formed the Rugby Football Union. The first international match, between England and Scotland was played in the same year; twenty players per side, 13 forwards, 3 half backs, 1 three quarter and three fullbacks. In 1886 the International Rugby Board (IRB) was formed. It currently has 96 full member Unions and 19 Associate members.
The Trinidad and Tobago Rugby Football Union is full member union for this country since 1992.