Hoiles confirmed as new Sevens staffer

by RUGBY.com.au staff

Former Wallabies forward Stephen Hoiles has been confirmed as a new member of the re-shuffled Australian men's sevens coaching staff.

As previously reported, 16-Test Wallaby Hoiles has taken up a role that will see him coach forwards and the set-piece, and also serve in a mentoring role.

He'll travel with the team to six World Sevens Series tournaments, and also continue as head of the Classic Wallabies and as a commentator on FoxSports.

Walsh has also brought across a number of staff from his former job as coach of the Australian womens sevens program, including performance coaches Craig Twentyman and Will Stuart.

Chris Bailey has been promoted to Head Physiotherapist after working as the assistant Physio throughout 2018.

“To prepare a team for success you need to create world class standards and have the trust and expertise of management underpinning these foundations," Walsh said in a statement.

“Stephen is intelligent, creative and knows how to win. As a player he was ruthless on and off the field and played with vision and flare as a ball playing backrower.

“Craig and Will have my complete trust having worked with both men over the last few years in the Australian Women’s program.  

“Craig has unrivalled knowledge of Sevens and he knows what it takes to build the complete successful Sevens athlete. 

“We are at the beginning of a very important season and the management team have all the confidence and strategies to deliver an environment where each player will have the opportunity to perform at their best. 

“It is going to be challenging and uncomfortable but each day we will strive to be better and we will enjoy the hard work.”  

The World Sevens Series begins in Dubai on November 30.