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Australia national rugby sevens team

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

Australia
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Founded1973; 46 years ago (1973)
Coach(es)Tim Walsh
Captain(s)Lewis Holland
Team kit
World Cup Sevens
Appearances7 (First in 1993)
Best resultRunner-up (1993, 2001)
Official website
www.rugby.com.au/teams/australian-mens-sevens
Australia vs Spain at the 2013 World Cup 7s

Rugby sevens is now recognised as an Olympic sport and made its debut in 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 in the Commonwealth Games.

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Team name Edit

Logo 2008–2017

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 recordEdit

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

Rugby World Cup SevensEdit

Rugby World Cup 7s
Year Round Position P W L D
  1993 Final   10 7 3 0
  1997 Quarterfinals  5 * 5 3 1 1
  2001 Final   8 7 1 0
  2005 Semifinals    * 7 5 2 0
  2009 Plate final 10 6 3 3 0
  2013 Quarterfinals  5 * 4 2 1 1
  2018 Challenge final 10 4 2 2 0
Total 0 Titles 7/7 44 29 13 2

World GamesEdit

World Games Rugby 7sa
Year Round Position P W L D
  2001 Final   6 5 1 0
  2005 Did not participate
  2009
  2013
Total 0 Titles 1/4 6 5 1 0

Olympic GamesEdit

Olympic Games Rugby 7s
Year Round Position P W L D
  2016 Quarterfinals  5 * 6 2 4 0
  2020 To be determined
Total 0 Titles 1/1 6 2 4 0

Commonwealth GamesEdit

Commonwealth Games 7s
Year Round Position P W L D
  1998 Third playoff   5 4 1 0
  2002 Quarterfinals  5 * 4 3 1 0
  2006 Third playoff 4 6 3 3 0
  2010 Final   6 4 2 0
  2014 Third playoff   6 5 1 0
  2018 Fifth playoff 5 5 4 1 0
  2022 Schedule to be confirmed
Total 0 Titles 6/6 32 23 9 0

Oceania SevensEdit

Oceania Rugby 7s
Year Round Position P W L D
  2008 Did not participate
  2009
  2010 Final   6 6 0 0
  2011 Third playoff 4 7 4 3 0
  2012 Final   6 6 0 0
  2013 Third playoff   6 4 2 0
  2014 Third playoff 4 6 4 2 0
  2015 Final   6 6 0 0
  2016 Third playoff   6 4 2 0
  2017 Semifinals    * 4 3 1 0
  2018 Third playoff 4 5 3 2 0
  2019 Scheduled 7–9 November 2019
Total 3 Titles 9/11 52 40 12 0

World Rugby Sevens SeriesEdit

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

2000sEdit

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
 rd*
Dubai
  no status** Dubai  rd*
Dubai
6th
Dubai
5th
Stellenbosch
 rd*
Durban
5th
Durban
 rd*
George
7th*
George
 
 rd*
Wellington
 st
Wellington
7th*
Wellington
 rd*
Wellington
10th
Wellington
 nd
Brisbane
cancelled Brisbane  st
Brisbane
5th
Brisbane
 rd*
Suva
 
5th
Punta del Este
7th*
Santiago
9th
Los Angeles
 rd*
Mar del Plata
 – 5th
Mar del Plata
 
 rd*
Hong Kong
 rd*
Hong Kong
5th*
Hong Kong
5th*
Hong Kong
5th*
Hong Kong
 rd*
Tokyo
 nd
Tokyo
 rd*
Singapore
cancelled §
Singapore
7th*
Singapore
 st
Shanghai
 rd*
Beijing
cancelled §
Beijing
 st
Kuala Lumpur
 rd*
Kuala Lumpur
 
 nd
London
5th
London
5th
London
7th*
London
 rd*
Paris
 nd
Cardiff
 rd*
Cardiff
6th
Cardiff
6th
Bordeaux
 
10/10
118 pts

 rd [9]

9/9
150 pts

 nd [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
 rd*
Wellington
11th*
Wellington
5th
Adelaide
7th*
Adelaide
6th
Adelaide
 
 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
 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.




2010sEdit

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
 rd*
Wellington
10th
Wellington
5th
Wellington
5th
Wellington
 rd*
Adelaide
7th*
Adelaide
4th
Gold Coast
7th*
Gold Coast
 nd
Gold Coast
 
 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
 st
Tokyo
7th*
Tokyo
5th
Tokyo
 
 st
London
6th
London
5th
London
 nd
London
 nd
London
 nd
Edinburgh
 nd
Edinburgh
5th
Glasgow
9th
Glasgow
7th*
Glasgow
 
8/8
122 pts

 rd [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
 
 nd
Dubai
6th
Dubai
5th
Dubai
5th
Dubai
4th
Dubai
 rd
Port Elizabeth
7th*
Cape Town
11th*
Cape Town
9th
Cape Town
7th*
Cape Town
 
6th
Wellington
5th
Wellington
10th
Wellington
 rd
Hamilton
7th*
Hamilton
7th*
Gold Coast
 nd
Sydney
4th
Sydney
 st
Sydney
6th
Sydney
 
5th
Las Vegas
 nd
Las Vegas
6th
Las Vegas
6th
Las Vegas
7th*
Las Vegas
 rd
Vancouver
7th*
Vancouver
6th
Vancouver
9th
Vancouver
 
5th
Hong Kong
4th
Hong Kong
 rd
Hong Kong
11th*
Hong Kong
11th*
Hong Kong
9th
Tokyo
7th*
Singapore
4th
Singapore
 nd
Singapore
7th*
Singapore
 
 nd
London
10th
London
6th
London
7th*
London
 nd
London
7th*
Glasgow
6th
Paris
10th
Paris
11th*
Paris
11th*
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

 Notes:
* Shared placing (play-off matches for third were introduced in 2012).
: World 7s component cancelled

HonoursEdit

Current squadEdit

Previous teams and coachesEdit

CoachesEdit

The current head coach is Tim Walsh, who took charge in April 2018.[28]

Name Tenure Ref
Tim Walsh 2018–present [28]
Jarred Hodges 2018  (interim) [29]
Andy Friend 2016–2018 [30]
Scott Bowen 2015–16 (interim) [31]
Tim Walsh 2015  (interim) [32]
Geraint John 2014–15
Michael O'Connor 2008–14 [33]

CaptainsEdit

Previous squadsEdit

The following is the Australia roster in the men's rugby sevens tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[37] Tom Kingston replaced injured Lewis Holland after he injured his hamstring on Day 1.[38]

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   University of Queensland
2 FW Jesse Parahi (1989-07-29)29 July 1989 (aged 27) 35 125   Northern Suburbs
3 BK Henry Hutchison (1997-02-12)12 February 1997 (aged 19) 7 135   Randwick
4 BK Lewis Holland (1993-01-14)14 January 1993 (aged 23) 31 469   Queanbeyan Whites
5 BK James Stannard (1983-02-21)21 February 1983 (aged 33) 31 794   Souths
6 FW Con Foley (1992-09-19)19 September 1992 (aged 23) 42 309   University of Queensland
7 BK Cameron Clark (1993-03-20)20 March 1993 (aged 23) 30 632   Northern Suburbs
8 FW Pat McCutcheon (1987-06-24)24 June 1987 (aged 29) 14 100   Sydney University
9 FW Ed Jenkins (c) (1986-05-26)26 May 1986 (aged 30) 45 522   Sydney University
10 FW Allan Fa'alava'au (1993-12-15)15 December 1993 (aged 22) 28 257   Endeavour Hills
11 BK John Porch (1994-03-04)4 March 1994 (aged 22) 5 62   Northern Suburbs
12 FW Tom Cusack (1993-03-01)1 March 1993 (aged 23) 15 60   Canberra Royals
13 BK Tom Kingston (1991-06-19)19 June 1991 (aged 25) 9 45   Sydney Stars

2013–14 Sevens World Series

2010–11 Sevens World Series

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

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