Cummins commits to Sevens

Date published: January 12 2016

Australia international Nick Cummins signalled his intent for the 2016 season, when he signed on for the Australian Men's Sevens programme on Tuesday.

Cummins, who has been plying his trade in Japan recently, is one of several 15-man internationals who have set themselves the goal of qualifying for the Olympics in Rio, later this year. 

The expectation is that Cummins will be available for selection during the final four legs of the Sevens World Series season, which might provide an opportunity for him to secure a plane ticket to Brazil. Significantly, he does have previous Sevens experience and has enjoyed relative success in the past.

"I'm keen as mustard to get this opportunity to play Sevens again. She's a big year, we all know why," Cummins told Australian journalists this week.

"To make the team, you've got to get on the burst and perform – and that's what I intend on doing," added Cummins, who had been plying his trade in Japan since the end of the World Cup.

Australian Sevens coach Andy Friend is delighted by the latest developments.

"Conversations between Nick and his management and the ARU have been ongoing for a while now but we're delighted to be able to bring him into the squad. He'll bring a wealth of knowledge into the squad and his previous experience in Sevens will stand him in good stead," added Friend.

"The fact he has signed for a large chunk of the Sevens World Series once he has fulfilled his obligations in Japan underlines his commitment to helping the team succeed in what is a huge year for Sevens in 2016," added Friend, who looks forward to challenges which will present themselves this year.