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Rugby Road to Rio 2016: Dubai 7s Preview: The Leaders

World Rugby and the HSBC Men’s and Women’s 7s Series kicks off in Dubai this week and wanted to share a few insights on who to watch for the first leg.

The Leaders:
We expect these 5 players to lead from the front and by example. Some are captains, others stalwart veterans.

Cecil Afrika – RSA:
No one would ever accuse him of being the biggest man on the pitch, but this former Series Player of the Year is among the most dependable around when healthy.

Collins Injera – KEN:
When he’s not autographing expensive camera equipment, he moonlights as the 3rd leading try scorer in World Rugby Sevens Series History with 203.
DJ Forbes – NZ:
One of the most recognizable forwards in the game. Some say in the twilight of a successful career. Swan song in Rio?

Zack Test – USA:
Whether under the high ball or with tenacious defending, his field presence provides a lift for USA, fresh off of their first Series win in London 2015.

Terry Bourahoua -FRA:
A tenacious playmaker who has led an often under performing French side; if the French have success, he likely will have a hand in it.

Jillion Potter – USA:
Few more inspiring things than beating cancer. Except maybe returning to international rugby after beating cancer. Fearless and Hard Hitting, we are glad to see her back on the pitch. Im not sure how her opponents feel about it though.
Jen Kish – CAN:
We’re not sure there has been a bigger impact player for a team. Kish does it all. One to watch for sure:

Nadezda Kudinova – RUS:
Last year’s Series Player of the Year Finalist will feature heavily in Russia’s created chances.

Christelle LeDuff – FRA:
This is a veteran with a talent for being whatever her team needs from her at the time.

Patricia Garcia – ESP:
This giant-slaying captain had the game winning try that halted a surging NZ undefeated streak in last year’s series.

Are there any we forgot? Let us know on twitter or our Facebook Page!
Hammers and Finisher’s preview coming next!