Fiji Time: 11:49 AM on Thursday 17 August

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Super Rugby or Rio choice

Aap
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

AUCKLAND - Most players who want to be part of the All Blacks Sevens squad for the 2016 Rio Olympics are likely to have to miss that year's Super Rugby competition.

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew says a number of players involved in the 15-a-side game have raised the issue of the Olympics in their contract negotiations.

Some have made a specific request that, if they decided they wanted to be available for selection for Rio and got picked, they would be able to go.

Tew says both NZR and coach Sir Gordon Tietjens' thinking is that New Zealand would need a squad of players who had been competing in the shorter format for some time beforehand.

That meant they would be unlikely to play in that year's Super Rugby.

"Our thinking right now is that the majority of 15s players who would go to Rio would need to commit to sevens for the season," he said.

"There may be one or two exceptions, but it's certainly our belief and Titch's belief at the moment that, to be successful at Rio, we're going to need a group of players that have played sevens for at least a few months."

New Zealand are the world champions in both men's and women's sevens, and NZR is targeting two golds when the sport makes its Olympic debut.

Players who have talked about wanting to make it to Rio include Sonny Bill Williams, who is set to return to the Chiefs from the NRL next season, and new Blues recruit Benji Marshall.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.63150.6125
JPY 55.724552.7245
GBP 0.38660.3786
EUR 0.42500.4130
NZD 0.69090.6579
AUD 0.63420.6092
USD 0.50200.4850

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 14th, August, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Trial hears of attempts to form new State
  2. $330m kava market
  3. Surprise hailstorm
  4. Scholarship allowance effective from August 1
  5. Long jail terms for farmers
  6. The RFMF Band
  7. Buli wins for kids
  8. My Kana mobile app
  9. Farmers race against time
  10. Anaemia problem

Top Stories this Week

  1. Fijian dies in crash after fleeing crime scene Tuesday (15 Aug)
  2. Couple ties knot on REACH mobile bus Sunday (13 Aug)
  3. Families unite in grief Friday (11 Aug)
  4. Man 'run over' by car Tuesday (15 Aug)
  5. A-G stop false infor Friday (11 Aug)
  6. The leaping point Monday (14 Aug)
  7. Life in captivity Friday (11 Aug)
  8. Man stabs duo Wednesday (16 Aug)
  9. Nawai stops Tabuarua in the first round Monday (14 Aug)
  10. Mysterious calls after the murder Tuesday (15 Aug)