VIDEO: Stannard 'lucky to be here' after attack
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Speaking for the first time to the media, Australia Men’s Sevens captain James Stannard says he is ‘heartbroken’ to miss the Common Wealth games following an unprovoked assault that left him with a fractured skull.
Stannard is recovering in Sydney from the head injury he suffered as the victim of a one-punch attack but he already has his sights set on a Sevens comeback this season - aiming to be back on the field for the Sevens World Cup in San Francisco in July.
The 35-year-old. who was set to retire this season, was due to lead his country in the upcoming Gold Coast Games on home soil as Australia sevens skipper following an injury sustained by Lewis Holland.
"I've got a fractured skull with a little bit of bleeding, they said, and I don't really know the full extent of it, to be honest, I'm not a doctor [but] that just sounds bad for me.
"I'm very lucky to be here.
"I spoke to Lewis [Holland] and Jesse [Parahi] last night actually," he said, adding: "Lewi got injured a couple of weeks ago and we spoke about it then too because this is my last year, I've got limited opportunities to play.
"Despite this setback, I'll try to do everything I can to get right for a World Cup and have one last dance with those blokes,"
Source: Rugbypass & @rugbycomau