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Gosman

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In Topic: NZ Sevens dilemma - Olympics

02 August 2014 - 06:16 PM


New Zealand and Australian Rugby Union players are mainly on central contracts. Therefore Super 15 coaches have little say in that decision. It is why established All Blacks can take a sabbatical or be rested by the NZRFU.

 

In Topic: NZ Sevens dilemma - Olympics

31 July 2014 - 02:22 AM

This is ridiculous. I'm sorry, but I've seen the 7s circuit and top international players would take 2-3 weeks max to be ready to play in an Olympics. Some could actually turn up on the day and make an impact in some of the IRB 7s I've seen. Why are they trying to make out it is something it isn't? It is not a step up for world class athletes - it is a dilution.

 

The training regime of the All Black 7's squad under Gordon Tietjens is notorious for being especially tough. I doubt many of the current 15's players could handle the pace initially. The game also has very different structure and skill set from 15's. Some might adapt as fast as you imply but some would struggle.


In Topic: NZ Sevens dilemma - Olympics

31 July 2014 - 02:14 AM

It could take these players a fair while to learn the "nuances" of the 7's game though.

Things like running, passing and tackling come to mind ;-)

 

 

Are you suggesting the All Black 15's players don't know how to run, pass or tackle?


In Topic: Commonwealth Games 7s

28 July 2014 - 06:38 PM

Yet Rugby Union has no problem getting people to watch the game. Why would Rugby Union contemplate your suggestion when 7 ' s is providing the publicity that the IRB was looking for?

In Topic: Commonwealth Games 7s

27 July 2014 - 11:51 PM

The tactics from NZ in the second part of the first half was deliberate to run down the clock whilst they were a man down. As for if the game was poor or not, I would suggest 45000 people at the game didn't agree with you.