James Stannard
Position Back
Date of birth 21 February 1983
Height 173cm
Weight 82kg
Debut Wellington, New Zealand - 2010
Caps 41

Biography

Hometown: Sydney, NSW

Cult-figure James Stannard became the leading Australian points scorer in World Series history when he overtook Peter Miller's tally of 631 in Wellington in January 2016. 
Stannard was a member of the Australian side that won a Silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India and captained the side that won the London Sevens at Twickenham in the same year. 

After leaving Australian shores to take up a contract in Japan in 2012, Stannard returned to his homeland and quickly expressed interest in returning to the fast-paced Sevens environment. In March 2013 he was named in the squad for tournaments in Hong Kong and Tokyo and then went on to play in Glasgow and London. He also played in the Gold Coast, Dubai and South Africa meetings in 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series, before returning to the squad for the Twickenham leg - helping the side reach the Cup Final.

Stannard made one of the most memorable plays in Australian Sevens history at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014, despite being outnumbered three-to-one he stopped a try that would have sent his country spinning out of the tournament in the Cup Quarter-Finals. Stannard played at the Rio 2016 Olympics. In a rebuilding season for the Aussie Sevens side, Stannard was the rock that helped the younger players in the team develop and build into Sevens.

Stannard's leadership in the absence of Ed Jenkins and Lewis Holland for parts of the season was nothing short of brave as he helped the younger players in the team in representing Australia. Such was this commitment to the cause in one match he lost a tooth and attempted to play on by handing it to the referee for safe keeping. Stannard was honoured with the Shaun Mackay Award for being the best Sevens player in the Aussie Sevens at the Rugby Australia Awards in 2017.