Michael Cheika has announced his team to take on Fiji in the Wallabies’ opening match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Everyone is already labelling former Australian sprinter, Trae Williams, the fastest rugby player in the world.
The superlative is certainly not without merit.
The 22-year-old, affectionately known as ‘Quadzilla’, has a 100m PB of 10.10 seconds; 0.03 seconds faster than that of USA Sevens star, Carlin Isles.
But rugby is rarely played in uninterrupted 100m dashes. If Quadzilla truly wants to claim the mantle of World’s Fastest Rugby Player, he’ll need to best Isles’ turf-torching run at the Paris Sevens where he reached speeds of up to 37km/h – and not for the first time.
The 29-year-old, Carlin Isles, took up rugby in 2012 and has already amassed 185 tries in 233 games, ranking second behind Perry Baker for the most career tries scored for the US.
Many of his runaway specials have tracked top speeds of 37km/h, including one at the 2017 Dubai Sevens and another at the New Zealand Sevens earlier this year.
When Williams announced his move to rugby in May, Isles was quick to remind us all of these on-field exploits, declaring himself the “fastest forever!” on Twitter.
But before you start dreaming of fiery on-field sledging and battles of one-upmanship, the pair were quick to hose down any rumours of animosity… on a Roar Rugby Instagram post no less.