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Blackie: Challenge For Fiji

Scoring back-to-back wins on the World Sevens Series is no easy feat, says Josh Blackie. No one knows how hard the World Sevens Series is than the former All Blacks
12 Dec 2015 11:36
Blackie: Challenge For Fiji

Scoring back-to-back wins on the World Sevens Series is no easy feat, says Josh Blackie.

No one knows how hard the World Sevens Series is than the former All Blacks sevens rep.

He was a member of Sir Gordon Tietjens’ team which lost the Melrose Cup to Fiji in the 2005 Rugby Sevens World Cup in Hong Kong but made amends winning gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

Blackie said with Fiji’s convincing win in Dubai last weekend, winning in Cape Town this weekend will be a tough challenge.

“The beauty of 7s is that no one really knows who has a chance of winning until the tournament starts,” Blackie said.

“But it is clear that Fiji is setting a high benchmark for the other teams at the moment and its credit to the work that coach Ben Ryan is doing with the team and the commitment of the players.

“I think people underestimate how difficult it is to win consistently on tour and those 7s players are representing their country very proudly and they are doing a great job.

“South Africa has proven to be a tough opponent at the Dubai 7s and no doubt they will be on form playing in their own backyard. I think it will be another two days of spectacular 7s rugby.”

Blackie arrived in the country on Wednesday to be a part of the Elite Player Pathway Academy by the Fiji Rugby Union which was launched at the Grand Pacific Hotel yesterday.

He flew out last night.

The Cape Town Sevens in South Africa kicks off tonight with Fiji taking on Scotland in its first pool match at 9:59pm, Russia at 1:20am and Argentina at 5:03am on Sunday. Edited by Osea Bola



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