Rodney Iona and Matt Hawke have both been picked to play in an invitational sevens tournament in Kenya. Photo: Melissa Adams
From London to Tuggeranong and on to Kenya - Rodney Iona is aiming for a hat-trick of titles as he continues a whirlwind month of worldwide rugby to chase his professional dream.
But before the fleet-footed back gets a chance to impress international scouts, Iona wants to help the Tuggeranong Vikings to their third consecutive John I Dent Cup premiership on Saturday.
Iona will play for the Vikings in their grand final against Royals at Viking Park this weekend.
Seven days after the game, Iona and Gungahlin Eagles star Matt Hawke will fly to Kenya to play in an international sevens tournament for the Samurai invitational team.
It's an opportunity they hope will launch them to a Super Rugby deal or a spot in the Australian sevens program ahead of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Iona and Hawke were the only two amateur players in the ACT Brumbies side that won the world club sevens tournament in London last month.
They were spotted by the Samurai team, which invites players from around the world to play for them in different tournaments.
''I can't wait, it's going to be a good gig [in Kenya],'' Iona said.
''Going to London with the Brumbies was an eye-opener for sure, I was nervous and I've never been on a stage like that.
''The Samurai team is a good opportunity to get exposure and I'd definitely take any opportunity that comes my way.''
Iona's No.1 priority is lifting the Vikings to their fourth premiership in five years. The team has dominated the competition for the past three years, losing only a handful of games and cruising to the minor premiership.
Former Australian schoolboy Iona moved to Canberra in 2009 and has been chasing opportunities with the Brumbies.
After starring in London, Iona and Hawke are both in contention to win extended player contracts with the Brumbies for the 2014 Super Rugby season.
If they miss out, the Australian Rugby Union is set to re-establish the club academy systems and the duo will almost certainly be included in the Brumbies fringe squad.
Hawke takes inspiration from the rise of Jesse Mogg.
Just two years after being plucked from the Canberra competition, Mogg has played in a Super Rugby final and two Tests for the Wallabies.
''Obviously Super Rugby is the goal, I'd love to do something with the Brumbies,'' Hawke, 26, said.