SBW and company at Wellington, 2016?

All Blacks 7s coach Sir Gordon. Photo: IRB

All Blacks 7s coach Sir Gordon. Photo: IRB

All Blacks Sevens head coach Gordon Tietjens has hinted that 2016’s Wellington event could be when the likes of Sonny Bill Williams feature.
Williams, Liam Messam, Ben Smith and Julian Savea are just some of the high profile international names talked about as possible Olympic Games hopefuls.

And with players needing to play four series events to be considered for Rio, Sevens head coach Tietjens admits it’s likely they could appear in Wellington.

“Logically, Wellington is perfect timing,” he told The Dominion Post.

“If you wish to be considered for the Olympics, you have to be involved in world series tournaments next year.

“The minimum number for a player will be four and the maximum generally six.”

Wellington is set to join Australia’s tournament leg next season in a back-to-back weekend of action, which adds further weight to the rumours, with Tietjens also hoping to have a chunk of time with the Sevens new-boys in late 2015.

“They will be working in between both [Sevens and Super Rugby] but I’m looking for them to be involved in successive tournaments. The conditioning going into those tournaments is huge and Wellington is obviously one of those,” he said, before warning those players it won’t be a simple progression into the squad.

“Remember, we will also have a contracted squad which we will be mixing and matching, and it’s only fair those players who have made themselves available are playing with the top elite sevens players.”

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