Tough road to Rio for two Aussie Sevens stars

by Staff Writer

The Australian Men’s Sevens team have touched down in Rio and while the reality of their challenge sets in, some are simply grateful their Olympic dream got off the ground.

Lewis Holland, 23, returned to the field just two weeks ago after recovering from an ankle injury he received in the Hong Kong leg of the World Series back in March.

The Canberra product was over the moon after being given the good news by coach Andy Friend.

“It’s so exciting to be going and it’s just a bit of relief as well,” he said.

“I had a little bit of time on my side which was good.

“I’ve got a bit of confidence back, hopefully it all goes well and I’ll hit the ground running in Rio.”

Holland is also thankful fellow Sevens star Nick Malouf is on his way to Brazil.

The 22-year-old's Olympic quest almost over when medical staff thought he had ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament for the second time in twelve months.

However, he only required a minor surgery, ironically on the same day as the team announcement.

“He’s been told the best news in his life, to the worst news in his life and back to the best news,” Holland said.

“He’s pushed really hard and we gain a lot out of him in a team perspective.

“He’s always positive regardless of the result and he always puts his best forward for the team.”

The Olympic men’s Sevens competition starts on August 10, with Australia kicking off the competition against France.

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