New format launched at Hornets

PUBLISHED: 12:37 13 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:37 13 June 2018

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A new format of rugby has been launched at Hornets, which England Rugby has developed in conjunction with World Rugby.

England Rugby has launched XRugby7s, a new format of rugby and Hornets will be hosting weekly introductory taster sessions from now until the end of July.

XRugby7s is a new format of rugby that England Rugby has developed in conjunction with World Rugby.

Directed by insights gathered from potential and existing rugby players, developing a more flexible, sociable and accessible format of contact rugby was necessary to fit the changing lifestyles of players.

As part of its 2017-2021 strategic plan, England Rugby is committed to grow the game through developing community sevens and capitalising on sevens’ inclusion in the Olympics.

The new format involves playing across half a standard size pitch, has simpler rules, fewer players and reduced intensity of contact. One new feature of the format is the max-zone – a 15-metre zone in the middle of the try-line where players can score seven points for a try, rather than five.

XRugby7s taster session details can be found at www.xrugby7s.com. At Hornets, sessions will be taking place on a weekly basis on Friday at 8-9pm. Sessions are open to all adults, male and female, and participants can sign up or just drop in.

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