LUCKY SEVEN: Powerful ace Kwagga

With Sevens making its debut at the Olympic Games next month, a number of 15s stars have featured on the World Series circuit to prove their worth in the shorter format.

And Blitzbok Kwagga Smith believes this has been great for the game.

He tells “It’s nice seeing some of the biggest names in rugby dedicating their time to Sevens rugby.

“You have guys like Sonny Bill Williams playing for New Zealand and Quade Cooper called up by Australia.

“The likes of Bryan Habana, Francois Hougaard and Juan de Jongh have also spent time with us in recent months.

“The Sevens field is already so competitive and this gives us the opportunity to measure ourselves against the best in the business.”

With the World Series done and dusted, the Blitzbokke are fully focused on winning an Olympic medal.

Smith adds: “My greatest rugby memory was winning the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2014. That was a small taste of what the Olympics will be like.

“It’s a huge honour to receive the opportunity to play in Brazil. I believe South Africa will have what it takes to medal at the Olympics and I’m delighted to be apart of the journey.”

After that, Smith wishes to return to the 15-man game, saying: “I hope to play a bigger role for the team [Lions] in Super Rugby in future.

“I also hope to achieve my national honours in 15s.

“I want to play for the Springboks, especially ahead of the upcoming Rugby World Cup in Japan.”