John raises schedule concern

Date published: July 28 2014

Australia Sevens coach Geraint John is upset with the draw for the Commonwealth Games, which appears to favour the home nations.

Australia Sevens coach Geraint John has vented his frustration at the draw for the Commonwealth Games, which appears to favour the home nations.

John questioned the fairness of 2014's schedule, with Australia among several leading nations that have made official complaints about the fixture list which sees his side and New Zealand playing twice in the pool on Saturday before England and hosts Scotland see any action on Day One.

Australia have been forced to alter their matchday routine as the fixture list has them playing their first pool match after 10am, while their third and last one is against England just before 10pm.

The Australians will also have an eight-hour rest period before their second and third matches, which is set to force them to leave the Sevens venue and head to the team village to kill time.

“It seems wrong that we have got two games before England play one, and Canada have two games before Scotland play one,” John told Australia's Daily Telegraph website.

“It just doesn't seem right to what we normally do. We have always had a set schedule.

“It is disruptive, yeah. I don't think it is the ideal, because we will probably get up on the Saturday at 6am and have activation (and) breakfast before we go and play Sri Lanka.

“The team we are playing last (England) can have a sleep in on the Saturday morning. We can't do anything about it.”

The reason given by tournament officials for the strange scheduling is TV ratings, as organisers believe it will be popular for the southern hemisphere teams to play in the mornings and the northern hemisphere sides at night unlike sports betting online @ William Hill which can do at any time of the day.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games Sevens is a sixteen-nation tournament that began in 1998, with New Zealand having won that showpiece and the following three events, in Manchester, Melbourne and Delhi. The All Blacks Sevens will also enter on the back of a Sevens Series title win, with South Africa and Fiji coming second and third respectively.

Non-core teams from the Series who will feature this coming weekend are Trinidad and Tobago, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Cook Islands, Uganda and Papua New Guinea.