Australian Men’s Rugby Sevens side have suffered a blow when skipper Lewis Holland cannot take part in the Commonwealth Games next month.
That comes after scans revealed the severity of his hamstring injury today.
Brandon Quinn comes in for Lewis Holland
Rugby Australia immediately called Brandon Quinn in as Holland’s replacement in the 13-man squad while James Stannard will lead the side on the Gold Coast.
”It’s still obviously disappointing to miss out the Commonwealth Games especially one on home soil, but I’m still really confident that the lads can go all the way and win gold,” Holland said.
”I’ll do everything I can now to help the boys, so I’m okay with filling up the water bottles or helping carry the bags.”
”Quinny (Brandon) has been playing well lately, and he knows his role very well. We’ve been building over the past two years, and this tournament was embarked a while ago. The lads love playing in front of a home crowd and always rise to the occasion,” Holland said.
The Australian Men’s Sevens squad will travel to Sydney for a warm-up game v New Zealand before they head to the Gold Coast in search of winning the gold medal for the Aussies.
Brandon Quinn’s HSBC Sevens World Series stats
- Ten matches
- 15 points scored
- Three tries
- Average of 1.50 per match
- One yellow card
- 32 caps
- 25 points scored
- Five tries
- Average of 0.78 per match
- One yellow card
If you don’t know who Brandon Quinn is, he’s a utility back who excels with a tremendous amount of pace in the wing positions.
He currently plays for Gordon in the NSW Shute Shield competition and contributed the Australian Universities side that won the World University Games in Swansea, Wales last year.
Andy Friend, who will vacate the Men’s head coach role at the end of June, has seen more than enough qualities of Quinn’s talents.
From there, he played a from series of trial games in Narrabeen to making appearances in the Oceania and World Sevens Series circuit.
Brandon Quinn is the man to watch when it comes to finding pace towards the goal line at this Commonwealth Games.
- Lachlan Anderson*, 13 caps, Eastwood NSW
- Timothy Anstee*, 16 caps, Eastwood NSW
- Thomas Connor*, four caps, Eastwood NSW
- Brandon Quinn*, 6 caps, Eastwood NSW
- Boyd Killingworth*, 16 caps, Warringah NSW
- Maurice Longbottom*, four caps, Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team
- Thomas Lucas, 23 caps, Sunnybank QLD
- Samuel Myers, 32 caps, Norths NSW
- Benjamin O’Donnell*, six caps, Randwick NSW
- Jesse Parahi, 39 caps, Norths NSW
- John Porch*, 15 caps, Norths NSW
- James Stannard (Captain), 47 caps, Souths QLD
- Charlie Taylor*, 11 caps, Manly NSW
*Will make their debut at the Commonwealth Games
Games on Saturday, 14 April
- Australia v Samoa, Pool B (Morning)
- Australia v Jamaica, Pool B (Morning)
- Australia v England, Pool B (Evening)
Should Australia qualify from the Pool matches, semi-finals, and the Gold and Bronze medal matches will play on Sunday, 15 April.
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