Tom Connor’s Aussie team undefeated after day one of Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship

Tom Connor (front row, third from left) with his Australian sevens men's rugby team mates at their jersey presentation. Photo: RUGBY AUSTRALIA
Tom Connor (front row, third from left) with his Australian sevens men's rugby team mates at their jersey presentation. Photo: RUGBY AUSTRALIA

BOTH Australian sevens teams have emerged undefeated after the opening day of the Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship in Suva, Fiji on Friday.

The Aussie sides have progressed to the next round of competition with a double match up against northern neighbour, Papua New Guinea. 

The Australian women accounted for Tonga (59-0), Samoa (57-0) and Fiji (28-5) to ensure a Championship Semi Final match against Papua New Guinea that will kick off at 11am tomorrow AEDT.

The Aussie sevens men, which includes Shoalhaven product Tom Connor started the day strongly with a strong (51-0) victory over the Solomon Islands before defeating Tonga (24-7) in their final match. Australia will play Papua New Guinea in the Championship Quarter Final at 9.00am AEDT.

“It was good to get three from three, but it was far from perfect. We’ll go home and recover and come back tomorrow,” Australian women’s sevens head coach Tim Walsh said.

“Papua New Guinea are ruthless, and they have some amazing athletes.

“We have to make sure that we are on our game and ready for that one, so we can look to progress.”

The Australian women’s sevens had two players make their debut with Lauren Brown and Page McGregor gaining their first International caps.

“Both of them came out early on and had some really good touches and involvement, they should be really proud with the way they performed,” Walsh said.

The young Australian men’s side impressed with their two performances and added plenty of international experience to the squad with eight players getting first Australian cap.  

“We’re stoked to get the two wins and really happy with the quality of football the boys delivered,” Australian men’s sevens head coach Jarred Hodges said.

“We’ve been together for a couple of weeks now as a squad and that time back home has really helped and we’re starting to see the fruits of our labour.    

“The debutants have been great, so it just shows the quality and depth we are building in the squad.

“We just have to go up a couple of notches tomorrow heading into the finals.”