Western Force XVs player Rod Davies has joined the Australia sevens squad, signing a two year deal ahead of the 2019-20 HSBC World Sevens Series.
Although he suffered an ankle injury, the 30-year old speedster impressed head coach Tim Walsh in his debut on the world series in the Vancouver leg last season.
Davies who is nicknamed “Rocket Rod” owing to his lightning speed is looking forward to his new assignment, hoping to help Australia qualify for the 2020 Olympic games.
On its website Rugby Australia quoted Davies as saying: “It was a good opportunity to have a crack at a different format of the game and I’m really looking forward to it.
“The experience I had with the Sevens was definitely a great experience. I like what Tim Walsh is about and what he is trying to build with the team.
“It’s a young team, although I am inexperienced with sevens, I have been around rugby for a long time so I can bring some experience to the squad.
“One of my goals is to help this team qualify for the Olympics and to put on a jersey at an Olympic game would be very special to me.
“Anytime you get to put an Australian jersey on at any level it’s always an honour and if I get the chance in the future, I’ll take it with both hands.”
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Walsh signs Davies with a view to bolster the squad with his wealth of experience and speed ahead of the Olympic qualifiers and next season’s world series campaign.
Speaking to Rugby Australia he said: “Rod has a professional maturity and ruthless edge in the way he applies his trade. As an experienced rugby player he will bolster our depth in speed and mental toughness as we continue to build ahead of our Olympic qualification.
“Davies has shown throughout his time that he is a class player and we saw a brief glimpse of that this season in Canada when he debuted in the Aussie sevens gold jersey.
“Rod’s commitment to the programme for the next two seasons shows that he is committed to the Australian sevens program and jersey and I know the squad is looking forward to having him back.”
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