This seems absolutely barmy. The NZRU are contacting top players about their interest in the Olympic 7s in Rio but asking them to consider opting out of Super Rugby and Internationals for 2016 to prepare.
This is ridiculous. I'm sorry, but I've seen the 7s circuit and top international players would take 2-3 weeks max to be ready to play in an Olympics. Some could actually turn up on the day and make an impact in some of the IRB 7s I've seen. Why are they trying to make out it is something it isn't? It is not a step up for world class athletes - it is a dilution.
Average NZ players playing 7s with 10 months prep versus World Class NZ 15s players (e.g. Carter, SBW etc.) playing 7s with 2-3 weeks prep is an absolute no-brainer.
If Israel Folau had turned up on the first day of the Commonwealth games 7s - he would still have been the star of the Aussie team.
Edited by Scubby, 30 July 2014 - 10:33 AM.