Holland to help Walsh in Singapore

Mens - Singapore
by Sam Phillips

New Australian Men's Sevens coach Tim Walsh will be aided by injured captain Lewis Holland as he takes charge of the side for the first time at the Singapore 7s.

Walsh has made two changes to the Australian squad ahead of his first World Series leg in charge but the presence of Holland is constant, as he works his way back from a hamstring injury.

Holland's off field stature within the squad is a big part of that and on field, he is an integral part of the side's structure.

Having only finished his tenure as Australian Women's Sevens coach at the Commonwealth Games, Holland's presence is invaluable.

"He's a huge advantage for the team but selfishly it was more for me," Walsh said of bringing Holland to Singapore.

"Just to help with the transition - having in depth chats with Lewi and the rest of the leaders.Holland is a fixture in the Australian squad. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart Walmsley"Lewi has great knowledge and understanding about this team and he certainly drives a lot of the different plays and structures.

"To have him here gives me a better understanding of what the team is all about.

"It's part of the transition for me and secondary, having him here is just a benefit for the team."

While Holland will long be a constant in the Australian fold, Walsh will shape this squad in his own mould over the coming months.

For now, he has brought in Jeral Skelton and Lachie Miller, a pair that have made their World Series debuts this season.Walsh has taken charge of the Australian men in Singapore. Photo: Rugby AU Media"They are very experienced and there are some core players there that really hold it together," Walsh said of the squad.

"But we are also looking to the future as well to make sure we have some strong depth within the squad."

Miller made his debut less than a month ago, in Hong Kong, and immediately impressed.

"He's a tough kid, he's agile and I thought he had a really good debut in Hong Kong," Walsh said.

"He played some good minutes and added a little bit of a point of difference - both with his footwork and also his versatility.

"He's ready and I think he will fit in nicely."

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