Australia national rugby sevens team

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Australia
Shirt badge/Association crest
UnionRugby Australia
Head coachTim Walsh
CaptainNick Malouf
Top scorerJames Stannard (1,239)
Top try scorerLewis Holland (111)
First colours
Rugby World Cup Sevens
Appearances7 (First in 1993)
Best resultRunners-up (1993, 2001)
Australia vs Spain at the 2013 World Cup 7s

The Australia national rugby sevens team participates in international competitions such as the World Rugby Sevens Series and Rugby World Cup Sevens. The current captain of the team is Jesse Parahi, and the head coach is Tim Walsh.

Rugby sevens is now recognised as an Olympic sport and made its debut at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Australia qualified for the tournament after winning the 2015 Oceania Sevens Championship.

Australia also competes at other international tournaments for rugby sevens, including at the Commonwealth Games.

Team name [edit]

1x1.pngAustralia national rugby sevens team logo.svg
Logo 2008–2017

The Australia national sevens side, as confirmed by head coach Andy Friend in an interview with Green and Gold Rugby website,[1] does not have a nickname as of 2016. The team is sometimes erroneously referred to as the Aussie Thunderbolts in sections of the media,[2][3] but that name refers to Australia's developmental sevens side (the second team) rather than the official national team.[1][4]

At the inaugural Hong Kong Sevens tournament in 1976, Australia was represented by a selected team under the name Wallaroos,[5] originally the name of one of the foundation clubs of the Southern Rugby Union in 1874,[6] but now used for the Australian women's team in 15-a-side rugby. Australia has also been represented at international sevens tournaments by the Australian Barbarians club.[7][8]

Tournament record[edit]

Australia has played in all of the World Cup tournaments to date with their best result being in 1993 and 2001 when they finished with silver medals. The team has qualified for the only Olympic competition to date with the sport returning to the Olympic scene for the first time since 1924 (back when it was rugby 15s).

Key to tables
* asterisk indicates a shared placing

Rugby World Cup Sevens[edit]

Rugby World Cup 7s
Year Round Position P W L D
Scotland 1993 Final 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 10 7 3 0
Hong Kong 1997 Quarterfinals  5 * 5 3 1 1
Argentina 2001 Final 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 8 7 1 0
Hong Kong 2005 Semifinals  3rd place, bronze medalist(s) * 7 5 2 0
United Arab Emirates 2009 Plate final 10 6 3 3 0
Russia 2013 Quarterfinals  5 * 4 2 1 1
United States 2018 Challenge final 10 4 2 2 0
Total 0 Titles 7/7 44 29 13 2

World Games[edit]

World Games Rugby 7sa
Year Round Position P W L D
Japan 2001 Final 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 6 5 1 0
Germany 2005 Did not participate
Chinese Taipei 2009
Colombia 2013
Total 0 Titles 1/4 6 5 1 0

Olympic Games[edit]

Olympic Games Rugby 7s
Year Round Position P W L D
Brazil 2016 Quarter-finals 8 6 2 4 0
Japan 2020 Qualified
Total 0 Titles 1/1 6 2 4 0

Commonwealth Games[edit]

Commonwealth Games 7s
Year Round Position P W L D
Malaysia 1998 Third playoff 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 5 4 1 0
England 2002 Quarterfinals  5 * 4 3 1 0
Australia 2006 Third playoff 4 6 3 3 0
India 2010 Final 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 6 4 2 0
Scotland 2014 Third playoff 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 6 5 1 0
Australia 2018 Fifth playoff 5 5 4 1 0
England 2022 Schedule to be confirmed
Total 0 Titles 6/6 32 23 9 0

Oceania Sevens[edit]

Oceania Rugby 7s
Year Round Position P W L D
Samoa 2008 Did not participate
French Polynesia 2009
Australia 2010 Final 1st place, gold medalist(s) 6 6 0 0
Samoa 2011 Third playoff 4 7 4 3 0
Australia 2012 Final 1st place, gold medalist(s) 6 6 0 0
Fiji 2013 Third playoff 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 6 4 2 0
Australia 2014 Third playoff 4 6 4 2 0
New Zealand 2015 Final 1st place, gold medalist(s) 6 6 0 0
Fiji 2016 Third playoff 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 6 4 2 0
Fiji 2017 Semifinals  3rd place, bronze medalist(s) * 4 3 1 0
Fiji 2018 Third playoff 4 5 3 2 0
Fiji 2019 Final 1st place, gold medalist(s) 6 6 0 0
Total 4 Titles 10/12 58 46 12 0

World Rugby Sevens Series[edit]

Key to tournament locations
Africa and Middle East Asia
Americas Europe
Oceania Australian event 

2000s[edit]

Summary for Series I to X
World Sevens Series
I
99–00
II
00–01
III
01–02
IV
02–03
V
03–04
 
5th
Dubai
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)rd*
Dubai
  no status** Dubai 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)rd*
Dubai
6th
Dubai
5th
Stellenbosch
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)rd*
Durban
5th
Durban
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)rd*
George
7th*
George
 
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)rd*
Wellington
1st place, gold medalist(s)st
Wellington
7th*
Wellington
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)rd*
Wellington
10th
Wellington
2nd place, silver medalist(s)nd
Brisbane
cancelled Brisbane 1st place, gold medalist(s)st
Brisbane
5th
Brisbane
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)rd*
Suva
 
5th
Punta del Este
7th*
Santiago
9th
Los Angeles
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)rd*
Mar del Plata
 – 5th
Mar del Plata
 
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)rd*
Hong Kong
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)rd*
Hong Kong
5th*
Hong Kong
5th*
Hong Kong
5th*
Hong Kong
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)rd*
Tokyo
2nd place, silver medalist(s)nd
Tokyo
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)rd*
Singapore
cancelled §
Singapore
7th*
Singapore
1st place, gold medalist(s)st
Shanghai
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)rd*
Beijing
cancelled§
Beijing
1st place, gold medalist(s)st
Kuala Lumpur
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)rd*
Kuala Lumpur
 
2nd place, silver medalist(s)nd
London
5th
London
5th
London
7th*
London
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)rd*
Paris
2nd place, silver medalist(s)nd
Cardiff
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)rd*
Cardiff
6th
Cardiff
6th
Bordeaux
 
10/10
118 pts

Bronze medal icon.svgrd [9]

9/9
150 pts

Silver medal icon.svgnd [10]

10/10
108 pts

5th [11]

7/7
66 pts

5th [12]

8/8
34 pts

8th [13]

 Notes:
* Shared placing (play-off matches for third were eventually introduced in 2012).
** Downgraded to non-series status in wake of September 11 attacks in 2001.
Mar del Plata hosted the Sevens World Cup instead of a leg in the 2001 series.
Tournament cancelled by IRB in response to government sanctions against Fiji.
§ Tournament cancelled due to concerns about the SARS outbreak in Asia in 2002.
IRB Sevens World Series
VI
04–05
VII
05–06
VIII
06–07
IX
07–08
X
08–09
 
7th*
Dubai
7th*
Dubai
7th*
Dubai
9th
Dubai
7th*
Dubai
9th
George
7th*
George
9th
George
11th*
George
10th
George
 
5th
Wellington
7th*
Wellington
11th*
Wellington
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)rd*
Wellington
11th*
Wellington
5th
Adelaide
7th*
Adelaide
6th
Adelaide
 
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)rd*
Los Angeles
7th*
Los Angeles
7th*
San Diego
12th
San Diego
9th
San Diego
 
 – 5th*
Hong Kong
5th*
Hong Kong
5th*
Hong Kong
5th*
Hong Kong
6th
Singapore
7th*
Singapore
 
6th
London
11th*
London
6th
London
9th
London
7th*
London
7th*
Paris
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)rd*
Paris
11th*
Edinburgh
9th
Edinburgh
6th
Edinburgh
 
7/7
42 pts

7th [14]

8/8
40 pts

8th [15]

8/8
32 pts

7th [16]

8/8
30 pts

8th [17]

8/8
30 pts

8th [18]

 Notes:
* Shared placing (play-off matches for third were eventually introduced in 2012).
Hong Kong hosted the Sevens World Cup instead of a leg in the 2005 series.




2010s[edit]

Summary for Series XI to XX
World Sevens Series
XI
09–10
XII
10–11
XIII
11–12
XIV
12–13
XV
13–14
 
5th
Dubai
6th
Dubai
5th
Dubai
15th*
Dubai
9th
Dubai
7th*
George
7th*
George
7th*
Port Elizabeth
9th
Port Elizabeth
10th
Port Elizabeth
 
5th
Wellington
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)rd*
Wellington
10th
Wellington
5th
Wellington
5th
Wellington
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)rd*
Adelaide
7th*
Adelaide
4th
Gold Coast
7th*
Gold Coast
2nd place, silver medalist(s)nd
Gold Coast
 
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)rd*
Las Vegas
7th*
Las Vegas
10th
Las Vegas
13th
Las Vegas
6th
Las Vegas
cancelled
Mar Del Plata
 
5th
Hong Kong
6th
Hong Kong
7th*
Hong Kong
7th*
Hong Kong
4th
Hong Kong
1st place, gold medalist(s)st
Tokyo
7th*
Tokyo
5th
Tokyo
 
1st place, gold medalist(s)st
London
6th
London
5th
London
2nd place, silver medalist(s)nd
London
2nd place, silver medalist(s)nd
London
2nd place, silver medalist(s)nd
Edinburgh
2nd place, silver medalist(s)nd
Edinburgh
5th
Glasgow
9th
Glasgow
7th*
Glasgow
 
8/8
122 pts

Bronze medal icon.svgrd [19]

8/8
80 pts

5th [20]

9/9
110 pts

6th [21]

9/9
89 pts

8th [22]

9/9
116 pts

5th [23]

 Notes:
* Shared placing (play-off matches for third were introduced in 2012).
Event cancelled due to demands on UAR joining The Rugby Championship.
World Rugby Sevens Series
XVI
14–15
XVII
15–16
XVIII
16–17
XIX
17–18
XX
18–19
XXI
19–20
 
2nd place, silver medalist(s)nd
Dubai
6th
Dubai
5th
Dubai
5th
Dubai
4th
Dubai
5th
Dubai
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)rd
Port Elizabeth
7th*
Cape Town
11th*
Cape Town
9th
Cape Town
7th*
Cape Town
12th
Cape Town
 
6th
Wellington
5th
Wellington
10th
Wellington
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)rd
Hamilton
7th*
Hamilton
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)rd
Hamilton
7th*
Gold Coast
2nd place, silver medalist(s)nd
Sydney
4th
Sydney
1st place, gold medalist(s)st
Sydney
6th
Sydney
6th
Sydney
 
5th
Las Vegas
2nd place, silver medalist(s)nd
Las Vegas
6th
Las Vegas
6th
Las Vegas
7th*
Las Vegas
4th
Los Angeles
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)rd
Vancouver
7th*
Vancouver
6th
Vancouver
9th
Vancouver
2nd place, silver medalist(s)nd
Vancouver
 
5th
Hong Kong
4th
Hong Kong
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)rd
Hong Kong
11th*
Hong Kong
11th*
Hong Kong
cancelled
Hong Kong
9th
Tokyo
7th*
Singapore
4th
Singapore
2nd place, silver medalist(s)nd
Singapore
7th*
Singapore
cancelled
Singapore
 
2nd place, silver medalist(s)nd
London
10th
London
6th
London
7th*
London
2nd place, silver medalist(s)nd
London
cancelled
London
7th*
Glasgow
6th
Paris
10th
Paris
11th*
Paris
11th*
Paris
cancelled
Paris
 
9/9
120 pts

5th [24]

10/10
134 pts

4th [25]

10/10
113 pts

6th [26]

10/10
123 pts

4th [27]

10/10
104 pts

7th

6/6[a]
81 pts

4th

 Notes:
* Shared placing (play-off matches for third were introduced in 2012).
Event cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Honours[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Previous teams and coaches[edit]

Player records[edit]

The following shows leading career Australia players based on statistics from the World Rugby Sevens Series. Players in bold are still active.

Tries scored[28]
No. Player Tries
1 Lewis Holland 114
2 Ed Jenkins 109
3 Peter Miller 107
4 Henry Hutchison 87
5 Pama Fou 80

Captains[edit]

Previous squads[edit]

The following is the Australia roster in the men's rugby sevens tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[33] Tom Kingston replaced injured Lewis Holland after he injured his hamstring on Day 1.[34]

Head coach: Andy Friend

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Events Points Union
1 FW Nick Malouf (1993-03-19)19 March 1993 (aged 23) 22 175 Australia University of Queensland
2 FW Jesse Parahi (1989-07-29)29 July 1989 (aged 27) 35 125 Australia Northern Suburbs
3 BK Henry Hutchison (1997-02-12)12 February 1997 (aged 19) 7 135 Australia Randwick
4 BK Lewis Holland (1993-01-14)14 January 1993 (aged 23) 31 469 Australia Queanbeyan Whites
5 BK James Stannard (1983-02-21)21 February 1983 (aged 33) 31 794 Australia Souths
6 FW Con Foley (1992-09-19)19 September 1992 (aged 23) 42 309 Australia University of Queensland
7 BK Cameron Clark (1993-03-20)20 March 1993 (aged 23) 30 632 Australia Northern Suburbs
8 FW Pat McCutcheon (1987-06-24)24 June 1987 (aged 29) 14 100 Australia Sydney University
9 FW Ed Jenkins (c) (1986-05-26)26 May 1986 (aged 30) 45 522 Australia Sydney University
10 FW Allan Fa'alava'au (1993-12-15)15 December 1993 (aged 22) 28 257 Australia Endeavour Hills
11 BK John Porch (1994-03-04)4 March 1994 (aged 22) 5 62 Australia Northern Suburbs
12 FW Tom Cusack (1993-03-01)1 March 1993 (aged 23) 15 60 Australia Canberra Royals
13 BK Tom Kingston (1991-06-19)19 June 1991 (aged 25) 9 45 Australia Sydney Stars

2013–14 Sevens World Series

Coaches[edit]

The current head coach is Tim Walsh, who took charge in April 2018.[38]

Name Tenure Ref
Tim Walsh 2018–present [38]
Jarred Hodges 2018 (interim) [29]
Andy Friend 2016–2018 [39]
Scott Bowen 2015–16 (interim) [40]
Tim Walsh 2015 (interim) [41]
Geraint John 2014–15
Michael O'Connor 2008–14 [42]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

^a Rugby Sevens was discontinued at the World Games after 2013 due to the sport returning to the Olympics in 2016.

References[edit]

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  28. ^ World Rugby website, current as of 15 March 2020
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  32. ^ "Ed Jenkins relinquishes Australia men's sevens captaincy". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. 26 October 2015. Archived from the original on 26 November 2016.
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  34. ^ Payten, Iain (10 August 2016). "Star playmaker Lewis Holland ruled out of remaining games as Aussie campaign derails". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  35. ^ Qantas Men's Sevens Squad Archived 6 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine
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  37. ^ IRB (16 July 2014). "Commonwealth Games Sevens squads: Latest". Archived from the original on 28 July 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  38. ^ a b "Aussie women lose coach to men". The Daily Examiner. Grafton. 19 March 2018. Archived from the original on 17 April 2018. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  39. ^ "Andy Friend appointed Qantas Australian Men's Sevens coach". ARU. 5 January 2016. Archived from the original on 5 January 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  40. ^ Men's Sevens finish seventh in Cape Town
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  42. ^ "ARU appoints Geraint John as new Qantas Men's Sevens Head Coach". Australian Rugby. 27 May 2014. Archived from the original on 26 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.

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