Holland re-signs with Sevens until 2020

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by Beth Newman in Japan

Aussie Sevens skipper Lewis Holland is keen to close off some 'unfinished business' after re-signing through to the end of 2020.

Holland has battled injuries through his career, with his 2016 Rio Olympics campaign cut short and a hamstring injury ending his 2018 Commonwealth Games chances, but has proven himself to be close to the side's most valuable players when fit.

The playmaker, who led the side to its first Cup win in six seasons at the Sydney 7s this year, said it was an easy decision to stick with Sevens with plenty more to achieve.

“I didn’t really ever seriously consider leaving this group and the game of Sevens," he said.

“It’s got so much to offer and I feel like I have a bit of unfinished business too.

"The group has been really focused on the World Cup for a while now, and then it won’t be long before the next World Series rolls around and we get stuck in again.

Lewis Holland is keen to be back on the park. Photo: RUGBY.com.au“Walshy (coach Tim Walsh) and I have a clear vision for where we want to take this squad and I know we have to talent to achieve those goals."

Men's coach Tim Walsh said Holland was an invaluable part of his plans going forward.

“Lewis is one of those rare leaders who leads with authentic and meaningful words and inspiring actions," he said.

“You see it on the field when he takes charges, he makes the big play happen and the whole team gets a lift by being alongside him.

“Lewis is another big piece of the puzzle for this team.

"We obviously have big ambitions for the World Cup in San Francisco but also one eye on establishing ourselves on the podium on the World Series."

The Rugby World Cup Sevens kicks off on Friday July 20, running until Sunday July 22.