Sevens core strength: Australia profile

(IRB.COM) Thursday 10 November 2011
 Sevens core strength: Australia profile
Last season's Bernard Foley has joined the ranks of Australians to have used the Sevens as a springboard to Super Rugby

All records and data correct at the beginning of the HSBC Sevens World Series 2011/12.

Tournaments: 100
World Series debut: 1999/00 (Series 1) - Dubai
2010/11 Series: 6th

Cup Finals: 11
Cup titles: 5

Played: 538
Won: 339
Lost: 192
Drawn: 7

Pts scored: 12293
Pts conceded: 7441

Highest Score: 73-0 v MALAYSIA (2000/01, Tokyo)
Widest Margin: 73-0 v MALAYSIA (2000/01, Tokyo)
Heaviest Defeat: 5-49 v FIJI (2004/05, Paris)

Coach: Michael O'Connor
A dual-code international in union and league for Australia, O'Connor is a true legend of the game. He played for the Wallabies in 13 tests from 1979 to 1982 and then the Kangaroos in 17 tests from 1985 to 1990. Since hanging up his boots, O'Connor has put his experience to good use, working in talent identification for the Australian Rugby Union and now bringing all of that expertise and knowledge into the Sevens spectrum. Since taking over as coach of Australia's Sevens team, O'Connor has injected a new purpose and dimension into their programme, gaining the crucial backing of Robbie Deans and guiding them to a first Cup title on the World Series since 2002 (in London in 2010) and also a Commonwealth Games silver medal.

Star watch: Ed Jenkins
The most experienced Australian in the youthful 2011/12 Sevens squad. Last year’s vice-captain Ed Jenkins has been an integral part of the Green and Gold since making his debut in 2007. A member of the winning London Sevens squad in 2010 and also the Australian Commonwealth Games Silver Medal side Jenkins has fast become one of the most reliable senior players for Australia. At 98 kilograms Jenkins is one of the fastest and most physical Aussies to have played the shortened form of the game. A former member of the NSW Waratahs Academy, he also spent 2009 in New Zealand’s ‘NPC’ with Taranaki before returning to his long-time club Sydney University to win the 2010 Shute Shield.