Ed Jenkins

Having made more sevens appearances than any other Australian player ever, Ed Jenkins was the standout choice for Australian captain as sevens made its Olympic debut in Rio. Jenkins first lined up in the green and gold in 2008, has competed at two World Cups and also helped Australia win silver and bronze Commonwealth Games medals. He scored 13 tries in the 2015/16 World Series season to move within three tries of the all-time Australian record for most World Series tries.

Despite Jenkins crossing the line, 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, in which Jenkins scored his second try, followed for Australia who finished the tournament in eighth. 

Olympic Results

2016 Rio

Rugby Sevens - Men
Pool Round FRA 14-31 Loss
Pool Round ESP 26-12 Win
Pool Round RSA 5-12 Win
Quarterfinal RSA 22-5 Loss
Placing 5-8 ARG 26-21 Loss
Placing 7-8 FRA 12-10 Loss
Final Placing 8 / 12