Ben Smith Rebellion threat as World Rugby changes sevens format

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Perry Baker shows how he has helped turn the United States into a world force in sevens rugby.

World Rugby is reportedly facing rebellion among its world series sevens teams after drastic changes to tournament formats.

The men’s teams are unhappy with losing the quarter-finals from the looming tournaments in Hamilton and Sydney.

They fear it will affect their Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification hopes and there are suggestions they could take their concerns to the the International Court of Sport Arbitration (CAS)

Ben Smith New Zealand's Ngarohi McGarvey-Black scores to help win the Cape Town Sevens final against South Africa.

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New Zealand’s Ngarohi McGarvey-Black scores to help win the Cape Town Sevens final against South Africa.

The first two legs of the 2019-20 world series series in Dubai and Cape Town were played over three days with both men’s and women’s teams involved.

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But the next two events, also involving men’s and women’s teams, will see the tournaments streamlined to two days.

Ben Smith The New Zealand women's sevens team were triumphant in Dubai.

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The New Zealand women’s sevens team were triumphant in Dubai.

That sees the men’s quarterfinals dropped in a cut-throat system that ha

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