17 Dec 2011

Sport: IRB hoping to expand sevens programme in Oceania

10:32 am on 17 December 2011

The International Rugby Board says it has big plans to grow the seven-a-side game ahead of the sports reintroduction to the Olympics.

The IRB's Regional General Manager for Oceania, Will Glenwright, says the 2016 Games offer a huge opportunity for Pacific Islands country's to win an Olympic medal.

Countries such as Niue, Cook Islands and Papua New Guinea have made regular appearances on the world circuit in recent years and Will Glenwright says the IRB is looking to expand its sevens programme in the region.

"Start developing an international junior seven a side competition for our member unions. We need to grow and enhance our women's seven a side programme. Obviously, we've got the Asia-Pacific Sevens Series up and running and that's a fantastic tournament for our member unions. We would like to expand that so that it's available to all of our member unions and we would also like, ultimately, to have a regional championship for women and that's something that we're working towards."

Will Glenwright.