The Australian men's sevens programme recently confirmed the signing of Wallaby Nick Cummins for 2016.

The 28-year-old will link up with the squad in March once he has completed his commitments in Japan and will be available for selection for the final four rounds of the 2015-16 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Hong Kong, Singapore, Paris and London and until the conclusion of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Affectionately known as the ‘Honey Badger', Cummins has won 15 caps for the Wallabies and represented the national Sevens side on eight occasions in the World Series. Alongside current Sevens stalwarts Ed Jenkins and James Stannard, as well as Wallabies Bernard Foley and Nick Phipps, he was also part of the Australian Sevens team to earn a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Nick Cummins said: “I’m keen as mustard to get this opportunity to play Sevens again. She’s a big year, we all know why.

“To make the team, you’ve got to get on the burst and perform - and that’s what I intend on doing.”
 

FRANCE MAKE SWITCHES BOTH WAYS

The FFR has drafted two top 15s stars into its squad of players in contention to play for France at the upcoming third and fourth rounds of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, the HSBC Wellington Sevens on 30-31 January and the HSBC Sydney Sevens on 6-7 February.
 
BothFulgence Ouedraogo and Romain Martial are back in the sevens fold, having played in tournaments before the start of the season. Meanwhile, Fijian-born flyer Virimi Vakatawa is not on the list of players, fuelling speculation that new France XV coach Guy Noves sees him as part of his six nations plans, having been first approached by the 15s management at the start of the season.

 

In Wellington France has been drawn in pool C with USA, England and Samoa.

France sevens squad: Jérémy Aicardi, Steeve Barry, Terry Bouhraoua, Julien Candelon, Damien Cler, Alexandre Gracbling, Pierre Gilles Lakafia, Jonathan Laugel, Romain Martial, Jean-Baptiste Azoue, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Stephen Parez, Sacha Valleau.