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Wallabies want 7s gold

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Monday, July 21, 2014

GLASGOW, Scotland - Wallaby Liam Gill insists winning a Commonwealth Games Rugby Sevens gold would be on par with taking the Bledisloe Cup back from the Kiwis.

Australia's rugby sevens team touched down in Glasgow on Saturday faced with the formidable task of ending New Zealand's stranglehold on the competition.

The Kiwis are clear favourites, having won all four gold medals on offer at the Games, starting Kuala Lumpur in 1998.

Australia's best result was a silver at Delhi 2010.

The Kiwis have also dominated the Wallabies at the 15-man game, holding the Bledisloe Cup for the past 11 years.

And Gill, a 15-Test Wallaby, didn't have any doubts when asked how winning Sevens gold in Glasgow would compare to breaking Australia's Bledisloe drought.

"Winning silver last time was amazing," Gill told AAP at Glasgow Airport on Saturday.

"If we can win gold it would be huge.

"It compares to the greatest honours of the game."

The Queensland Reds flanker, one of two Super Rugby players in the squad along with the Melbourne Rebels' Sean McMahon, earlier this month said he hoped to impress in the Games tournament to be recalled back into the Wallabies line-up.

But after landing at Glasgow airport, he said his focus had shifted.

"To go into the athlete's village again as part of a different set up for the Sevens, to have another chance at winning a gold medal - that's where my head's at and I can't wait," he said.

Gill conceded training for the faster pace seven-man version of the game came as a "rude shock", but he was ready and confident to reach the final and try for revenge against New Zealand.

The Australian side, coached by Welshman Geraint John, will face England, Sri Lanka and Uganda in their pool after competition kicks off on July 26.


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