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Calling Zack Test America’s best 7s player used to elicit some debate. But the 25-year-old now comfortably claims that title, and it might be safe to say he, the USA’s all-time try leader on the 7s World Series, is the best 7s Eagle of all time.
It’s hard to rely solely on statistics to crown Test the best ever, because the Eagles haven’t always been core members of the circuit, the World Series hasn’t always had so many stops, and the lineups used to be a lot more fluid prior to players getting paid real money to participate.
But Test passes the eye test, too. His value to the team was evidenced most clearly in Dubai this season. The Eagles lost close games to England and Australia to open the tournament, and Test was hurt in the win over Kenya in the pool finale. Without him, the team limped to a meager win over inferior Japan and was dusted by France. In the tournament prior and after, with Test, the Eagles claimed the Bowl and Plate, respectively.
Though the Eagles finished a lowly 13th on the circuit in the 2013/2014 season, Test had a good year individually, making the Dream Team – the all-star team picked by World Series announcers after every tournament – in Hong Kong and Tokyo in the spring.
Combined with another selection to the Dream Team after October’s Gold Coast event, he achieved the honor three times in 2014. Only three players had more selections – New Zealand’s DJ Forbes, South Africa’s Werner Kok and Australia’s Cameron Clark. That’s impressive company.
Another milestone reached by Test this year was breaking the 100-try mark. He did it against Canada at the Gold Coast, fittingly fending off John Moonlight en route to pay dirt. Moonlight and Test now sit tied in the all-time World Series list with 107 tries a piece. The 25-year-old has surpassed greats like Fiji’s William Ryder, Waisale Serevi and Emosi Vucago, as well as England’s Mat Turner, in the all-time try tally.
Test has been the one constant through the last several tumultuous seasons, riding the tide through four coaches. Folau Niua, Garrett Bender, Maka Unufe and Andrew Durutalo also date back to the Al Caravelli days, but all took long absences at one time or another. Test has hung around, and his consistency and cumulative body of work are now paying dividends.