The Australian Men’s Sevens team have signed young Queensland forward Conor Mitchell for the 2016-17 World Rugby Sevens Series.
Mitchell has already had a taste of Sevens World Series action, debuting in Vancouver earlier this year, as an inclusion from outside the contracted squad.
Head coach Andy Friend was thrilled with to have Mitchell join the squad on a full time basis.
“Conor has already impressed in the Australian colours with his Captaincy of the Australian University Sevens Team at the World University Games in 2016 where the side claimed the Gold Medal,” he said.
“The World Series is crucial for us, as we look to build more depth and become a regular top four team on the world stage and we are looking forward to the challenge.”
Mitchell has impressed this season in the Buildcorp NRC, was a standout in some Sevens development games before the Olympics and is moving to Sydney to join the Sevens squad.
Queensland Country head coach Toutai Kefu said Mitchell’s development was an example of what the NRC can do for up and coming players.
“The purpose of the NRC is to further develop players and provide them with opportunities at the highest levels and Conor is deserving of a chance to test himself at the next level having been one of our most consistent performers,” he said.
The Australian Sevens team will kick off their World Sevens Series campaign at the Dubai Sevens on December 4.