27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Simplikevich: The success of the Russian rugby players should attract fans to the tribunes

The victory of the Russian rugby team at the Kazan Universiade is very important in terms of popularization of this sport in the country and attracting fans to the tribunes, said the Russian player Denis Simplikevich.

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Universiade. Day 12. Rugby 7 © RIA Novosti

On Wednesday, the Russians defeated the French team in the final tournament of rugby 7 at the Universiade in Kazan and won the gold medal. “This title is very important in terms of the development of rugby in our country and attracting fans to the tribunes. The play was a real pleasure with so many fans in Kazan,” - said Simplikevich to the reporters. The rugby player noted that the frame of the team that won in the Universiade, will be a part of the team that will fight for getting on the Olympic Games. “Most of the players will be performing at the Olympic Games in Rio (in 2016), but first we must be selected there. We have a very good motivation” - said Simplikevich.

R-Sport, July 17