World Rugby has no intentions to reverse the decision to scrap the quarter-final stage from the Hamilton and Sydney 7s tournaments, Rugbypass reports.
The Hamilton and Sydney 7s will have no quarters with pool toppers set to book a direct slot to the Cup semis. The changes have been effected in order to accommodate women’s tournaments.
Fans and some coaches are not happy with the changes and there are reports that there are players and coaches planning to have their grievances to the International Court of Sport Arbitration (CAS) to try and get the move overturned.
RugbyPass however quoted a World Rugby spokesman saying they discussed the changes last year and they are aimed at ensuring a balance between the women’s and men’s tournament.
“The situation remains that quarter-finals will not take place in Hamilton and Sydney. This was discussed last year and we are trying to deliver more men’s and women’s events to create greater synergy. We want to create more opportunities for the women’s game as well and it is a fine balance,” he said.
The Hamilton sevens will take place on 25-26 January and Sydney will be week later.