Sydney University Football Club could have three members in the Australian Sevens team to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
SUFC’s Ed Jenkins, the Australian Sevens captain, and Greg Jeloudev each scored two tries in the 50-0 win over Tonga in the Oceania qualifying final in Auckland yesterday.
The win booked the Australian Thunderbolts a berth at the Rio Games, where rugby Sevens will be contested for the first time as an Olympic sport. The Australians had earlier routed Nauru 62-0 and the Cook islands 48-7 on the way to the final.
When the Games squad is announced, Jenkins and Jeloudev will most likely be joined by SUFC teammate Pat McCutcheon, who missed the Auckland tournament with injury.
A member of Australia’s Cup winning sides in London (2010) and Tokyo (2012), Jenkins missed most of the 2012-13 season with injury, but returned in 2014 as Australian captain and led the Thunderbolts to a bronze medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Former Australian Schoolboy and Under 20 representative, Jeloudev also collected a bronze medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, while McCutcheon won a silver medal with the Australian Sevens team at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.
McCutcheon was appointed captain of the Australian Sevens team for the 2009-10 IRB Series after touring Hong Kong and Europe with the Wallabies at the end of 2010 season. He was recalled to the Australian Sevens side this year after four-year stint with the NSW Waratahs in the Super XV competition.