Rugby X: new five-a-side indoor format



  • Rugby X: can new five-a-side format revolutionise rugby union?

    An international tournament is planned to be held in London this October.
    
    First there was 15s, then there was sevens and soon rugby union will get a new five-a-side version of the sport.
    
    It’s reported today in The Times that a “radical” plan for indoor five-a-side rugby has been approved by World Rugby, the sport’s global governing body.
    
    Called “Rugby X”, the Times says that the fast-paced format could “revolutionise” the sport’s finances and have a “global appeal in the way that Twenty20 has transformed cricket”. 
    
    Played indoors on artificial grass pitches, a first international tournament is set to be held in London this October and five more events are planned around the world for 2020. Five-a-side teams will play matches that are ten minutes in length.
    
    October’s tournament in London is set to be held at The O2 Arena and could feature men’s and women’s teams from nations such as England, Australia, France, Wales and Fiji. 
    
    The Daily Mail says that while talks are ongoing “it seems clear that World Rugby are open to radically changing the landscape of the sport”.
    
    It’s hoped that Rugby X will “attract a young demographic both in terms of the live event but also coverage on television”.
    
    Rugby X: the rules
    * Played indoors on artificial grass pitches 
    * Five players per team 
    * Ten-minute matches 
    * No half-time 
    * Uncontested three-man scrums 
    * No change of ends 
    * Restart from goal-line with tap-and-go
    

    The story apparently comes from the Times, so we don't know whether New Zealand has been left out on purpose, or whether we really won't have a team participating in this tournament. The question is, do we really need or want a new format like this?



  • @Stargazer sounds pretty shit eh, although I probably said that about cricket max.

    Rugby 5s isn't new - that's beach rugby. They say they are hoping to attract a young crowd, as though rugby doesn't already do that?



  • What
    The
    Fuck



  • @Bones By playing touch rugby, young players can learn most of the non-contact rugby skills they need, before they continue with full-contact rugby. I don't get why we would need another format. Unless it's another way to get more 💰 💰 💰



  • Bro, the natural progression of this has already happened

    Ladies and Gentleman, i give you Rugby XX - 1 a side AKA The Run It Straight Challenge

    It's fast, it's entertaining, it takes 3 seconds, and best of all anyone can do it. The motherfucking future



  • @mariner4life Fuck that, it's league (note label at the bottom, and no-arms in most of the 'tackles')



  • Maybe not a bad game to play ... but I think the sevens market seems over saturated already, and this doesn't appear to be overly different to it.

    @Stargazer said in Rugby X: new five-a-side indoor format:

    The story apparently comes from the Times, so we don't know whether New Zealand has been left out on purpose, or whether we really won't have a team participating in this tournament. The question is, do we really need or want a new format like this?

    Sensitive much?



  • @MajorRage it's already played, just it's typically on a beach, not a court (and it's farking brutal).



  • @Bones said in Rugby X: new five-a-side indoor format:

    @MajorRage it's already played, just it's typically on a beach, not a court (and it's farking brutal).

    Yeah, I've seen it in Hong Kong before on the beach. You'd certainly need to be fit.



  • @MajorRage last time I played it out best player was a prop (he was 1.9m and 130kg). Next best was a couple of those small nuggety opensides you seem to find at most clubs in NZ that are just hard as fuck. It's really easy to put on a "smashed em bro" on sand, not so easy to step...



  • Good - every clown can go play/ support this abomination and leave the adults to rugby.

    From the Daily Mail:

    Former England and Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan has been helping to develop the format.

    Well colour me surprised. If there's a stench of stupid ideas, he's near by. I don't know why this fluffybunny is feted - it's not like he coached Spain to win a gold medal ffs.



  • @antipodean said in Rugby X: new five-a-side indoor format:

    Good - every clown can go play/ support this abomination and leave the adults to rugby.

    From the Daily Mail:

    Former England and Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan has been helping to develop the format.

    Well colour me surprised. If there's a stench of stupid ideas, he's near by. I don't know why this fluffybunny is feted - it's not like he coached Spain to win a gold medal ffs.

    Bit harsh. I'd recommend reading his book about what a sh*tshow Fiji rugby was when he arrived and how he turned it round to them winning in Rio. Its a fantastic read, and he comes across as a genuinely good bloke.



  • Nothing confirmed on the World Rugby website, yet.



  • HAHAHA World Rugby has lost the plot why is this format needed to replace Sevens ??? I know lets have One on One Rugby that would work FFS



  • @Chris Dude, have you even read the article? This is not going to replace sevens at all. It's a new indoor version of rugby, so totally different. I'm not a fan of indoor sports, but I can imagine it will attract players and spectators.



  • so now we have 5s, 7s, 10s, (13s, sorta) , 15s, and 23 & 28 man matchday squads. Looking at that we should drop 10s, make 9s and 11s to make it tidier.



  • @Stargazer I read it that's why I commented on it. Stand by what I said Why would you even contemplate this Stupid idea Fukin stupid This will start and die in the arse.



  • This idea rates right up there with other Great ideas cricket Spitting.Ferrett Legging,Mountain unicycling (Actually that maybe a great idea)and extreme ironing.



  • I'll pass judgment after I've actually seen a few games. As I said, I'm not really a fan of indoor sports, but I can imagine that this might be a good option for people in areas that are - climatologically - not suitable or attractive for outdoor sports. It won't compete with real rugby, whether it's sevens, tens or XVs. It may compete with futsal, netball, volleyball etc.



  • They should flag the 5 a side and create an international indoor bull rush tournament. Teams of 10 going at it. You get a point for each player that makes it to the other end. They could do squads of 15 but no injury replacements during the game. Any game ending in a tie will be decided with game of force back. Would be epic.


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