With one tournament remaining in the World Series season the New Zealand men's sevens team are likely to finish third. Cast minds forward to next year's Olympic Games, and how would a bronze, or no medal at all again, go down with the demanding, expectant rugby public?

Not well.

Sevens will never compete with the All Blacks but, perhaps, perceptions need to change in New Zealand rugby with regards to the Olympics.


If we're honest, most rugby followers only pay fleeting attention to sevens. Success helps traction but major events and the annual Hamilton leg are the only stages