Cape Town - Former Reds wing and Super Rugby winner Rod Davies has signed a contract with Australia’s Sevens team until 2021, joining from the Force.
Davies also has experience in the Top 14 with Biarritz and brings a wealth of experience and speed to the Aussie Sevens squad ahead of 2020.
He played for Australia in the 2018-2019 Series where he appeared at the Canada Sevens before returning for duties with the Western Force.
“Rod has a professional maturity and ruthless edge in the way he applies his trade. An experienced rugby player he will bolster our depth in speed and mental toughness as we continue to build ahead of our Olympic qualification,” said Australian men’s Sevens head coach Tim Walsh.
“Davies has shown throughout his time that he is a class player and we saw a brief glimpse of that this season in Canada when he debuted in the Aussie 7s gold jersey.
“Rod’s commitment to the program for the next two seasons shows that he is committed to the Australian Sevens program and jersey and I know the squad is looking forward to having him back.”
Davies said: “It was a good opportunity to have a crack at different format of the game and I’m really looking forward to it.
“The experience I had with the Sevens was definitely a great experience. I like what Tim Walsh is about and what he is trying to build with the team.
“It’s a young team, although I am inexperienced with Sevens, I have been around rugby for a long time so I can bring some experience to the squad.
“One of my goals is to help this team qualify for the Olympics and to put on a jersey at an Olympic Games would be very special for me.
“Anytime you get to put an Australian jersey on at any level it’s always an honour and if I get the chance in the future, I’ll take it with both hands.”