The results are in! Over 60 players were put through their paces as athletes were able to take part in a customised Athlete Combine as part of the inaugural 2017 Tropical 7s. The player challenge focused entirely on the skills and physical attributes required for the rugby 7s format of the game. The overall scores have been tallied and the results can be announced.
The Tropical 7s Athlete Combine provided a unique opportunity for players and their coaches to benchmark themselves against each other through a standardised set of physical tests and assessments that have been identified as being critical to the development of elite rugby 7s players. The course was designed by the Tropical 7s resident coaches, former Springbok Thinus Delport and fellow compatriot Rudi Keil, another former rugby professional and now a specialist strength and conditioning coach.
The event ran on the afternoon before the official start of Tropical 7s competition part of the week-long training camp environment that several teams took advantage of in the lead-up to the tournament.
The circuit of assessments included within the Tropical 7s Athlete Combine were as follows:
THE TOP PERFORMERS
The overall top ranked individuals in the boys category was as follows:
The overall top ranked individuals in the girls category was as follows:
Congratulations to Jamel and Ryan (pictured above accepting her award with teammate assistance) who were the overall winners in the boys and girls categories respectively. Individual performance data will be shared with team coaches only.
The ability of players to execute the core skills of the 7-a-side version of the game under the pressure of time, space, and under fatigue and do so consistently over a two day tournament is arguably unique to rugby sevens.