Guess who’s coming to Hong Kong this year?
3 April, 2016BACK TO NEWS
Sonny Bill Williams
Is he coming or not? He definitely is! After sitting out of the last two World Series tournaments, Sonny Bill Williams is slated to return for New Zealand.
Williams was under a cloud as to whether he would make it to Hong Kong, but as the rugby gods would have it, the dual international and global sports superstar, is fit and raring to go. "Sonny is coming off the back of two very good tournaments in Sydney and Wellington and wants to get back into it. He's been training well and will be looking forward to Hong Kong." Said Coach Gordon Tietjens.
Williams signed on with the New Zealand Sevens team with the aim of making it into the Olympic squad. He will be a draw card for not only the New Zealand supporters with his signature offloads, but for anyone who appreciates open, running rugby. Did we mention that he was also the New Zealand Heavyweight boxing champion a few years ago?
Another Rugby superstar due to run on for the for the New Zealand team at the Hong Kong Sevens is All Blacks stalwart and the Chiefs' co captain, Liam Messam. Teaming up with his close friend and All Blacks teammate Sonny Bill Williams, the pair is bound to excite the crowd.
Messam is the most capped player for the Chiefs and having won two Super Rugby and two Rugby World Cup titles, he is certain one of the greatest players of the Chiefs.
"Sonny Bill and Liam are back in the reckoning - Liam had a very good final in Vancouver and will want to back that up in Hong Kong," said Tietjens ahead of the tournament which runs from April 8-10." Said coach Tietjens.
Nick "Honey Badger" Cummins
Another superstar has been selected to arrive in Hong Kong next week. This time it is Nick Cummins, aka The Honey Badger of Australia. The former Australian Wallabies representative is perhaps best known for his razor sharp wit and his quintessentially Australian post-match interviews. But he is no slouch on the field either. Beginning his representative career in the Australian Sevens squad in 2007, Cummins scored the most tries during that year's World Sevens Series. Since then, Cummins has been a regular starter for Australian Super Rugby team, the Western Force and has previously played for the Barbarians, Japanese team, Coca Cola Red Sparks, and represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games as –well as earning 15 caps for the Wallabies.
Qantas Australian Men's Sevens coach Andy Friend said that Cummins will bring a wealth of knowledge into the squad and his previous eight appearances for the nation Sevens team will give him a solid footing.
"I'm keen as mustard to get this opportunity to play Sevens again. She's a big year, we all know why… To make the team, you've got to get on the burst and perform - and that's what I intend on doing." Said Cummins.