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There's been plenty of discussion about Golf being included in the Olympics but how about the other sport that's looking likely, Rugby.

For anyone that doesn't know, the format that's been suggested for the Olympics is the seven a side version with 7 minute halves, instead of the normal 15 per side and 40 minute halves.

Personally I think rugby sevens is a great choice for the Olympics. Rugby is growing in popularity world wide and the sevens format should work great for the Olympics. It's fast paced with plenty of action and which makes it easy for non-rugby fans to get into (if you've even watched a sevens tournament you know how much of a party it usually is), the short games means you can fit a tournament into 2 days so it won't take up too much time, the Olympic medal will be the pinnacle of achievement in the sport and it's been run very successfully in a similar format at the Commonwealth Games. Plus it doesn't hurt that New Zealand are rather good at it .

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I would love to see rugby in the Olympics. I have played the last few years in highschool, 2008 state champs also. This upcoming spring will be my last season though.
But I really think Rugby Sevens should be in the Olympics. Awesome to watch.
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I played Rugby in High School as well. After playing nearly every sport, Rugby was by far the most fun. It definitely stresses the importance of working as a team. Although I am glad to see 7s as a potential Olympic sport, I would rather see a full squad competing, but I am still happy nonetheless.

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Plus it doesn't hurt that New Zealand are rather good at it

Can we just call it now, New Zealand for the Gold. Those guys dominate. But yeah, Rugby would be a great addition to the Olympics.
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Not as much as you might think they do,they have only won 1 Rugby World Cup back in 1987.

Ahh but don't forget that this is sevens we're talking about here. Although NZ has an unrivaled ability to choke in the 15 man version world cup, when it comes to sevens we've won the IRB Sevens World Series 8 times in the last 10 years and all three gold medals when it's been played at the Commonwealth Games.

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Sevens rugby would be great in the olympics. My friends and i started playing in college and it is a great sport that a lot of people would love if they were introduced to it.
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Rugby is a very interesting sport to watch. I have absolutely no idea how the game is supposed to be played, no idea on strategies or rules, only see it about once every couple years but it looks pretty awesome so I'm all for it. Olympics also means more exposure to the American audience, the majority of whom have never seen rugby before.
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I think it would be a good move to add rugby. In my opinion, golf does not belong there. There are enough major golf tournaments for professionals and amateurs, and trying to fit the Olympics in will be difficult. It is like that new baseball series in the spring where Major Leaguers from the US have to decide whether to play there or get ready for the season here. Why crowd the schedule?

Rugby should be a nice fit, and I think it will be approved.
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Awesome for New Zealand to show some of its rugby talent to the world and even countries like kenya,samoa,tonga who are getting much better at sevens. This will only help teams like this get better.

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Awesome for New Zealand to show some of its rugby talent to the world

This was my thought as well. With an arena such as the Olympics, NZ may not be on top of sevens for long!

Kinda like Basketball. It is really entertaining to watch other teams totally destroy our NBA players every once in a while.
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