Women ready for kick off when rugby returns to the Olympics

One thing he couldn't guarantee was the reaction of the players who missed out, a response he now regards as the measure of the team.

We have had a couple of days when I don't think they have been on the mental but the impressive thing with that is that they are not afraid- from the youngest to the most experienced in Rebecca Tavo.

"They didn't play us this hard in Florida".

RIO DE JANEIRO Top seeds Australia needed a last gasp conversion to avoid an upset at the hands of the United States in their final pool match as the quarter-final picture became clear at the inaugural women's sevens tournament on Sunday. Fijians have competed in the Olympics since 1956, but have never won a medal.

Treharne was one of the captains as GB entered two teams in the Moscow, Exeter and Gydnia warmup tournaments - they played each other in the final of the concluding event in Poland.

The 2016 Olympics welcome rugby sevens, a variant that, as you can tell from the name, uses just seven players per side. "And we are doing it to a very high level". "Hundreds have lined the training pitch to watch us".

"Fifteens isn't well known and rugby sevens even less so".

Before every match she plays in the women's sevens world series, Green writes the word "mum" on her wrist, serving as motivation for any challenge she may face out on the field.

Rugby is making its first appearance at the Olympics since 1924. The result is a still entertaining, but more consistent Fiji team.

England, which finished eighth in the world series, contributes eight of the 12 while Scotland - 10th overall after winning May's London finale - has two, as does 12th-placed Wales. The following month in Hong Kong, the Fijians won again to all but secure the world championship. If they make mistakes, we will capitalise on that.

The US team had looked to be on their way to a shock victory thanks to a brace of tries from Jessica Javelet after Emma Tonegato had opened the scoring.

The Olympic bug has certainly caught the imagination of Tietjens, whose side will be battling with the likes of favourites Fiji, South Africa, Australia and Britain for gold. As well, there's France-based Josua "The Fijian Bus" Tuisova in a versatility role and forwards such as Leone Nakarawa to provide possession.

The Americans pushed both leading contenders for the gold medal in back-to-back matches on the second day of competition but will have to settle for playing in classification matches for 5th-8th places along with the other quarterfinal losers. They start their campaign on Tuesday.

As in the 15-man game which they dominate, New Zealand also have a glorious Sevens tradition and the All Blacks are likely to be there or thereabouts when the medals are decided. We want a fast, dynamic sport.

"The favorites tag is with us, so we've got to play like favorites, but we've also got to play with humbleness and control".

Ryan will allow his players to use their phones to film and share their part in Friday's opening ceremony - "that's the memories, and I'm not going to stop them doing that" - before the mobiles are surrendered, "and then we're on lockdown".

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