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Fiji, NZ no longer dominate

Rodney Duthie In Wellington
Sunday, February 09, 2014

RUGBY legend Jonah Lomu, who once graced the Westpac Stadium with his thundering runs, was back at the Wellington 7s tournament — this time as event ambassador.

The 38-year-old Lomu, who has kidney disorder, said the "great game" of sevens had grown over the years with the introduction of the world series in 1999.

He said Fiji and New Zealand no longer dominated the sevens game as lesser known teams were also performing exceptionally well.

"I think it's evenly spread among the nations now. Lesser known teams are punching above their weight and making sure that the bigger teams know that they are there," Lomu said.

"Lesser known teams are no longer being pushed the way they used to. That's the great thing about the series — teams have learnt to play the game and become competitive with the pinnacle being in Rio (Olympics) in 2016.

"The teams have caught up and the gaps that we used to have isn't there any more. That gap is getting smaller and smaller," he said.








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