Australia national rugby sevens team

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This article is about the men's team. For the women's team, see Australia women's national rugby sevens team. For the rugby sevens tournament sometimes called the "Australian Sevens", see Australian Sevens.
Australia
AusSevensRugby.jpg
Founded 1973
Coach(es) Andy Friend
Captain(s) Ed Jenkins
Team kit
World Cup Sevens
Appearances 6 (First in 1993)
Best result Runner-up (1993, 2001)
Australia vs Spain at the 2013 World Cup 7s

The Australia national rugby sevens team represents Australia at international rugby sevens competitions such as the Sevens World Series and Rugby World Cup Sevens. The current captain of the team is Ed Jenkins, and the head coach is Andy Friend.

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

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

Team name [edit]

The national sevens side is known as Australia and, 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]

A red box around the year indicates tournaments played within Australia
* asterisk indicates a shared placing

Rugby World Cup Sevens results[edit]

Rugby World Cup Sevens
Year Round Position Pld W L D
Scotland 1993 Final 2nd 10 7 3 0
Hong Kong 1997 Quarterfinals  5 * 5 3 1 1
Argentina 2001 Final 2nd 8 7 1 0
Hong Kong 2005 Semifinals  3rd * 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 Schedule to be confirmed
Total 0 Titles 6/6 40 27 11 2

Commonwealth Games results[edit]

Commonwealth Games
Year Round Position Pld W L D
Malaysia 1998[9] Third playoff 3rd 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 6 4 2 0
Scotland 2014 Third playoff 3rd 6 5 1 0
Australia 2018 Hosts
Total 0 Titles 5/5 27 19 8 0

World Games results[edit]

World Gamesa
Year Round Position Pld W L D
Japan 2001[10] Final 2nd 6 5 1 0
Germany 2005 Did not participate
Chinese Taipei 2009
Colombia 2013
Total 0 Titles 1/4 6 5 1 0

Summer Olympics results[edit]

Olympics Games
Year Round Position Pld W L D
Brazil 2016 Qualified
Total 0 Titles 0/0 - - - -

Oceania Sevens results[edit]

Oceania Sevens
Year Round Position Pld W L D
Samoa 2008 Did not participate
French Polynesia 2009
Australia 2010 Final 1st 6 6 0 0
Samoa 2011 Third playoff 4 7 4 3 0
Australia 2012 Final 1st 6 6 0 0
Fiji 2013 Third playoff 3rd 6 4 2 0
Australia 2014 Third playoff 4 6 4 2 0
New Zealand 2015 Final 1st 6 6 0 0
Total 3 Titles 6/8 37 30 7 0

Sevens World Series[edit]

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

2000s[edit]

2010s[edit]

Honours[edit]

Current squad[edit]

2016 Summer Olympics Squad:[28]

Previous squads[edit]

2014 Commonwealth Games[edit]

Squad announced July 2014:[31]

Player Position Club
Ed Jenkins Forward Sydney University
Tom Cusack Forward Canberra Royals
Jesse Parahi Forward Northern Suburbs
Sean McMahon Forward Endeavour Hills
Sam Myers Forward Northern Suburbs
Liam Gill Forward Sunnybank
Con Foley Back University of Queensland
Tom Lucas Back Sunnybank
James Stannard Back Souths
Cameron Clark Back Northern Suburbs
Pama Fou Back Souths
Greg Jeloudev Back Sydney University

2013–14 Sevens World Series[edit]

2010–11 Sevens World Series[edit]

2010 Commonwealth Games[edit]

Coaches[edit]

The current head coach is Andy Friend who was appointed in January 2016.[32]

Name Nationality Tenure Ref
Andy Friend Australia 2016– [32]
Scott Bowen Australia 2015–16 (interim) [33]
Tim Walsh Australia 2015  (interim) [34]
Geraint John Wales 2014–15
Michael O'Connor Australia 2008–13 [35]

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]

  1. ^ a b Matt Rowley (10 May 2016). "Podcast 209: 7s Masterclass with Andy Friend". Green and Gold Rugby (Podcast). Event occurs at 18:38 to 19:26. Archived from the original on 16 May 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Aussie men in rugby seven's heaven
  3. ^ Spiro Zavos (6 February 2012). "How the Australian Sevens side can live up to its ‘Aussie Thunderbolts’ nickname". The Roar. 
  4. ^ "Aussie Thunderbolts Win Plate Final In Fiji". Australian Rugby. 21 January 2013. Archived from the original on 16 May 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Thomas in the Wallaroos". The Canberra Times. 11 March 1976. p. 24. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "Football Conference". The Sydney Mail. 27 June 1874. p.182 col.1–2. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "Youngsters may get Hong Kong chance". The Canberra Times. 11 March 1994. p. 28. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  8. ^ Growden, Greg (25 February 1995). "Mix-up in dates presents a poser for Ella". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax). Archived from the original on 16 May 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  9. ^ Match Archive - Kuala Lumpur 1998. UR7s.
  10. ^ "World Games VI - Akita, Japan.". Rugby7.com. 2001. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  11. ^ "2000 IRB Sevens Standings". Rugby7. 
  12. ^ "2001 IRB Sevens Standings". Rugby7. 
  13. ^ "2002 IRB Sevens Standings". Rugby7. 
  14. ^ "2003 IRB Sevens Standings". Rugby7. 
  15. ^ "2004 IRB Sevens Standings". Rugby7. 
  16. ^ "2005 IRB Sevens Standings". Rugby7. 
  17. ^ "2006 IRB Sevens Standings". Rugby7. 
  18. ^ "2007 IRB Sevens Standings". Rugby7. 
  19. ^ "2008 IRB Sevens Standings". Rugby7. 
  20. ^ "2009 IRB Sevens Standings". Rugby7. 
  21. ^ "2010 IRB Sevens Standings". Rugby7. 
  22. ^ "2011 IRB Sevens Standings". Rugby7. 
  23. ^ "2012 IRB Sevens Standings". Rugby7. 
  24. ^ "2013 IRB Sevens Standings". Rugby7. 
  25. ^ "2014 IRB Sevens Standings". Rugby7. 
  26. ^ "2015 IRB Sevens Standings". Rugby7. 
  27. ^ "2016 IRB Sevens Standings". Rugby7. 
  28. ^ worldrugby.org. "Key players return as Australia name Olympic sevens squads". Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  29. ^ Qantas Men's Sevens Squad
  30. ^ "Qantas Men's Sevens Squad". Australian Rugby. 2015. Archived from the original on 6 February 2015. 
  31. ^ IRB (16 July 2014). "Commonwealth Games Sevens squads: Latest". Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  32. ^ a b "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. 
  33. ^ Men's Sevens finish seventh in Cape Town
  34. ^ Browning, Jennifer (7 September 2015). "Australia's men's rugby sevens coach confident of qualifying for Rio Olympics despite upheaval". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 8 September 2015. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  35. ^ "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.