Total Rugby Radio: The Olympic Dream!

(IRB.COM) Thursday 15 October 2009
 
 Total Rugby Radio: The Olympic Dream!
Warm embrace: Kenya's Humphrey Kayange was among the IRB bid team that helped secure Rugby Sevens' place in the Olympic Games

Total Rugby Radio show 239, from 17:30 UK time on Thursday 15 October ...


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RUGBY LIVES OLYMPIC DREAM
After years of campaigning by the International Rugby Board for the inclusion of Sevens in the Olympics, the IOC said Yes in Copenhagen on Friday. We have reaction from members of the bid team, Chairman Bernard Lapasset, Jonah Lomu, Agustin Pichot, Cheryl Soon, Humphrey Kayange, Anatassiya Khamova as well as South Africa Sevens coach, Paul Treu.

RIO GETS RUGBY READY
For Brazil's Rugby players, hosting the first Olympic Games to include a Sevens tournament is a cause for great celebration. We speak with Beatriz Futuro, who captained the country's women to this year's Rugby World Cup Sevens..

NEWS ROUND-UP
As the USA Sevens officially announces Las Vegas as the new venue for the fourth event on the IRB Sevens World Series, we hear from Tournament Director Dan Lyle. Plus there's the latest pools and match schedules announced for the second leg of the World Series, the Emirates Airline South Africa Sevens in George, IRB World Rankings, Americas Rugby Championship and the Photo of the Year competition.

LAW SCHOOL: PADDY O'BRIEN
This week we're back in Law School with IRB Referee Manager, Paddy O'Brien. Given the recent exciting developments in the game, we talk Sevens referees as well as current trends in the game affecting the match officials.

PACIFIC ISLANDS FOCUS
Nowhere in the world will the IOC's decision have generated greater excitement than in Fiji and the rest of the Pacific Islands. We speak with the IRB's General Manager for Rugby in the area, Will Glenwright, whose job took on an added dimension almost overnight.

RUGBY IN DEMARK
What, though, will the decision taken in Copenhagen mean to countries such as Denmark, where the game is struggling for public recognition? We went in search of the answer.

PROFILE: MIKE CATT
The Heineken Cup got under way at the weekend with Leinster kicking off their title defence against London Irish, and among the visitors to Dublin was World Cup winner, Mike Catt. A veteran of 75 England caps, he's now assistant coach at Irish, but we take him right back to the beginning, starting with those early days at Bath..