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To celebrate the biggest and best year of rugby sevens, world series title sponsor HSBC has conducted a report into the game, entitled "The Future of Rugby: An HSBC report". As a long-term partner of rugby, HSBC has invested in the report to help stimulate debate about the game and ensure it continues on its current growth trajectory
The publication, available to download below, includes the views of experts across the world of media, business and sport, including the following:
"When you look at the athleticism required to excel in rugby sevens, it certainly fits with the Olympic narrative: speed and power are extremely important in sevens."
- Michael Johnson, four-time Olympic sprint gold medallist, USA
"Sevens is this sleeping giant of rugby. I think it can really help the game develop on a world level … Rio will be the springboard to take it global."
- Sir Clive Woodward, Rugby World Cup 2003 winning coach
"Every child playing rugby in Kenya dreams of becoming an Injera, Ouma, Kayange and playing on the world stage. The reintroduction of rugby at the Olympics will increase the allure of the game in Kenya. The prospects for rugby are vivid."
- Charles Nyende, sports journalist and former Kenyan rugby international
"The women's game was key to the sport's Olympic inclusion. Personally, I think women's sevens is a fantastic advertisement for our game. I believe it's our biggest opportunity."
- Mark Egan, Head of Competitions and Performance, World Rugby
"China and USA will take the sport [rugby sevens] to a new orbit. The Olympic opportunity is part of an exciting growth trajectory for the sport. Its future is about new countries, new players and new audiences."
- Giles Morgan, Head of Sponsorship and Events, HSBC
"The Olympic Games is really the launch pad and with the HSBC report expecting women to make up 40 per cent of global participation, the future of the game is very exciting."
- Brian O'Driscoll, former Ireland and Lions captain