10 Players Who Could Be Set To Star At The Olympic Sevens In Rio Next Year


With the 2016 Olympics just a year away, we take a look at 10 current internationals who could be set to star in the sevens in Brazil…

1.Sonny Bill Williams

The All Blacks centre has already confirmed that once the World Cup is finished he will be focussing his efforts on sevens in a bid to break into the New Zealand team at the Olympics. With pace, power and incredible off-loading abilities who could prove to be the star of the competition.

2.Quade Cooper

The Australian Rugby Union have already confirmed they intend to make Cooper the face of their team as they attempt to break his pre-contract agreement with Toulon. With his pace, and step Cooper could prove to be a danger on the sevens field whilst also offering a kicking option.

3.George North

The giant Welsh winger has the perfect mix of speed and strength to excel on the sevens stage, the main question is whether club and country would be willing to give him the requisite time for him to become accustomed to the sport and to compete in Rio.

4.Gael Fickou

The French centre has dropped somewhat out of favour with Les Bleus over the last 12 months after a tough season with Toulouse which could make it easier for him to join the sevens team. His ability to get round players with ease could see him become a key figure in any sevens side.

5.Ardie Savea

The younger brother of Julian, Ardie has already got extensive experience of sevens and would therefore find it relatively easy to slot into the New Zealand team. He has the pace and guile of a back, whilst also having the breakdown ability that comes with playing as an openside flanker.

6.Stuart Hogg

The Scotland full back would bring a great mix of talents to any sevens side thanks to a solid defence, deceptive pace and a huge boot. If given the opportunity to play sevens, then there’s no doubt that Hogg’s versatility could see him become a key player for Team GB.

7.Michael Hooper

Having spent his formative years playing in the centres before moving into the pack, Hooper is another player with a great blend of talents that would make him ideal for playing sevens. His international captaincy experience would also be an added bonus for the Australian side.

8.Willie le Roux

The Springboks full back is his sides most threatening talent, and has the ability to control a game which could be key. His pace combined with an ability to bring other players into the game could see him become a vital figure for the South African team in Rio.

9.Nikola Matawalu

Fijian scrum half Matawalu has been one of the most exciting talents in the Pro12 over the last couple of years. Constantly looking to make breaks, and attempting outrageous off-loads at every opportunity, Matawalu looks ideally suited to playing sevens.

10.Sam Burgess

His experience playing rugby league combined with roles in both the centres and back row in union have given Burgess a wealth of experience. His natural talents are also ideally suited to playing sevens, and could provide a great learning experience for the cross-coder.

Which player would you most like to see playing sevens at the Olympics in Rio?



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  1. Julien Savea
    Sonny Bill Williams
    Ma’a Nonu
    Ben Smith
    Ardie Savea
    Kieran Read
    Nehe Milne-Skudde

    Not to mention Waisake Naholo/Israel Dagg/Conrad Smith. The destruction that this team would lay on the Games…

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