Rugby sevens one day will outstrip fifteens
I wonder if sevens rugby will ever overtake the fifteen-a-side game, especially with the Commonwealth games on the horizon and with rugby now admitted to the Olympics?
And will Scotland be at a disadvantage as they do not operate with a full time, and completely separate, sevens squad?
In 1983 a teammate passed me the ball.
You guessed it: I never made it.
At that time, your honour, no doctor had diagnosed my asthma. That is my story and I am sticking to it.
Oh, but I grew up watching Andy Irvine, Peter Brown, George Fairbairn, and a host of others who could spring from one end of the pitch to the other with a hint of beauty about the way they played.
Seven-a-side rugby is perhaps the ultimate display of rugby, but, crucially, in bite-sized chunks.
If you look at many of the world's sports, from darts to snooker and from gridiron to lacrosse, a great deal is made of shorter versions of the game.
Somehow, when we can Google anything from a recipe to a quote and get the answer within ten seconds, our attention spans get used to handling things that don't last long.
But here we are gearing up for the Commonwealth games and teams like Samoa, India, Namibia and other more lowly ranked countries will mix it with the Kiwis and the Aussies.
I do like the Kiwi assertion that having Scotland in their group means it is an easy group.
I do happen to think that sevens should be used as the marketing tool for rugby.
Football dominates the world, and in football you and I can stick down four jerseys, grab and ball and some friends, and we have a game.
To play the full-sided version or rugby you need lineouts and scrums and you just can't create them in a park, on a sunny day (I know, fantasising again), with your mates.
But you can with sevens.
A long time ago, in Townsville in Australia, I passed a primary school where the kids wore long shorts, caps, and sun cream, and they played rugby.
Hundreds of them with hundreds of little rugby balls, and it was a thing of beauty.
The biggest marketing trick rugby could play to expand its boundaries over the next six years leading up to Brazil (where rugby arrives at the Olympics) is to sell this game of ours by using the small-sided game without complications to a world public that would take it up.
Rugby sevens are set to grow, and one day will outstrip fifteens.