Messam keen to go to Olympics

03rd Aug 2014, 08:37

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Liam Messam: Still young enough for Sevens?

Liam Messam: Still young enough for Sevens?

Chiefs loose forward Liam Messam has set his sights on making New Zealand's Sevens team for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Chiefs loose forward Liam Messam has set his sights on making New Zealand's Sevens team for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

30-year-old Messam, who has 32 caps for the All Blacks, is no stranger to the abbreviated version of the game having won two Commonwealth Games gold medals as part of Gordon Tietjens' Sevens team.

''My major goal is to get to the Olympics and I'll be 32 by then. So I know I need to do all the recovery work and I need to eat what I need to to be able to train every day,'' he told the Sunday Star Times.

Olympic squad members are likely to miss large parts of the 2016 Super Rugby season and possibly that year's Tests.

''The (NZRU) has to put a process in place that supports the Sevens and also doesn't undermine our XVs, because 2016 is going to be a big year for whoever is in the [All Blacks] as there could be a lot of changes," said All Blacks coach Steve Hansen.

''So you wouldn't want a whole lot of people going, but there's certainly room for some people to go and it's just about getting that balance right.''