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Here’s What The Men’s Coaches Say

Here’s What The Men’s Coaches Say
Clark Laidlaw
July 18
10:30 2018

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As the count­down to the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 starts, here is what the men’s coaches had to say to World Rug­by;

“We do not have the greatest of records in this tournament, but that said, we know we will be a very competitive team if we play to our strengths and within our game plan. It is exciting times for all of us and we are ready to do our best for our country.” – South Af­rica’s 7s head coach Neil Powell.

“No team has ever won back-to-back World Cup titles since it’s started so we have cer­tainly talked about that and about being the first team to change that. We know there are massive challenges to come, all the teams will be really well prepared.” -New Zealand All Blacks 7s coach Clark Laidlaw.

“There have been some outstanding perfor­mances across the board recently and this is backed up by the team’s consistency. Achiev­ing five podium finishes since the Common­wealth Games demonstrates that we’re in a good place going into this World Cup.” – Eng­land 7s coach Simor Amor

“Liam has had a tough run with injuries over the last while but really came back strong in Paris last month to force my hand. He’s a great ball player with awareness, time and composure so I’m looking forward to seeing him play to his potential.” – Australia 7s coach Tim Walsh on the inclusion of Liam McNamara.

“We’re looking to build on the experiences gained by this group so far this season. The World Cup is a unique tournament to be in­volved in and both preparing for and compet­ing at it will be great for the development of the young players in our squad.” – Scotland 7s head coach John Dalziel.

“We have a very strong squad based on training. The guys have really trained hard and we believe we have selected the best team that can represent the country. We’re looking for good performances from the players and, hopefully, we can get some good results,”

– Kenya coach Innocent Simiyu

“This is a great culmination to our season. The World Cup has been an aim of ours for the past 18 months and we’re excited with the squad we have put together. We are build­ing nicely towards the opening match versus Zimbabwe, and starting well against their physicality and elusiveness is a key aim of ours. The tournament structure is differ­ent but exciting, and we are eager to get out there and get things started,” -Wales coach Gareth Williams

Edited by Grace Narayan

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