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Kwagga: Rio is still far away

Kwagga Smith says the Blitzboks are keeping their eyes firmly on Paris and not on Rio.

The Blitzboks suffered a 21-14 defeat to England in their opening match. Picture: Twitter @Blitzboks.

JOHANNESBURG - Kwagga Smith says the Blitzboks are keeping their eyes firmly on Paris and not on Rio this weekend. They head to France in second place on the World Sevens table, eight points behind first place Fiji.

The Blitzboks open up against England on Friday evening, before closing out their group against Brazil and Australia on Saturday.

Smith says the players are still parking any thoughts or plans around the Olympics: "I think Rio definitely plays a role, but we want to focus on this tournament because Rio is still very far away."

Smith says being surrounded by the top players on the circuit has forced him to raise his game: "I'm happy I've picked up so much experience over the past three years. It's the best for me to measure myself against the best players."

The Blitzboks' Paris schedule:

Friday

20:28 South Africa v England

Saturday

11:58 South Africa v Brazil

15:31 South Africa v Australia

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