Sevens

Six to watch at RWC Sevens

2013-06-27 20:50
DJ Forbes (AFP)

Moscow - A Penpix of six players to watch at the IRB Rugby World Cup Sevens, taking place at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

1. Vasily Artemyev (Russia)

The Northampton winger is the leading light of Russian rugby.

Educated in Ireland, Artemyev is deceptively quick and will hope to lead his team out of a pool that includes powerhouses South Africa, Scotland and Japan.

2. Bernard Foley (Australia)

The Australian shone when recently starting at fly-half for the Waratahs against the British and Irish Lions.

He brings a raft of experience to a young squad that will have to be on top early form to safely negotiate a pool including France, Spain and Tunisia.

3. Carlin Isles (USA)

As a sprinter, Isles' best of 10.13 seconds would have seen him make the semi-finals of last year's Olympic Games.

After turning his back on track and field for rugby with an eye on the Rio Games in 2016, Isles has become an internet hit for his long-range tries, and an increased game sense has only aided his danger on the park.

4. DJ Forbes (New Zealand)

Forbes is back from injury to lead the All Blacks in their bid for a first World Cup title since 2001.

The veteran is a workhorse who powers around the field and does much of the unsung work that allows his younger teammates to shine.

5. Kayla McAlister (New Zealand)

Sister of ex-All Black Luke, currently playing for Toulouse, McAlister is a former netballer who converted to rugby through New Zealand's Go4Gold recruitment programme.

She quickly became a key player for her team, a step and genuine pace making her one of the outstanding female players on the circuit.

6. Kelly van Harskamp (Netherlands)

Van Harskamp is a proven try scorer on the women's circuit.

A nominee for player of the year, the Dutchwoman also runs good support lines and will have to be on top form to help her team out of a pool that includes New Zealand, Canada and Tunisia.

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