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TV commentator Keith Quinn gives his thoughts on the Sevens Wellington as he travels to round five of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Las Vegas.
Following New Zealand’s victory over England at the Sevens Wellington, we caught up with TV commentator Keith Quinn who watched on at the Westpac Stadium. Quinn witnessed Gordon Tietjens’ side win 27-21 in the final and record their first Cup title of the season, and will travel with the teams to round five of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Las Vegas, where Olympic qualification continues.
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.
Fiji defeated Samoa 31-24 in final of the Gold Coast Sevens to win round one of the HSBC Sevens World Series and take an early lead in the race for Olympic qualification.
Setefano Cakau scored two tries in the first half before Apisai Domolaili and Semi Kunatani saw the Fijians take a 26-0 lead. But Samoa’s Fautua Otto scored just before half time before Lolo Lui, Siaosi Asofolau and Tila Mealoi narrowed the gap to just two points with four minutes to go.
International Rugby Board Chairman Bernard Lapasset has described the beginning of qualification for Rugby Sevens’ debut at the Olympic Games as an historic moment for the sport.
Rugby will return to the Olympic stage after a break of 92 years when 12 teams will compete in each of the men’s and women’s Rugby Sevens events at Rio 2016. As excitement builds within the global Rugby family, the road to Rio will begin this weekend for the world’s top male teams with the Gold Coast Sevens in Australia.
Ben Ryan has named four new players in his squad for the first round of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Australia.
Eminoni Nasilasila, Apisai Naqaliva, Sanivalati Ramuwai and Savenaca Rawaca will all make their debut for Fiji in Australia.
“All these players are going to make their debut, they’re not there to make up the numbers but they’re there to make an impact,” said Ryan.
Fiji squad: Apisai Domolailai, Semi Kunatani, Jasa Veremalua, Setefano Cakau, Isake Katonibau, Apisai Naqaliva, Emosi Mulevoro, Osea Kolinisau, Eminoni Nasilasila, Sanivalati Ramuwai, Savenaca Rawaca, Apisalome Waqatabu