Friday wary of Fiji threat

Date published: August 5 2016

USA Sevens coach Mike Friday says all eyes will be on Fiji going into the Olympic Sevens competition.  

The USA are placed in a pool with Fiji, Brazil and Argentina. Friday says that because of the national interest in Sevens the Pacific Islanders are ones to watch. 

"Sevens is their national game and it suits their strengths. The pressure is on them to win their country’s first gold medal in Rio," said Friday.

The former England and Kenya coach said the shortened game allows smaller nations to compete at a higher level.

"Rugby sevens has become the ideal foothold for countries trying to find their way into the sport and the globalisation of rugby has provided developing countries an easier route. More importantly, we’ve seen these countries succeed," explained Friday. 

"InSevens it’s always been the case that a player’s decision making, skill and fitness are put under the microscope, and now more people are looking down through that lens. This can only be a good thing for the sport of rugby as a whole."

The USA's first game is against Argentina on Tuesday, August 9.