July 24, 2021
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Australia gunning for first Olympic gold

The Australian men's 7s team prepare to compete in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics Games with their campaign against Argentina.

The side is gunning for their first Olympic medal with a whole experienced and young squad.

Making their debut in Rio, the men's side were knocked out in the quarter-finals by South Africa, eventually finishing eighth.

With Olympic-winning coach Tim Walsh at the helm, they will be looking to replicate the efforts of the women's side as they push for silverware.

The men's Sevens side have been drawn in Pool A and will kick off their tournament against Argentina on Monday, July 26 at 11:30 am.

They will clash against the Republic of Korea, slated for 7:00 pm.

Their group stage matches will be rounded out #against defending World Series champions New Zealand on Tuesday, July 27 at 11:30 am.

Nick Malouf steps up as one of the most experienced players in the setup, just one of three (Hutchison, Holland) with Olympic experience.

Malouf made his international sevens debut at the 2012 Dubai World Series tournament and has been a mainstay of the team for the best part of a decade.

He would have learnt plenty from their disappointing defeat in Rio and will be full of motivation to lead his side to the podium.

There aren't many players in the world who are as exciting to watch as Maurice Longbottom when he is in form.

The fast-footed 26-year-old has set the Sevens circuit on fire since making his debut in 2017 with his blistering pace and fancy footwork.

Longbottom has the capability to turn the momentum of a game on his head and Australia needs to find ways to get him involved if they wish to go far.

Fijian Wallaby Samu Kerevi returned from Japan with one goal in mind that is push for Olympic selection reports rugby.com.au.

Whilst he left it late, the barnstorming Centre has impressed coach Tim Walsh both on and off the field with his commitment and dedication to the code switch.

Given his statue, he will likely be used as an impact sub, however, his big game experience, knowledge of Japanese Rugby and brutal running style will be invaluable to this side.

Australia 7s: Lachlan Anderson, Joe Pincus, Dylan Pietsch, Nicholas Malouf (c), Nathan Lawson, Maurice Longbottom, Joshua Coward, Joshua Turner, Lachlan Miller, Samu Kerevi, Dietrich Roache, Henry Hutchison, Lewis Holland

By Romeka Romena  

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