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Olympic rugby players will be contesting the Rugby World Cup for the first time when the quadrennial tournament kicks off Friday in Tokyo, which is also hosting the Olympics next year.
There’s 18 Olympians across nine teams, including Nakarawa, Viliame Mata, Josua Tuisova and Semi Kunatani from the Fiji squad which won the rugby sevens title when the condensed version of the sport made its Olympic debut at Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
Nakarawa will start his third Rugby World Cup when Fiji takes on two-time champion Australia on Saturday in Sapporo, where he’s hoping the champion sevens exponents can add some extra flair to the 15s showcase.
”15s is more about power and endurance, so repeatedly getting tackled and getting up again,” Nakarawa said. ”But the fitness and strength you get from sevens really helps. Because of that, you never feel tired out there.”
Ruaridh McConnochie and James Davies were part of the British team which won the Olympic silver medal in Rio, and will be playing for England and Wales respectively at the Rugby
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