18th June 06:46 PM
World Rugby approves 5-a-side indoor version of the game which Ben Ryan helped develop
By Naveel Krishant
Wednesday 06/02/2019

World Rugby has reportedly given its approval to a new shortened version of the sport, which will be played indoors.

Rugby X is a five‑a‑side version of rugby that former Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan helped develop.

The games last 10 minutes, with no halftime break taking place, and are played indoors on artificial grass pitches.

The world’s major rugby sevens nations including Fiji, England, Australia, Wales, and France are potential participants.

The Times from the UK reports five more tournaments have been planned around the world for next year, with broadcaster ITV in talks to acquire rights to show the initial event to be held in London's O2 Arena.

Rugby X lays emphasis on quick gameplay and does not have a halftime break or change of ends, while action resumes from the defending team’s end after a try is scored.

The three‑man scrums are uncontested and lineouts have been replaced by throws which will be taken by a substitute from the side which has possession.

[Source: TV NZ]

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