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Panel announced for IRB conference

With less than two years to go to Rio, experts will discuss the Olympic effect will have on Rugby. Photo: IRB

With less than two years to go to Rio, experts will discuss the Olympic effect will have on Rugby. Photo: IRB

With just one month to go to the IRB World Rugby Conference and Exhibition 2014 (ConfEx) the IRB has announced speakers for the “Olympic Rugby Sevens – Faster, Higher, Stronger” panel session.

Bringing together experts from the Olympic world and the wider sporting landscape, the panel will discuss how Rugby can make a success of Rio 2016 and become a must-attend event at the Olympic Games.

IOC member Patrick Baumann, who is also Secretary-General of the Fédération Internationale de Basketball Amateur (FIBA) will join the panel to provide insight and advice on what it takes to be a successful Olympic sport and how Rugby can make the most of the debut of Sevens at Rio 2016.

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Irish returns to 7s

Brian Carney celebrates a try in Ireland's last 7s appearance in 2009. Photo: Planet Rugby

Brian Carney celebrates a try in Ireland’s last 7s appearance in 2009. Photo: Planet Rugby

IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora has announced that Irish Rugby will be introducing a Men’s Sevens Programme this season as part of the IRFU’s expanded Player Development Pathway.

The IRFU has entered a team in the Men’s Rugby Europe Championships that take place in Montenegro in June 2015 and will compete in Division C of that competition.

“We are starting right down at the bottom and will work our way up. The Sevens programme is part of the development pathway,” said Nucifora.

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ARU unsure about Gold Coast Sevens future

Fiji's Apisai Domolailai goes in for a try against Samoa in the final. Photo: IRB

Fiji’s Apisai Domolailai goes in for a try against Samoa in the final. Photo: IRB

The future of the Gold Coast Sevens rugby tournament remains unclear after another disappointing attendance at the event on the weekend.

Officially 20,546 attended the two-day event in Robina, an underwhelming return when compared to some of the marquee stops on the tour such as Hong Kong, Wellington or London.

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Fiji win Gold Coast title

Fiji acknowledge the crowd with the spoils of the Gold Coast Sevens win. Photo: IRB

Fiji acknowledge the crowd with the spoils of the Gold Coast Sevens win. Photo: IRB

Fiji defeated Samoa 31-24 in final of the Gold Coast Sevens to win round one of the HSBC Sevens World Series and take an early lead in the race for Olympic qualification.

Setefano Cakau scored two tries in the first half before Apisai Domolaili and Semi Kunatani saw the Fijians take a 26-0 lead.  But Samoa’s Fautua Otto scored just before half time before Lolo Lui, Siaosi Asofolau and Tila Mealoi narrowed the gap to just two points with four minutes to go.

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Uruguay secure final RWC spot

Uruguay celebrate after securing their berth to join England, Australia, Wales and Fiji in Pool A of the 2015 England tournament. Photo: Planet Rugby

Uruguay celebrate after securing their berth to join England, Australia, Wales and Fiji in Pool A of the 2015 England tournament. Photo: Planet Rugby

Uruguay staged a second half comeback to book their place at next year’s Rugby World Cup, defeating Russia 57-49 on aggregate.

The hosts became the 20th and final team to book their place in England next year. Los Teros will join Australia, England, Wales and Fiji in Pool A of the world’s biggest Rugby tournament.

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Road to Rio 2016 kicks off for Rugby Sevens

Brazil's men qualify automatically but the race to join them at Rio 2016 begins on the Gold Coast this weekend. Photo: IRB

Brazil’s men qualify automatically but the race to join them at Rio 2016 begins on the Gold Coast this weekend. Photo: IRB

International Rugby Board Chairman Bernard Lapasset has described the beginning of qualification for Rugby Sevens’ debut at the Olympic Games as an historic moment for the sport.
Rugby will return to the Olympic stage after a break of 92 years when 12 teams will compete in each of the men’s and women’s Rugby Sevens events at Rio 2016. As excitement builds within the global Rugby family, the road to Rio will begin this weekend for the world’s top male teams with the Gold Coast Sevens in Australia.

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Russia edge Uruguay in first leg

Russia's Yuri Kushnarev is defended by Uruguay's Santiago Vilaseca. Photo: IRB

Russia’s Yuri Kushnarev is defended by Uruguay’s Santiago Vilaseca. Photo: IRB

Russia will take the narrowest of leads with them to Montevideo in two weeks’ time after they beat Uruguay 22-21 in Saturday’s first leg of the final Rugby World Cup 2015 qualifier in Krasnoyarsk.
However, while no team likes to lose a game of rugby, Uruguay’s Pablo Lemoine will probably be the more satisfied of the two coaches as his side is still very much in contention at what is effectively half-time.

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