Rugby Sevens Tokyo OIympic Games 2020: Australian men’s team and tournament preview | Latest rugby news
The Australian men’s rugby sevens team will be aiming for their first Olympic medal as they prepare to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Making their debut in Rio, the men’s team were eliminated in the quarterfinals by South Africa, ultimately finishing eighth.
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With Olympic coach Tim Walsh at the helm, they will look to replicate the efforts of the women’s team as they push for silverware.
The Sevens men’s team have been drawn in Pool A and will kick off their tournament against Argentina on Monday July 26 at 11:30 am (AEST)
This will be followed in the evening by a clash with the Republic of Korea, scheduled for 19:00 (AEST).
Their group stage matches will be complemented by a grudge match against defending World Series champions New Zealand on Tuesday, July 27 at 11:30 a.m.
If they manage to finish in the top two or one of the top two third places, they will advance to the quarter-finals.
A first place in the group would likely result in a clash with the United States or Ireland, while second place would likely result in a 2016 rematch against South Africa.
Meanwhile, finishing third would mean they would face the winners of Pools A or B, possibly New Zealand or Fiji.
AUSTRALIA MEN’S SEVENS PROGRAM
Pool A: Australia vs Argentina, Monday July 26 at 11:30 am (AEST)
Pool A: Australia vs Republic of Korea, Monday July 26 at 7:30 p.m. (AEST)
Pool A: Australia vs New Zealand, Tuesday July 27 at 11:30 am (AEST)
- Lachlan anderson
- Joe pincus
- Dylan pietsch
- Nicolas Malouf (c)
- Nathan Lawson * ^
- Maurice Longbottom
- Joshua coward
- Joshua Turner
- Lachlan miller
- Samu Kerevi *
- Dietrich’s cockroach *
- Henri hutchison
- Lewis Holland
* Indicates a beginner in Sevens
^ Nathan Lawson was replacing Henry Paterson on injury.
Nick Malouf becomes one of the most experienced players in the setup, one of three (Hutchison, Holland) with Olympic experience.
Malouf made his international debut at seven at the 2012 Dubai World Series tournament and has been a mainstay of the team for most of a decade.
He would have learned a lot from their disappointing loss in Rio and will be full of motivation to lead his team to the podium.
THE X FACTOR
There aren’t many players in the world as exciting to watch as Maurice Longbottom when he’s in good shape.
The fast-walking 26-year-old has ignited the Sevens Tour since his debut in 2017 with his breakneck pace and sophisticated footwork.
Longbottom has the ability to turn the momentum around in a game and Australia must find ways to involve that if they are to go far.
Samu Kerevi returned from Japan with one goal in mind: to lobby for the Olympic selection.
Although he left late, the barnstorming center has impressed coach Tim Walsh on and off the pitch with his commitment and dedication to changing the code.
Considering his statue, he will likely be used as an impact submarine, however, his big game experience, knowledge of Japanese rugby, and brutal racing style will be invaluable on that side.
Rio 2016: Fifth (loss to Fiji in QF)
Tokyo seedlings: First
The last time we played: New Zealand 17-5 Australia (Oceania Sevens, Jun 2021)
A nation with which Australia is more than familiar, New Zealand is emerging as the favorite to win gold on the men’s side of the event.
As reigning World Sevens, Commonwealth and World Cup champions, the All Blacks Sevens will be highly motivated to complete that quad crown with Olympic gold.
As always, they’ve named an impressive squad led by co-captains Tim Mikkelson and Scott Curry, with young Chiefs cannon Etene Nanai-Seturo ready to light up the shortened format.
Rio 2016: Sixth (defeat against GB in the QF)
Tokyo seedlings: Seventh
The last time we played: Australia 38 – 7 Argentina (Hamilton 2020)
Argentina enter the tournament seeking to build on their impressive performance in Rio, narrowly beaten by extra time by finalist Great Britain.
On their way to sixth place they would go on and beat Australia 26-21 which would provide additional motivation for the Australians.
Matias Osadczuk is emerging as a major threat for ‘Los Pumas’, the 24-year-old leading his 2020 try scorers.
REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Rio 2016: N / A
Tokyo seedlings: Tenth
The last time we played: Australia 52 – 0 Republic of Korea (Hong Kong 2017)
Korea will make their rugby sevens debut at the Tokyo Games and won’t be easy to beat.
They advanced to the tournament thanks to a last-minute effort from outfielder Jang Jeongmin in overtime against Hong Kong.
Jeongmin and the rest of the team will look to cause a major upheaval as they enter with nothing to lose.
While Australia and New Zealand are expected to be two of the main contenders for medals at the Tokyo Sevens Olympic Games, many nations are pushing to argue.
Rio 2016: Gold (Go undone)
Tokyo seedlings: Second
The last time we played: Fiji 19-7 Australia (Oceania Sevens, Jun 2021)
Fiji will look to support their efforts from 2016 as they aim to defend their gold medals.
They enter the tournament in great shape, having won the Oceania Sevens tournament against New Zealand and Australia.
Male player of the decade to seven Jerry Tuwai will once again be captain of a talented team, including offensive center Semi Radradra.
Rio 2016: Bronze (defeated japan)
Tokyo seedlings: The third
The last time we played: South Africa 19-17 Australia (Paris, 2019)
South Africa will be full of confidence after their impressive performance in 2020, winning tournaments in Dubai and Los Angeles.
Despite facing an ongoing COVID outbreak that has isolated their coach, they remain confident they will do better in 2021 as they seek a final appearance.
With Cheslin Kolbe and Kwagga Smith graduating from their 2016 squad, JC Pretorius will be looking to make a similar effort after impressing since joining the program.
Rio 2016: Silver (defeated by Fiji)
Tokyo seedlings: Fifth
The last time we played: N / A
Having missed out on gold in 2016, Britain is hoping to do better in 2021.
Their squad is made up of a host of English and Scottish stars and they will have a chance for revenge on ’16 when they face Fiji on Matchday 2 of the group stage.
Immortal Dan Norton will once again be their main threat while captain Tom Mitchell remains a threat every time he touches the ball.
Rio 2016: Ninth
Tokyo seedlings: Fourth
The last time we played: Australia 29 – 7 United States (Canada, 2020)
The United States continues to emerge as a real threat to the Sevens as they push for Olympic silverware.
Throughout 2020, Australia and the United States traded dominant victories as America defeated the hosts in the Sydney event before the Australians took revenge at the event in Canada before. closing the circuit.
Carlin Isles has not lost a stage and remains one of the fastest players on the circuit while Perry Baker will seek Olympic glory in what could be his last Olympics.