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... and if Scotland are independent? instead of 2 years of arguments and bad blood (like team GB football), why don't we simply say the 7s team which is highest in the international ranking can go on and represent the nations which make of GB....
@ 8I'm sure a few of them would be selected but you have to say someone like George North or Ben Foden would provide some well known names and great ability. As good as some of the 7s specialists the best players are all playing the 15 man game. A few 7s specialists would help tactics and organisation for sure though.
I'm genuinely sad that it's not Scotland/ England/ Wales in Rio, specifically for Sevens, but the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 will see the home nations up against each other, and that would be a good basis to see the best each nation has to offer and move forwards from there. Ireland don't have a current sevens team, so should be interesting... good luck to them.
I think we'll be fine with a few boot camps and a few months prior. I also think we'll end up picking a sevens select from test players. They are faster, harder and more athletic. Tim Visser would be picked ahead of anyone in the current Scots sevens squad, and the same goes for Ashton and Foden or Halfpenny and North. Laidlaw has massive sevens experience.
I'd love to see a Team GB sevens team but I don't see it happening two years before Rio with a world cup in 2015. Who is going to release their players a year before a RWC? A Lions style set-up is the only way it would work unfortunately which means relying on individual brilliance rather than team cohesion because they get together for only a few months. Ireland would have their own team
It must be hard for Sir Clive he comes up with very simple and clear Ideas on how to stand any chance of winning a compertion in what ever sport and then has to stand back and whatch as we make a total mess of itIt is very simple don't enter a compertion unless you are going to put your best foot forward
wales and england together have a gold medal team and scotland have some quality aswell, there is no need for 15's players to get picked, i also agree with peter these guys are professionals they dont to play together for 2 years i think 6 months before is enough time, i hope GB to field a 7's team though
Why try and poach 15s players anyway when Eng, Scot & Wales have fantastic 7's players on the go year round. Give the specialists at the time a go at the olympics, players like Rob Vickerman on the 7s circuit who have pretty much retired from 15s to play 7s, guys like that should play at the olympics and have their chance, leave the 15s players for the world cups etc.
Its nice in theory but realistically 7's will always take 2nd place to full 15's. There is more interest and money involved in 15's. I love the idea of 7's being added to the Olympics. As it stands now the English, Welsh and Scottish have all got faily decent 7's sides. I dont think they need 2 years together. Maybe a few months.
forget it. wales use the 7s as a way of developing young players who later move on to the 15s. it will take an awful lot of money to get the WRU to cave.also, this is going to be before every Olympics and as such wales would lose it's 7s team for 2 years before reinstating it-- too much of a disruption and too much of an erosion of the welsh national team.wales comes first.
Have you enough money for the piper Sir Clive?
I'd like to see the home nations compete amongst themselves to select a team to go to the Olympics to represent the islands. If Ireland won, then Britain would not send a team, and vice versa. Its important that the team has played together. I think is the best way of offering a competitive team that has played together at the highest level in the IRB competition.
I think this is just Woody fishing for a new contract now his Olympics is over.
Can I just point out that Ireland don't have a sevens team in the IRB Sevens series as they choose to focus on their Ireland As team instead! Great article otherwise!!!
Good idea, but the Home Unions will be focusing on the build up to the 2015 WC. The likelihood of regular access to any main 15 a side international or squad player before then is unrealistic. Wales have already lost their coach to the Lions and injury for over 1 year.The focus instead needs to be on the 7 a side players and maybe attempt to get a combined GB team competing.
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