The popular Rugby League World Sevens Tournament could make a comeback writes Josh King from Global Rugby League.
The possible resurrection of the widely supported format could become a reality by 2010 albeit in a slightly different format. There is no doubting the value of the format to growing League nations and World Wide TV exposure of the game itself.
Last staged in 2004 in
â€œWe would be looking at just having nations in the World Sevens. By having an Australian team means that it will not interrupt preparations for any NRL clubs,â€ Rugby League Development Officer Tas Baiteri said.
According to an article in the March edition of Rugby League Review, a nines tournament could replace Sevens football if there is enough interest from competing nations.
The RL World Sevens is viewed by many involved in the sport as the catalyst for nations playing Rugby League at a higher skill level including places such as
Sadly due to Super League the tournament went into recess before it returned in 2003, allowing reigning premiers
Wests Tigers were the last team to capture silverware in the tournament in 2004.
1988: South Sydney Rabbitohs
1989: Balmain Tigers
1993: Eastern Suburbs
1998-2002: Not held.
2004: Wests Tigers.
By Josh King