21/10/2013 -Will SBW be an All Blacks 7s player soon?
After Australia sevens coach Michael O’Connor said recently that he could imagine, suspended winger James O’Connor potentially turn to 7s, now New Zealand’s sevens coach Sir Gordon Tietjens, has revealed that current NRL Rugby League star and former All Black Sonny Bill Williams, would also make a great 7s player. Tietjens outlined that Williams has “got the work ethic…and he’s an athlete and he’s got all those skill sets that could make a very fine sevens player” (Full article). Both of the coaches statements indicate that with the Olympics 2016 on the horizon, we could see more stars from Union and League codes entering the 7s stage. Comments by Sir Clive Woodward in 2012 have also encouraged discussions about implementing Rugby Union players in the British sevens team for the Games.