World Rugby gives green light to five a side footy

The Times reports that RFU has agreed to host the first tournament at London's O2 Arena in October.

British newspaper The Times reports, the world's major rugby 7s nations including England, Australia, Wales, Fiji and France are potential participants.

The indoor matches will be played on artificial grass pitches, with action resuming from the defending team's end after a try is scored.

Ireland's Stander in Six Nations fitness battle
If he is ruled out for four weeks, that would see him missing Six Nations matches against both Scotland and Italy this month. Munster second row Billy Holland was called up to the Ireland squad on Monday.

Ben Ryan, the former England and Fiji Sevens coach, has been involved in developing the new format, and tweeted about his excitement for such a concept.

The three-man scrums are uncontested and lineouts have been replaced by throws which will be taken by a substitute from the side which has possession. It is hoped that Rugby X will attract a young demographic both in terms of the live event but also coverage on television.

Plans for a five-a-side version of rugby have been given the green light by the game's governing body. Talks are ongoing but it seems clear that World Rugby are open to radically changing the landscape of the sport.

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