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Australia’s Olympics sevens squad set to be Wallabies-free

Nick ‘Honey Badger’ Cummins’ Olympic dream in jeopardy as knee injury forces him to miss key training camp this weekend in Darwin

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 June, 2016, 12:19pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 21 June, 2016, 4:57pm

Wallabies winger Nick Cummins’ hopes of landing a spot in the Australia squad for the Olympic Games rugby sevens tournament are in jeopardy after he was omitted from a key training camp in Darwin due to a knee injury.

Coach Andy Friend named a 16-man squad for the camp starting this weekend and is all but certain to pick his final 12 for Rio de Janeiro from that group.

“I’ve made it clear to the group that it’ll be tough to make the squad for Rio if they haven’t been selected for Darwin,” he said.

“However, I have had a commitment from the non-travelling players that they will continue to work hard back in Sydney and maintain the high standards that this programme has set.

“As we have found to our detriment this past week, injuries can happen at any time so we need the entire group to be ready to step into the breach at short notice.”

Apart from 15-test Cummins, a number of other capped Wallabies have tried out for Rio but have suffered injuries or failed to adapt to the format.

Fiji-born winger Henry Speight was in the frame despite fracturing a bone above his eye in May, but was ruled out by a serious knee injury last week after a mishap during a practice match.

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Wallabies fly-half Quade Cooper played world series events in Las Vegas and Vancouver earlier in the year, but was dumped from the squad in May.

Australia are among 12 nations to have qualified for the men’s sevens tournament at the August 5-21 Rio Olympic Games.