WOWOW Co., Ltd. Followed by 15 people! The appeal of the 7-person rugby and the prospects for the Tokyo Olympi cs, as discussed by the Japanese national men’s team who challenge the “World Rugby Sevens Series”. Broadcasting and distributing on WOWOW
Continue to the 15-person system! The appeal of the 7-person rugby and the prospects for the Tokyo Olympics, as discussed by the Japanese national men’s team who challenge the “World Rugby Sevens Series”. Broadcasting and distributing on WOWOW!
(Clockwise from top left) Head coach Kensuke Iwabuchi, Dai Ozawa, Yoshikazu Fujita, Ryusaku Kuwamizu
Seven-seater rugby “Sevens” with a speed of more than 15 people and a refreshing feeling of trying. The World Rugby Sevens Series, the world’s highest 7-person rugby world champion team that is called the core team, battles around the world and competes for the overall victory in the point system, is broadcast and distributed from WOWOW in Dubai.
The representative from Japan, who has been demoted from the core team, will also take part in multiple competitions. For the 7th Japan Men’s National Team, which ended in 4th place at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, it would be a great place to strengthen their medals at the Tokyo Olympics next year.
Before the Dubai tournament, at WOWOW we asked Kensuke Iwabuchi, the head coach of Japan’s 7th Japan national team, Daisuke Ozawa who had served as captain, Yusaku Kuwamizu, and Yoshikazu Fujita about the appeal and future goals of Sevens. .
Sevens is a half-minute half with a pitch as wide as the 15-person system. About the feature, Iwabuchi Head Coach explained, “It ’s like a demon game going on. It ’s easy to understand even if it ’s the first time.” Players also say, “The seven-person system expands widely (laterally) in comparison with the 15-person system, which often strikes vertically” (Ozawa), “Always sees the ball and always moves the ball” (Kuwasui) , “The step when pulling out one-on-one and the speed of a simple foot are interesting” (Fujita) and its appeal. As for the goals of the Sevens Series, “I need to enter the top 8 and experience the battle against the top 8 to win medals at the Tokyo Olympics,” said Iwatsuki Head Coach. 8 ”. “I want to follow a good process together” (Fujita) and vow for further growth.
In addition, about the prospect of joining the 15-person Japanese national team that made the first final in the final tournament at this year’s Rugby World Cup and was named one of the world’s 8 strongest players, especially Kenki Fukuoka and Remeki Romano Lava who participated in the Rio Olympics, The players are positive. “If you compete with them with the pride that came as a 7-person
representative, you will grow more as a team” (Ozawa), “Please join the Sevens camp. .
Only Ozawa who aims to return from injury was not in time for the Dubai tournament (scheduled to return at the end of the year), but the Japanese Sevens National Team is challenging the Sevens Series with the best of eight. I would like to leave a solid result and gain momentum in the future and next year.
◆◆◆ WOWOW Program Information
“Japan National Team! World Rugby Sevens Series-7-person Rugby National Team-South Africa Tournament”
[Broadcast Date] Monday, December 16th, 11:00 WOWOW Live
* December 13 (Friday) to 15 (Sunday) WOWOW members on-demand live broadcast every day
■ For more information, go to the WOWOW Rugby official site
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