Beaumont hails rugby’s impact

Date published: August 12 2016

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont praised the impact Sevens has had at the Olympic Games, saying he hopes it's inspired new fans.

Fiji won the Men's Gold medal on Thursday after Australia won the Women's event earlier in the week, with Beaumont thrilled for the Sevens game as it impressed with its moment in the Olympic spotlight in Rio de Janeiro.

"Over six compelling days of rugby, our top players have showcased the very best of our sport and its values. They have also showed why we believed that rugby would be good for the Games and the Games good for rugby. Stars have been launched, unforgettable moments created and fans entertained throughout," he said after watching the Sevens action unfold at Deodoro Stadium over the past few days.

"I would like to congratulate Fiji on winning the inaugural men's rugby sevens gold medal and creating Olympic history in winning Fiji's first-ever medal. All of our new Olympians have made their families, nations and sport very proud. They have made history over six compelling days of sevens.

"This competition has demonstrated the very best of rugby and its character-building values. I am sure that we have reached, engaged and inspired new participants and fans around the world and we are excited to welcome them to the rugby family."