Australian sprinter Trae Williams is now the fastest man in rugby after ditching the track for the oval ball with an eye on the Tokyo Olympics as party of the country’s sevens squad.
The 22-year old was part of Australia’s 4x100m relay squad at the world relays meet in Japan in early May, and has personal best of 10.10 seconds over 100m.
This sees him edge USA sevens star Carlin Isles as the fastest man in sevens rugby by just 0.03 of a second.
The American former college sprinter has clocked a time of 10.13 seconds, and held the prestige of being known as the fastest man in the sport, until the emergence of the Aussie known as “Quadzilla”.
Williams signed a three-year contract with Rugby Australia, and is quite stoked about his new adventure.
“I’ve always loved rugby and to be able to potentially chase an Olympic dream through rugby is something I never expected. I want to grab this opportunity with both hands.”
Quadzilla is not the only one pleased with the switch, with Australia’s sevens coach Tim Walsh looking forward to working with the speedster.
“Physically he is in excellent condition to convert into sevens and what he will potentially offer us in terms of speed out wide will add to what we offer on the world stage.
“Players with sprinting backgrounds have made excellent converts to the game such as the USA’s Perry Baker and Carlin Isles as well as our very own Ellia Green and we believe Trae’s transfer will be just as successful.”