Rugby World recently sat down with Ireland, Leinster and Lions legend Brian O’Driscoll to talk about sevens rugby. Specifically, we talked about the differences between sevens and 15s – looking at conditioning specifically.
O’Driscoll calls the stars of the abbreviated game “pure athletes” and puts his own career into context by explaining that he realised relatively late in his rugby career just how to get the best performances out of himself. Comparing that to the stars of the HSBC Sevens World Series, he says that these competitors leave no stone unturned.
O’Driscoll goes on to explain how he spent some time talking with New Zealand sevens head coach Gordon Tietjens about the brutally hard work that goes into conditioning these athletes. O’Driscoll also discusses how he feels some of the converts from 15s who have taken up sevens in a bid to make the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, in August, have struggled to pick up all of the nuances of the short-sided game.
O’Driscoll finishes by pinpointing the fantastic athleticism and impressive try tally from South Africa’s lethal finisher Seabelo Senatla – with O’Driscoll claiming that the Blitzbokke’s finest is someone you must keep your eyes on in the near future.
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