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4 Fast Men To Watch In Los Angeles Sevens

With the Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan coming up in July, already there are number of speedsters who are going to be tested out at the Dignity Health & Sports Park.
25 Feb 2020 12:20
4 Fast Men To Watch In Los Angeles Sevens
Jordan Conroy, Rod Davies, Aminiasi Tuimaba and Joe Ravouvou.

Speed is what teams playing in this weekend’s Los Angeles Sevens tournament in USA are going to bank on when the going gets tough.

With the Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan coming up in July, already there are number of speedsters who are going to be tested out at the Dignity Health & Sports Park.

Hosts and defending champions USA Eagles have opted to retain speed merchants Carlin Isles and two-time World Sevens Player of the Year, Perry Baker.

England have stuck with the evergreen Dan Norton while series leaders New Zealand have retained the elusive Regan Ware. These speedsters are match winners for their teams.

But let’s take a look at some of the fastest players who could stamp their mark in L.A

JORDON CONROY (Ireland)

The 25-year-old, half Irish, half French winger is the top try scorer in the 2019/20 HSBC World Sevens Series. Last year he was voted the Player of the Year by the Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland.

Blessed with natural pace and power, Conroy rose to international acclaim again in June, last year when he scored a scintillating try against the US Eagles at Twickenham.

The USA are one of the kingpins of the Sevens circuit, boasting household names such as the electric Carlin Isles— who once clocked a time of 10.15 in the 100m.

Even so, the Ireland speedster would leave Isles trailing in his wake, hitting a top speed of 36kph as he raced away for a superb individual score.

Conroy idolised Jamaican speedsters such as Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell in his youth, he now has the opportunity to emulate those greats on the world stage.

ROD DAVIES (Australia)

He ran the 100metres in 10.8 seconds. Known affectionately as Rocket, noted speedster Davies helped the Queensland Reds to the 2011 Super Rugby title win and played one Test for the Wallabies before stints in France and Japan.

Still just 29, Davies is back in Australian rugby with the Western Force and, after a brief training stint with Tim Walsh’s (Australia 7s coach) squad, has earned a start.

Davis also played rugby league for the Brisbane Broncos from 2007-08.

Walsh said: “Rod is one of the fastest players in Australian rugby and the strategy will be to get him into space to showcase his speed.”

AMINIASI TUIMABA (Fiji)

He was the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s top scorer when they won the 2018/19 HSBC World Sevens Series. So far, in this series Tuimaba is the second top try scorer and is closely behind Conroy.

Tuimaba started off with rugby league playing for Saru Dragons in Lautoka. He was contracted to the Panthers rugby league club in Avarua, Cook Islands.

He is now with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Suva.

JOE RAVOUVOU (New Zealand)

The Fijian-born winger has been recalled to the side by head coach Clark Laidlaw.

Ravouvou adds pace and power to their backline. He was their main weapon when New Zealand lifted the Melrose Cup at AT&T Park in San Francisco during the Sevens Rugby World Cup in 2018.

With the Hong Kong and Singapore tournaments being deferred, the former Lelean Memorial School student has been brought back to boost their campaign in L.A and Vancouver to cement their position at the top of the series table.

Edited by Sheldon Chanel

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