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Rugby sevens heroes

David Campese  Australia   David Campese Australia
Kuala Lumpur 1998

One of the greatest wingers rugby has ever seen. The Australian legend was enticed out of semi retirement to lead an inexperienced Wallabies team to the Kuala Lumpur games in 1998.

Campese proved an inspiration and led his charges to the bronze medal against fearsome opposition from Fiji and New Zealand.

Many would say he was far more successful in the full game than sevens but whatever level Campese played at he was an inspiration to all around him

Jonah Lomu  New Zealand   Jonah Lomu New Zealand
Kuala Lumpur 1998

There can be few more frightening sights in sport than Jonah Lomu carrying a rugby ball running straight at you. The only thing worse would be looking behind you three seconds later after he's trampled over the top of you on his way to the line.

After becoming an instant hero in the 1995 Rugby World Cup, Jonah suffered a rare debilitating kidney disease that took him out of the game for a long period. He made a triumphant return to the game and picked up a gold medal at the Kuala Lumpur games.

Waisele Serevi - Fiji   Waisele Serevi - Fiji
Kuala Lumpur 1998

Without a doubt one of the most devastating seven's players ever. The little Fijian back has almost legendary status in the game. He may not have always been the most successful in the 15-a-side game but when it comes to sevens he becomes a livewire every time he gets near the ball, fully understanding the need to make the ball do all the hard work.

Serevi has a habit of dominating every tournament he plays in and will count himself unlucky to have only picked up a silver in Malaysia after losing out to Lomu's Kiwis. A feat the Fijian captain will be looking to better in Manchester.

Chris Sheasby  England   Chris Sheasby England
Kuala Lumpur 1998

Sheasby didn't manage to get on the podium in Malaysia but is still rated as one of the best sevens players England has produced. In the squad England sent over for the 1998 games back-rower Sheasby was the only recognised senior international, so his task was a largely hopeless one against the much more powerful Kiwis and Fijians.

Sheasby's England eventually fell at the quarter-final stages against the Aussies but even that was considered a success.

Karl Te Nana  New Zealand   Karl Te Nana New Zealand
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One of the stars to watch out for at Manchester 2002 will be New Zealand's dreadlocked captain, King Karl Te Nana. Stunning performances at the recent Hong Kong Sevens (thought by many to be the premier sevens tournament in the world) has labelled him now as a potential gold medallist should the Kiwis perform to expectations at the Games.

Anyone who's going to stand out above Jonah Lomu is going to have to have a pretty impressive tournament and the New Zealanders will be hoping that Te Nana will have one of those.

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