Dallaglio backs Rugby’s Olympic campaign

(IRB.COM) Friday 6 March 2009
 Dallaglio backs Rugby’s Olympic campaign
Lawrence Dallaglio won RWC Sevens 1993 with England

Rugby World Cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio has joined the likes of Bryan Habana, Agustin Pichot and Anastassiya Khamova in supporting Rugby’s campaign for Olympic Games re-inclusion.

The backing from the Rugby World Cup winner in both Sevens and fifteens comes after the International Rugby Players’ Association (IRPA) announced that the IRB’s campaign comes with the endorsement of the world’s best players.

“I speak for the entire Rugby Family when I say that we believe that Rugby would strengthen and support the Olympic Movement and that the Olympic Games would be great for Rugby.”

Dallaglio, who lifted the prestigious Melrose Cup with the England Sevens team in Edinburgh in 1993, believes that Sevens would be the perfect fit for the Olympic Games.

“Rugby Sevens is played by the quickest, fittest and most agile players. It is an exciting, fast and free flowing game that is great for young people and enjoyed by men, women and families everywhere,” said Dallaglio.

“The camaraderie of being part of a national team with athletes from different sports all competing side by side. Being part of the world’s greatest sporting event and extending the reach of the Games, particularly to more young people, for years to come,” said Dallaglio.

Over three million people across 116 countries participate in Rugby worldwide and Rugby Sevens has experienced unprecedented growth and appeal over the past decade. Its unique blend of explosive action, world-class players and highly-competitive format packaged in matches of 14 minutes, has proven successful in reaching out to new young audiences, sponsors and broadcasters.

For Emirates Sports Ambassador Dallaglio, Sevens remains an integral part of his Rugby history and he ranks his Rugby World Cup Sevens success with England amongst his most treasured achievements.

“I have some of my greatest memories from winning the 1993 RWC Sevens in Edinburgh and am thrilled to see how quickly the game has grown since then."

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Player Quotes of Support

“More than anything, Sevens embodies the Olympic ideals of camaraderie, fair play and respect on and off the field of play.”  – Shane Williams, Wales

“You play sport at the highest level to challenge yourself to be the best that you can possibly be and to compete with the best from all over the world, and what better stage to do that on than at the Olympics?” – Sue Day, England

“Going to the Commonwealth Games was amazing and to have the chance to go to the Olympics would be right up there with anything you could possibly dream of doing in sport.” – Tamati Ellison, New Zealand


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