Holland picks Aussies Sevens over Super Rugby
TRANSFER NEWS: Australian Sevens captain Lewis Holland has committed to the Sevens program, despite numerous interest from Super Rugby franchises.
Holland signed a new long-term deal that will see him remain with the Sevens program until the end of 2020.
The 25-year old playmaker weighed up interest from Australian Super Rugby sides before re-signing for Tim Walsh’s side.
Holland has endured a frustrating run with injuries after missing the 2018 Commonwealth Games because of a hamstring injury but will skipper Australia at this month’s Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco.
Holland is a veteran of 40 caps including the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the last Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2013 in Moscow, Russia, where Australia finished in fifth place.
Australian Sevens captain Lewis Holland said: “I didn’t really ever seriously consider leaving this group and the game of Sevens.
“It’s got so much to offer and I feel like I have a bit of unfinished business too. The group has been really focused on the World Cup for a while now, and then it won’t be long before the next World Series rolls around and we get stuck in again.
“Walshy and I have a clear vision for where we want to take this squad and I know we have to talent to achieve those goals,” Holland said.
Australian Sevens coach Tim Walsh said: “Lewis is one of those rare leaders who leads with authentic and meaningful words as well as inspiring actions.
“You see it on the field when he takes charges, he makes the big play happen and the whole team gets a lift by being alongside him.
“Lewis is another big piece of the puzzle for this team. We obviously have big ambitions for the World Cup in San Francisco but also one eye on establishing ourselves on the podium on the World Series,” Walsh said.
Australia kick off their World Cup Sevens campaign at AT&T Park in San Francisco against the winner of France and next Friday, July 20, with the winner progressing through to the Championship Quarter-Finals.
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