Absolutely. I'd love to see the 7s team given a little more support but it should come behinf the A team in the hierarchy of player development in my opinion.
Scotland manage to afford both and their Unions much poorer than ours.
Agree 100%, but for the life of me can't see why it needs to be an either-or.
They do, and they are poorer BUT they're also 5 places behind us in the world rankings...
Saying that, I think a 7s team would be a great addition to our international representation. Younger lads would love the opportunity to travel the world and play against some of the fastest and most skillful rugby players in the world. The experience they'd gain would be invaluable.
Me neither, but it does seem to be the line constantly trotted out by the IRFU, though I don't know how much merit it has in reality.
Again I dont see why it has to be an either/or situation either.
Repayments for Landsdown road asside, the coffers of the IRFU have surely never been better.
Of course other areas need funding like the A team & Connaught.
But if Scotland can do it, why cant we!
You'll see what is planned for Sevens during the season next year.
Scotland: Fewer professional players & staff (development, active and administrative), smaller infrastructure, greater government funding, fully owned and paid-up stadium.
What do you know we dont?
I totally disagree with the Connaught as nursery arguement.
1) Its taking the piss out of connaught rugby and its supporters/
2) Bar Keatly and the short, short tenure of Flannery there, when has it been done? Why is Felix Jones in Munster not getting his game, if connaught is some breeding ground for talent?
Its a dead rubber IMO.
The other thing about 7's is its frickin great.
IMO far more entertaining than the 15man game as it is stands.
I dont know about that now, its a different type or game and provides a different kind of entertainment to me.
Fionn Car, Cronin, Jackman, McCormack, Des Dillon even Victor Costello have all beneffited from playing with Connacht
still no policy from the irfu regarding entering 7s in 2016 olympics
hong kong 7s coming up every rugby nation repesented
we need to prepare now...we are sleeping just like the th prop situation
alex cuthbert has come from the 7s in wales..irish rugby deserve a chance at olympic selection..suits wake up
Its not only the top brass in IRFU who need to wake up, its the provincial and regional youths and schools committees who need to do something
provincial and all ireland clubs and schools competitions would be great additions to season either at the start of the season before the leagues start up or at the end of the season after the youths cups to end the underage rugby year
Market them and turn finals into big day out, could be a great idea