22 de março de 2014


Os sevens estão na ordem do dia, a selecção portuguesa está em Tóquio e chegou a altura de todos aprendermos a ver o que os outros fazem, e porque as coisas acontecem.

Temos tido a arte de manter uma posição de destaque na cena internacional, mas todos temos que aprender um pouco mais, para que os sevens cresçam em Portugal e a variante seja um sucesso nacional que suporte os êxitos da sua equipa representativa.

Hoje escolhemos dois curtos vídeos para você ver, o primeiro com os melhores momentos do dia de ontem em Tóquio, e o outro para que se compreendam algumas das coisas que acontecem no campo.

Veja os vídeos na nossa Videoteca, com o apoio da Groundlink

1 comentário:

Anónimo disse...

O futuro do Rugby está aqui

USA Rugby CEO Melville authored some interesting tweets yesterday after Keith Wood's comments on the BBC about Six Nations promotion and relegation, which got me thinking, and I'm not sure why this hasn't been put forward sooner...

Canada and the USA need opponents during the Six Nations window, where they are afforded player release as Northern Hemisphere countries. Georgia and Romania need stronger opponents and more professional unions to work alongside. The IRFU and RFU both run 'A'-side programs which are significantly more organised than their Six Nations counterparts - Wales no longer even run an 'A' side.

So, the six make perfect partners in lots of ways.

I propose The [insert corporate sponsor - AIG?] Rugby Championship, to be played during the Six Nations window, featuring: Canada, England Saxons, Ireland Wolfhounds, Georgia, Romania, USA

Unlike other competitions involving these sides that have been played in the June window, largely at small, neutral venues like the Churchill Cup was, this would be launched as an elite competition from the start, with all sides playing at home, in large stadiums, with matches televised on local official broadcasters. England and Ireland 'A' would play on Friday nights or Saturday afternoons North American time so not to conflict with Six Nations broadcasts.

Here's a sample 2015 schedule, based around the Six Nations fixtures. It can be arranged so that just a single nation has to cross the Atlantic and back more than once each year. Ireland are the unlucky side in this random example.

Saturday, 7 February – Romania v Georgia, Cluj; Canada v England Saxons, Toronto*; USA v Ireland Wolfhounds, Houston

Friday, 13 February – England Saxons v USA, Oxford; Ireland Wolfhounds v Romania, Limerick
Saturday, 14 February – Georgia v Canada, Tbilisi

Friday, 27 February – Ireland Wolfhounds v England Saxons, Belfast
Saturday, 28 February – Georgia v USA, Tbilisi; Romania v Canada, Bucharest

Friday, 13 March – England Saxons v Georgia, Leicester
Saturday, 14 March – USA v Romania, Philadelphia; Canada v Ireland Wolfhounds, Toronto

Friday, 20 March – Georgia v Ireland Wolfhounds, Tbilisi; England Saxons v Romania, Exeter
Saturday, 21 March – USA v Canada, New York

*Rogers Centre, covered stadium

And of course this doesn't completely disrupt the ENC pyramid and allows for a division 1A of Belgium - Germany - Moldova - Portugal - Russia - Spain (arguably more competitive) and so on. They can even play it in the split window like ENC 1B does, since Russia have a strong desire to play outside the 6N window.

With regard to RWC qualification, the bottom team from USA-Canada and Romania-Georgia would have to play in their respective qualifiers in years prior to WCs. The top placed side would go in as Americas or Europe 1