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Zack Test has the ability to be among the best 7s players in the world, and in fact might already be there.

His 2012-2013 season showed a big step forward in his skills. He changed how he evaded tacklers, eschewing his signature move and instead incorporating a series of different attacking options. He became more direct in exploiting gaps. He improved his rucking and his ability to retain ball in contact.

He was named to the HSBC All-Series team, and deserved to be there, and he is RUGBYMag’s Men’s 7s Player of the Year.

“It always feels good to get recognition for how hard you work, but it’s not about me it’s about the team,” Test told RUGBYMag. “I am not too worried about individual awards, I just want to play a role on this team and help the USA be a top-eight team.”

Test unveiled a few extras this season. He has always been good in the air, but he made massive strides in his defense, and even unleashed a snappy kick from the hand that resulted in more than one Carlin Isles try.

“I’ve been playing on the circuit for quite a while now and the game kind of slows down for you,” Test said. “After a while you realize you were in a situation and you might have made the right decision or the wrong decision, so you think of those situations and learn the ins and outs of the decisions being made. But it’s also the chemistry of the team. You know if you take a risk you know someone’s going to be there and you’re still going to get the ball back. As far as kicking, I’ve been working on kicking for the past couple of games and reading the game. And I know Carlin Isles, if we can keep it in bounds but near the sideline he’s going to get it. So it’s something I hope we can keep doing.”

Zack Test is RUGBYMag’s Men’s 7s Player of the Year.