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Fiji will surprise world in Rio: Gosper

Fiji celebrates a recent win in Hong Kong during the HSBC IRB series. Photo:

Fiji celebrates a recent win in Hong Kong. Photo: rugbywrapup

Fiji will win its first Olympic Games medal in Rio de Janeiro, says IRB chief executive Brett Gosper.

“Fiji will surprise the world but not us (IRB) if they win their country’s first-ever Olympic medal,” Gosper said when questioned what nations will surprise when rugby sevens will be included for the first time in the biggest global sporting event.

Gosper was fielding questions from rugby followers on Olympic Day on Tuesday and he believes the sport will be a big hit in Rio.

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IRB wants star power at Olympics

Gosper would like to see Israel Folau in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Photo: Getty Images

Gosper would like to see Israel Folau in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Photo: Getty Images

Household names must feature in Olympic Sevens in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 if rugby is to maximise its opportunity on the world stage, International Rugby Board chief Brett Gosper says.

The board under Gosper is encouraging international unions to work through red-tape issues and ensure stars who want to play are allowed to do so.

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