Not really, no

World Rugby Sevens Series spearheads push for gender equality in sport

They’re not paying on the same teams now, are they?

Actually, this would be an interesting thing if anyone knows about it. Sevens being a pretty minority sport. Given the difference in physiques do we see large tactical differences in the two games?

7 thoughts on “Not really, no”

  1. Tactically, not really.

    The thing with sevens is that there should be space because there’s more space than defenders — but good teams manage to cover despite that.

    Men pass further, but the defenders cover faster to make up for it. So watching men isn’t significantly different from watching women.

    The power at the breakdown, height at the lineout, strength of scrumming is different, of course, but it cancels out in practice because both sides are relatively similar.

    I’m happy to watch almost any rugby, so easily pleased in that regard, but I’ll watch womens sevens as happily as mens. Sure it’s slower, but not significantly different tactically.

  2. Sevens is a good place to start. My sole experience was being in Hong Kong some years ago when it was on, purely by coincidence, and seeing a lot of hairy blokes dressed as Japanese schoolgirls. One of those images one desperately wants to forget but can’t. Still it shows that they already have a long tradition of all kinds of diversity.

  3. Most women’s sport is barely worth watching, and sevens is no different. Tactically no different to the men’s game, but a good colts side would beat the England women.

  4. It would be grossly irresponsible to have mixed sevens teams. Collisions are often faster than in XV so the Newton force involved is even greater, inevitably leading to serious injury. Tactics would change so teams targeted the female defenders, losing much of the subtlety of the sport.

  5. Sevens rugby requires a different fitness than the traditional 15s game. Power isn’t as important. Pace, organisation and ridiculous levels of fitness are. A few of the women’s squads are now professional and it shows.

    I suspect that the best women’s 7s teams could beat a decent colts team – England being nowhere near the best. They could probably beat lesser senior teams too. It might take two women to drag a man down but they would invariably have two on hand, and a third to win the breakdown and a fourth to act at scrum half while the hugely unfit men were still wheezing across from the last breakdown.

    Anyone with Sky could catch up with the SA 7s which took place at the weekend. NZ and Aus dominate the women’s game.

  6. Going to the Vancouver 7’s in March will keep an eye out. It’s been hugely popular since it started here a few years ago and sells out.

  7. Ahh so it’s the old trick of playing the women’s along with the men’s so people have no choice what they buy tickets for then claiming the women’s is as popular as the men’s.
    The clue is in the article where they played the women’s event separately to an almost empty stadium, what they don’t say is the combined event the men’s final was lost probably just after, you buy a ticket for the day/weekend not for individual matches so the crowd wasn’t there to watch the women’s final.
    It’s a bit like saying if you have kids come on in the half time to play at an international event you should pay them the same as the international players.

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