The IRB are considering a new rugby 7s law that would award 7 points for a successful “Swan Dive” try, following the spectacular miss from Japan’s Kosuke Hashino on the final day of the Hong Kong Sevens on Sunday.
The Japanese rugby sevens player lost control of the ball as he sailed over the try-line. Fortunately, Japan were leading Italy 26-5 at the time in the last minute of their Hong Kong Sevens qualification game for next year’s IRBSevens World Series.
“This is just the kind of thing that the game needs,” an IRB spokesman said. “That Swan Dive has gone viral around the world on multiple social networks, and we’d like to encourage more players to give it a go – it’s great publicity for the game when players fluff it. We’ve analysed our social shares, and the NZ Black Storm Haka obviously did very well with our female fans. But we owe Kosuke Hashino a cold Swan lager- his Fumble’s gone sky high!”
In one proposal, the rules would be amended so that teams would score 7 points automatically for a successful Swan Try (Swallow Dive), without having to kick the conversion.
When we contacted the Rugby Football Union at Twickenham, they were less keen on the idea. “We are not sure that this would work in 15s,” said a spokesman. “To be honest, we don’t want to encourage Chris to do any more of these, it would be pretty unbearable.”
We tried to reach Sepp Blatter’s office, but he was unavailable for comment.
The Japanese rugby sevens player is Kosuke Hashino: the ball slips out of his grasp at the vital moment.
Luckily, Japan were leading 26-5 in the last minute of their Hong Kong Sevens qualification game against Italy.
Japan have qualified as a core team for the 2014/15 IRB Sevens season. They were unbeaten at the 2014 HK Sevens. Click HERE to see video highlights of Japan’s tournament.