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World Rugby: I have to earn “the fastest man in rugby” tag – Weir

Via World Rugby 

Olympic sprinter Warren Weir is ready to unleash his blistering pace in a new sport and challenge Carlin Isles as “the fastest man in rugby.”Having turned to rugby sevens during an extended off-season, the bronze medallist at London 2012 makes his competitive debut for Jamaica in his new-found sporting passion at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia.As Jamaica’s opening opponents on Wednesday, Guatemala have the unfortunate task of working out ways to stop someone who has clocked times of 19.79 seconds for the 200 metres and 10.02 seconds for the 100m – roughly two-tenths of a second quicker than USA speedster Isles, the top-scorer on this season’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series with 49 tries.

Olympic sprinter Warren Weir is ready to unleash his blistering pace in a new sport and challenge Carlin Isles as “the fastest man in rugby.”
The 28-year-old Weir is taking an uncomplicated approach into his first tournament and says he has a few tricks up his sleeve.

“The game hasn’t really been that hard for me to learn because I am a pretty fast learner. I am looking forward to trying out a few of the tricks I’ve learnt in training and from watching certain videos,” he told World Rugby.

“I just want to go out there and enjoy the game and get a few tries and show the world that I can make the switch even though I am pretty small.

“I don’t think about the hits or the difference in size, speed is the only thing I think about, nothing else. Even in training when people say I need to learn how to tackle I am like, ‘Bro, I am just all about the speed.’”

THUMBS UP

On top of his 200m bronze at London 2012, Weir also won individual silvers at the 2013 World Championships and 2014 Commonwealth Games. Given his pedigree as a sprinter, Weir’s conversion to rugby sevens, albeit as a short-term venture, has caught the attention of the sporting world.

And rather than shy away from talk of taking Isles’ throne in the speed stakes, Weir is happy to embrace the challenge head-on.

“I don’t think I should be getting the title until I have actually played in a tournament. But to be the fastest rugby player gets the thumbs up from me; it is good to go into the Games with that expectation. When people expect a lot from me I tend to go out there and show my best.”

Weir joins a Jamaican squad that will be looking to build on the experience of playing in their first Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament.

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