Sevens Rugby gaining global appeal

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Ben Crouse
The excitement is mounting with the HSBC Sevens World Series kicking off this week with the season opening Dubai Sevens.
The teams are all in the United Arab Emirates and ready to get the season underway.

This season promises to the be the biggest to date on the circuit with new venues, new rules and even more exposure thanks to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The referee, Ben Crouse, of Bloemfontein who also officiated at the Olympics told Courant from Dubai that the series will be broadcast to more than a 100 countries as the exciting format grows.

“We got a press release a couple weeks ago stating that the Sevens this year, starting in Dubai will be broadcast to over 100 countries.

“The excitement for the Sevens picked up after the Olympics and Dubai is always a good start for the Series and the Springboks Sevens always do well here.

“Sevens is certainly on the rise especially with the smaller countries being able to compete.

“We saw it this year with at the Olympics as well with Japan beating the likes of New Zealand, and teams like Spain and Brazil also did very well.

“It’s become a universal game which is appealing to a lot more nations.”

Jaco Kotze PHOTO: SARU
Jaco Kotze PHOTO: SARU

Meanwhile, another referee of from the City of Roses, Jaco Kotze, will be making his debut on the circuit this week and Crouse added that his quite excited for his colleague and compatriot.

“I’me very excited for Jaco Kotze, he is a Bloemfontein boy himself.

“He was at school at Jim Fouche and he used to be a teacher there as well, so he is making his debut later this week.

The tournament kicks off on Friday morning and the Blitsboks, are in Pool B for the tournament along with Scotland, Uganda and the USA.

Blitzboks Fixtures: Uganda – 08:04, Scotland – 11:04, USA – 17:04. – MORGAN PIEK