@Oz Sport Mad wrote:
What do you mean 'wow'???
He is tagging along with the best 7's side in the world, clearly as a token selection.To be honest if Fiji doesn't win the Gold, even carrying Hayne in their team, then they have clearly underachieved
and quite frankly Hayne's venture into 7's Rugby will be seen as a similar failure to his NFL stint
I completely disagree with that statement. Do you know how competitive 7s is these days? If Fiji don't win it will be a massive disappointment but it will in now way necessarily be an underachievement!!!
This season there have been 9 tournaments: Fiji have won 3, NZ 3, and Kenya, SA, and Samoa have each won 1 tournament. On top of that there are probably another 4 of 5 teams who have legitimate chances to win at Rio.
In terms of odds, my bookie has NZ as favourites, marginally ahead of Fiji (at 2:1) who are in turn only marginally more favoured than SA.
All that being said I do find the whole thing very odd. If Fiji take him I kinda agree, it will be as a token. As I said b4 7s is an extremely tough and unique game. Almost impossible for a Union player to pickup in just one tournament let alone a league player who has been playing NFL for the last year+. Not to mention the physical/fitness demands.
The Fiji coach says he hasn't guaranteed Hayne a spot, but thats what the ABs said about SBW too. Sometimes from a financial perspective it is simply a no brainer to include these types of players if the opportunity arises.
EDIT: I tell you what though, IMO, regardless of how competitive 7s is, the one country who if they don't win will see it as an absolute underachievement is NZ. The NZRU stated that Rio would be the priority this year, but their actions have not supported their statement. All Super Rugby players were allowed to play in Rio and everyone just expected our team would be stacked full of guys like Ben Smith, Barrett, Julian Savea, Keiran Read etc, but in the end only a couple Super Rugby players put their names forward and none of them were those big stars. We've won the 7s circuit pretty much every year its been running, and in every year bar one when 7s has been at the Comm Games NZ has put their best team forward and won. For some reason they have bungled Rio though and its very likely we won't win.... As with anything Rugby related in NZ, if we don't win, peoples heads will be on the block!
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