Follow the Sevens brick road, if you can find it

Jamaica could probably put 20 sprinters into the Olympics based on fastest times alone. But the Olympics isn't about that - it's participation and all that nonsense. My guess is Australia's region will get 3 places, maybe 4 at a push. Europe will lobby hard for 3 spots, Africa likewise, and the USA and Canada will want in. Same with Argentina. Then there is China and Japan...you can quickly see how it's going to be a squeeze.

16 Oct 2012
Follow the Sevens brick road, if you can find it

Brett - Are Australia even guaranteed a place at the Olympics? I was at the Adelaide Sevens event last year and spoke to the IRB types and it was unclear. At Rio there will be 12 teams. One will be Brazil. So 11 places are available. But it Fiji, NZ, Samoa, Aus and Tonga are included, that leaves just six places for Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas. Clearly that won't happen, especially with the rise of Kenya, Spain, Canada, Argentina etc. So Aus might be fighting for one of 4 places from the Oceania region - or even three. I haven't followed the IOC's policy on this since - has it been clarified?

16 Oct 2012
What Hansen’s first squad means for the Wallabies

Typo alert: *I* do try and provide a balanced argument

18 May 2012
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