Aussie Sevens sign SA-born Mitchell

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:58
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NEWS: Queensland Country forward Conor Mitchell has signed for the Australian Men's Sevens squad as they begin preparations for the 2016-2017 Sevens World Series.

Mitchell has become the first signing for the Men's sevens squad post the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

The young Queenslander joins the national squad after an impressive season for the Country in the National Rugby Championship and with his previous experience as a wider squad member with the Aussie Sevens. 

Mitchell made his Australian Sevens debut in 2016 when he ran out at the Vancouver Sevens in Canada.  

"We are very pleased to welcome Conor [Mitchell] to our squad as we begin our post-Rio journey and start to look towards the upcoming 2016-2017 Sevens World Series with one eye on the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast," said Australian Men's Sevens coach Andy Friend.

"Conor has already impressed in the Australian colours with his captaincy of the Australian University Sevens Team at the World University Games in 2016 where the side claimed the Gold Medal.  

"The World Series is crucial for us, as we look to build more depth and become a regular top four team on the world stage and we are looking forward to the challenge.” 

Originally born in South Africa, Mitchell moved to Australia at ten years of age where he played his junior rugby on the Sunshine Coast.

Moving to Anglican Church Grammar for his final years of his schooling, Mitchell was selected in the Queensland Schoolboys team in 2011. 

The Australian Men's Sevens team will commence their World Series charge at the Dubai Sevens on December 4.

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