Wallabies wing joins sevens
NEWS: Wallabies wing Jack Maddocks has been drafted into Australia’s Sevens squad for a tournament in Germany, but remains on standby for the World Cup in Japan, officials said on Sunday.
The Melbourne Rebels flyer narrowly missed out on making the Wallabies 31-man World Cup squad but has been training with them at their camp in Odawara and will remain on call as injury cover.
“Obviously, the ambition is to be playing the World Cup but at the moment that’s not the go, so really good opportunity to go have a crack at Sevens,” said Maddocks, who will feature at the Munich Sevens next weekend.
He is hoping his stint in Germany will extend to the Oceania Olympic qualifying tournament in Fiji in November before returning to the Rebels for the build-up to the 2020 Super Rugby season.
Sevens Head Coach Tim Walsh said: “We’re really excited about doubling the Maddock’s boys in our squad.
“Jack is a quality athlete and an amazing Rugby player; He can run, leap, jump, weave and is a competitor, which is exactly the kind of player we want in the Australian Sevens Squad.
“Will has been no slouch either and continues to smash records in the team with his speed and fitness, so to welcome Jack is going to enhance our environment.
“I’m grateful to Dave Wessels and the Melbourne Rebels for releasing Jack for this exciting period and I know training in our program will enhance Jack as a Rugby player.”
Australia won the inaugural edition of the Munich Sevens in 2017.
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