Australia have used a lot of players in their sevens teams over the last 3 years. In fact, Australia have always had a high turnover of players ever since the IRB World Sevens Series began.
Australian Super Rugby teams regularly contract players from their national sevens ranks. It doesn’t seem to take long for prominent names to move on.
It seems that many from their Commonwealth Games team were only just becoming established on the sevens circuit when they moved on.
There are only 3 players are left from the last Australia team to have won an IRB World Sevens Series event in London in 2010.
What it means is that coach Michael O’Connor does a wonderful job of getting young Australian rugby players up to speed – to instil the toughness, belief and team cohesion required to win an event.
A week earlier in Hong Kong, Australia were beaten in the last seconds of their quarter final by a run away try from the Series fastest man, Dan Norton of England. The Australians were on attack and had England pinned down int heir own 22 but Norton got away out wide ont the left and any Cup aspirations went with him.
Australia looked competent but they were still a little raw, making errors on defense and the occasional bad decisions on attack.
6 days later on Day#1 in Tokyo, they won their first 2 pool games but lost to New Zealand 22-10 in their last match.
But the team regrouped on Day#2 and beat Wales (21-14), England (33-12) and Samoa (28-26) in an epic final – just one week after being put out at the Plate semi-finals stage in Hong Kong.
Congratulations are due.
|2010 Commonwealth Games Team||2010 London Sevens winning team||2012 Tokyo Sevens Winners|