In 2010, former Welsh International and current rugby pundit, John Taylor, told ESPN of his concerns about what he saw as an increasing gap between Sevens Rugby and the traditional fifteen-a-side game.
Players have to make a choice - do they want to concentrate on Sevens or 15s? The techniques and training required are becoming very different. Modern professional players are already pretty lean but the forwards in 15-a-side do need bulk as well. In Sevens that is not required and new training regimes are making body fat levels even lower so they are not able to transfer from one game to the other... But is this extra degree of specialization good for the game? I have grave doubts.
Today, with the admission of Rugby Sevens in to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio, even Mr. Taylor must surely realize that the two games are now indisputably separate. While there still may be nations who, for lack of resources, occasionally call upon their Sevens athletes to play in the odd XV's fixture, the global trend is moving decisively away from that direction and towards developing a specialized talent pool for the seven-a-side game.
With the advent of the specialized Rugby Sevens athlete, the sport has observed its fan base begin to divide into separate camps as well. So here, in this Bleacher Report exclusive, you are invited to plant your flag and state your allegiances. With the 2013 USA Sevens in Las Vegas right around the corner, its time to settle this matter, once and for all.
Rugby Union versus Rugby Sevens.
It's go time!