One Percenters: Fardy rules out World Cup return

by Sam Phillips and Beth Newman

Scott Fardy won't be following in the footsteps of Matt Toomua and Luke Jones and returning home next year for a crack at the 2019 World Cup.

Fardy is playing the house down in Ireland, where he helped Leinster to be crowned European champions last season. The 34-year-old was shortlisted for European player of the year, too.

The 30-cap Wallabies flanker is off contract at the end of the 2018-19 season, and some believe the name "Fardy, Scott" should be Michael Cheika's speed-dial, to try and get him back for the 2019 World Cup.

Not likely, said Fardy.

"Nah, we’re not going to have that conversation," Fardy told 

"There are a lot of good players who are playing in Australia who are doing a great job. No single player is ever the answer to everything."

Magnay on Melbourne's radar

While Scott Fardy won't be heading back to Australia, former Reds centre Campbell Magnay is tipped to be returning.

Magnay shocked Australian rugby by signing a two-year Japan deal with Suntory, turning his back on the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The 21-year-old has made an about turn, believed to be inking a contract with the Rebels for next season.

Magnay was a highly-rated rookie but injuries hampered his progression before he left for Japan.

There'll be plenty of people happy to see him back in the country.

Familiar faces in QPR 7s

There were some familiar names in the team sheets for round one of the Queensland Premier Rugby 7s tournament at the weekend, which saw Sunnybank beat Easts in the final at UQ.

Fringe Aussie U20s squad member Fred Dorrough helped Sunnybank get up on a day that saw Reds flanker Michael Gunn and former Wallabies halfback Richard Kingi also having a run for Souths.

One of the more interesting names was found in the Australian Barbarians side that finished third: Will Maddocks.

The brother of Wallaby Jack Maddocks plays for Easts in Sydney and was invited to be part of the BaaBaas squad, which was put together by Aussie sevens officials.

Maddocks has the same languid style and athleticism of his brother and he could have a future in the sevens format.

His YouTube highlights compilation was posted by none other than Angus Crichton.

Also in the Aussie Barbarians was the highly touted Blaise Barnes, who was a schoolboy whiz poached by Parramatta Eels. He is now back in rugby.

EJ picks up the clipboard at CSU

Long-time Aussie Sevens skipper Ed Jenkins is stepping into the coaching realm with Bathurst's Charles Sturt University.

Jenkins is coaching the women's Sevens team in the division one Unisport competition.

Could this dalliance into coaching be the start of something more? We'll just have to wait and see.

Horwill hands in rugby project

Former Wallabies captain James Horwill might just have submitted a sports research project that many rugby fans will be intrigued to read should it ever reach the public realm.

Horwill posted a sports management submission last week, focusing on the reasons behind the mass migration of Aussies to Northern Hemisphere rugby.

As someone who is among the departed Aussies, it will certainly be interesting to read Horwill's conclusions.

Aussie Sevens women kick off preseason with special gesture

Australia's Sevens women had an undefeated start to preseason on Sunday in Japan but it was an accessory they all donned that caught the eye.

With less than a month to go until the opening World Series tournament in Colorado, the Japan hitout could be a pivotal one for the Aussies and they made it through unscathed.

it was the tape on their wrists that displayed a moving gesture for teammate Ellia Green - every player had the word 'Mum' on their tape to pay tribute to Green's late mother Yolanta.

'Yoyo' was a beloved honourary member of the team and even injured players Emilee Cherry and Demi Hayes donned the tape at Brisbane's Uni7s leg this weekend.

A nice touch for a much-loved woman.

Classics take to Japan

The Classic Wallabies are marking a year until the Rugby World Cup in Japan, visiting school kids and spreading the rugby message as the countdown begins.

Become an Aussie Sevens player for a day

Know a young rugby fan? The Aussie 7s have come up with a neat initiative for a 6-15-year-old junior.

Enter on behalf of the biggest rugby fan you know and you and the youngster could spend the day at Rugby AU HQ with the team as they train, recover and refuel.

Click here to enter.