And that's a fair enough point, but to compare RL to caber tossing is out of order, especially from somebody who posts so much on the RU parts of this forum (and somebody who I have a lot of time for to be fair).
RL is played in a decent amount of Commonwealth countries, and would have a tournament not dis-similar to RU.
I wasn't intending to compare RL to caber tossing, rather to parody the thought that because a sport is popular in a country where the games are held will have a significant effect on the sports selected.
My view without the flippancy is that RU sevens are well established with regular international and local competitions and offer a chance to countries other than the home nations NZ and Aus to have a medal chance, RL would realistically only offer 3 teams the chance of a medal, two of which are consistently among the top medal winners.
The IRB have done a commendable job for their sport in getting both commonwealth and Olympic recognition but this has been on the back of a regular international calendar. What RL should do (in my view) is ignore the Olympics and Commonwealth games and if they are serious about growing 9s organise regular competitions, and keep at it until the competition gains a critical mass and becomes profitable, high profile and most importantly popular enough that the IOC or Commonwealth equivalent cannot ignore them.