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Phipps eyeing up Olympics

23rd December 2013 09:09

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Australian scrum-half Nick Phipps is the next player to set his sights on playing for his country in the Olympics in the Sevens form of the game.

The international, who signed for the Waratahs from the Rebels in the off-season, admits the 2016 carrot is something he has his eye on.

"Players from around the world are jumping at it," he told the Sydney Morning Herald when mulling over the possibility of getting Sevens action.

"You have Sonny Bill, Israel Folau - two phenomenal players who would be great at that level.

"There is so much talk about the sevens, especially in Australia. I would love to do it.

"I don't know what the circumstances are; they [the ARU] haven't really made it clear.

"I remember they said you have to play sevens for a year and that is a bit difficult as you would be giving up an opportunity to play for the Wallabies.

"I don't know how it's going to work, but if I have the opportunity, I'd love the chance.

"It's still my favourite form of the game - I loved it.

"All the other countries - the minnow countries before [sevens rugby's acceptance for the] Olympics were announced - are going gangbusters.

"The Russians, the USA are going really well in this year's tournament. Fiji are investing a lot of money; there is a chance of gold medal there."

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