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Rugby sevens on Saturday

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Rugby sevens on Saturday

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The historic Garrison Savannah will come alive with international rugby action on Saturday when the Barbados Rugby Football Union hosts teams from the British Virgin Islands in a rugby sevens tournament.
Kick-off is at 2 p.m., and three local teams are expected to square off against the visitors, who are also expected to have a women’s team challenging the local lasses.
Public relations officer Kathryn Daniel told NATIONSPORT one of the challenges facing small countries like Barbados was the familiarity of the players.
“You don’t get better playing each other; you need teams from overseas,” Daniel explained. “They have different tactics, different strengths and different weaknesses and that is how you improve.”
Rugby sevens is a shortened version of the full game, analogous to 20/20 or limited overs cricket. Each sevens match comprises two seven-minute halves, with a one-minute break.
Each team comprises seven players, and since the game is played on a full-sized pitch, the level of cardio fitness required is demanding. (PR/SAT)