Ahead of the Dubai Rugby Sevens, we look at four star players set to shine.
Who do you think will win men’s and women’s tournaments?
JERRY TUWAI (FIJI)
The current World Rugby Men’s Sevens Player of the Year is a true superstar who hums with godliness in and out of attack. The diminutive playmaker, 30, can dart and weave past oppositions using his unholy acceleration at every opportunity and shows clinical efficiency in defence. If Fiji are to win a first title in Dubai since 2015, then the Suva man will be central to their exploits. A class act.
PERRY BAKER (USA)
One of the most popular players in the game. The American has electrifying pace and can set the ground smoking with his nifty footwork. In November 2016, the Florida man picked up the World Rugby Player of the Year award after scoring a stunning 57 tries during the 2016/17 season. Three years on, the 33-year-old is still the brightest spark on an improving USA side. A genuine threat from anywhere on the field.
SEABELO SENATLA (SOUTH AFRICA)
The return of Senatla, who has scored a sizzling 204 tries in 203 matches, can only be glowing news for the Blitzboks and bad news for their rivals. The 26-year-old is still determined to prove himself worthy of selection to the Springboks, but his contributions on the sevens circuit are next level. The Welkom man has superb balance and can pass off either hand and step off either foot. An immense presence.
RUBY TUI (NEW ZEALAND)
If the Black Ferns are going to continue their stunning form of late, then the Wellington native will be central to their success. A powerful runner and tireless at the breakdown, the reigning Women’s Sevens Player of the Year inspired New Zealand with her ferocity last season, scoring 12 tries and laying on countless assists. If the 27-year-old is on song this weekend, then the reigning champions will be hard to beat.
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