Born in Auckland, Allan Fa’alava’au moved to Australia as a
14-year-old and was a member of the fifteen man Australian Schoolboys side in
2011. He made his sevens debut for Australia in 2012, got his Australian
citizenship in 2014 and, having become a key playmaker in the Aussie side,
booked his ticket to Rio.
The Australian team got off to a slow start in Rio after opening the tournament with a 31-14 point loss to France. The side bounced back with a 26-12 victory over Spain before they kept their medal hopes alive with a 12-5 win over South Africa in their final group match. They again faced the South African side in the quarter-finals and it was the BlitzBokke who reversed the result to claim a 22-5 win over the Aussies and move through to the final four. Losses to Argentina and France followed for Australia who finished the tournament in eighth.