Bibby hopes Olympic Sevens success creates legacy

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 14:53
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REACTION: Great Britain Sevens star Dan Bibby says he hopes their performances at the Rio Olympics will inspire people to play the sport. 

Bibby and his team mates won a silver medal after losing in the Rio Final to Fiji in the sport's debut at the Olympic Games.

And Bibby believes the sport has justified its inclusion at the games.

"I have every single emotion right now," Bibby told BBC Sport. "Unfortunately we didn't make it to gold but I'm so proud of all the boys and what they put into this was outstanding."

He added: "We had 10 weeks to do this and I knew it would be a tough challenge. We had umpteen meetings about having a gold-medal attitude. We've beaten the hell out of each other in training so it was nice to do it to other teams.

"I think the sport deserves to be here and it's here to stay. If it can inspire women and boys out there to be sevens players, that makes it for me. It's awesome."

Great Britain's silver medal in Rio on Thursday comes on the back of a season of achievement for England rugby, which included a Six Nations grand slam, 3-0 Test series win over Australia and winning the World Rugby Under-20 Championship.

Steve Grainger, RFU Rugby Development Director, said he believes success at the top level will inspire more young people and adults to play rugby.

"What we have seen over the last six days has been a brilliant showcase for the sport," he said.

"The performance of the Team GB men and women will have been inspirational to young people and adults around the country and we hope that they will be excited to get involved in rugby with the season about to start."

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