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.