Sevens players’ playlist: what do the teams listen to before they go into battle?

A collection of Hong Kong Sevens players give us an insight into the teams’ choice of music before they take to the field

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 April, 2017, 3:16pm
UPDATED : Friday, 07 April, 2017, 3:16pm

The beats were pumping as the South African bus pulled into Kings Park before practice on Wednesday.

Nothing brash, mind, nor really recognisable to those outside the windows but it set minds to pondering just what music these sevens players use to get them in to mood before practice or game time.

Blitzbok captain Philip Snyman revealed the choice of music for his team depended on whose turn it was to be DJ.

“There can be whole different vibes depending on the player and the age,” he said. “R. Kelly, dance, hip-hop, rap, trance – anything.

“We call ourselves the rainbow nation and that’s what it’s like with the music, too. For me, if I see the players happy then I have a happy melody in my mind.”

Kiwi captain Scott Curry was of much the same opinion – although he wasn’t quite sure of the name of the tracks that were usually laid down by (fittingly) veteran player and turntablist D.J. Forbes.

“It’s usually a pretty low-key track. Most of us like to go out relaxed. Relaxed in the mind, fire in the belly.”

Inspired by that thought, the Post team set about coming up with a Sevens Players Playlist this week. So put your headphones on and get yourself into the groove.

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Tom Lucas (Australia): “I don’t have one in particular but I know most of the boys like the Aussie classics, Working Class Man and Khe Sanh and stuff like that.”

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Little surprise after that to learn from ex-Wallaby Stephen Hoiles that the team song for the Classic Wallabies during this week’s GFI HKFC 10s was another gem from Down Under.

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Fans who have thrilled to the style of one-time Wallaby Morgan Turinui will meanwhile not be that surprised at his choice to get the blood pumping:

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Team USA’s Danny Barrett revealed that he turns back the clock before stepping out to play. “Back when I was younger it was the Space Jam Theme Song and I still roll it out every once in a while,” he said. “It’s on the playlist. I like cartoons and Michael Jordan was pretty good, so why not.”

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Lastly, Jamaican captain-coach Lisa Frazer gave up a track she said reflected the way people on her island approach life as much as the game of sevens. “There’s a number of songs but Rihanna on this one always gets me in the mood. You have to feel right to play right,” she said.

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