ARU CEO Bill Pulver, in conjunction with Steve Tew CEO NZR, recently forecast the introduction of sevens rugby as a summer sport.
This is an excellent strategy for Australian 7s recruitment, as it will open the door to athletes from other codes to play the game, thus increasing the selection pool for the Rio Olympics immeasurably.
The free flowing nature of sevens rugby, with its global travel and the potential of going to the Olympics makes for a very attractive proposition.
Fast forward to the 2014 season when NRL players will start to negotiate contracts that will allow them to play sevens rugby in summer and the possibility of Australia fielding the following 7s side:
1. Will Genia,
2. Israel Folau,
3. Jesse Mogg,
4. Michael Hooper,
5. Greg Inglis,
6. Billy Slater
7. Jonathan Thurston
Reserves: David Pocock, Jarryd Hayne, Cameron Smith, Jesse Parahi, Ed Jenkins
The demarcation lines between the rugby codes will become further blurred, especially if Australia win’s a gold medal at the Rio Olympics!