Skipper Holland ruled out of Commonwealth Games

Photo: J.B Photography

The Australian Men’s Sevens side has been dealt a blow ahead of the Commonwealth Games with the news that skipper Lewis Holland has been ruled out with a hamstring injury. Holland will be out of action for two months after damaging his leg in the most recent World Series event in Vancouver, where the Aussies finished sixth.

Gordon winger Brandon Quinn steps into the 13-man squad in his place, while veteran James Stannard assumes the captaincy role.

“It’s obviously hugely disappointing to miss the Commonwealth Games, especially one on home soil. But I’m still really confident the lads can go all the way and win Gold,” said Holland.

“Quinny (Brandon) has been playing really well lately and he knows his role really well. We’ve been building over the past two years and this tournament was earmarked a while ago. The lads love playing in front of a home crowd and always rise to the occasion.”

Australian Men’s Sevens squad for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games:
Lachlan Anderson*, 13 caps, Eastwood NSW
Timothy Anstee*, 16 caps, Eastwood NSW
Thomas Connor*, 4 caps, Warringah NSW
Boyd Killingworth*, 16 caps, Warringah NSW
Maurice Longbottom*, 4 caps, Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team
Thomas Lucas, 23 caps, Sunnybank QLD
Samuel Myers, 32 caps, Norths NSW
Benjamin O’Donnell*, 6 caps, Randwick NSW
Jesse Parahi, 39 caps, Norths NSW
John Porch*, 15 caps, Norths NSW
Brandon Quinn*, 6 caps, Gordon NSW
James Stannard (c), 47 caps, Souths QLD
Charlie Taylor*, 11 caps, Manly NSW
*Commonwealth Games debut

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