RUGBY SEVENS With Lewis Holland

Lewis Holland is a 24-year-old Queanbeyan-born rugby player currently making waves in the sport. Lewis made his debut back in 2011 and has been trailblazing in the game ever since he was in high school. We sat down for a chat with him…  

Tell us about your journey in Rugby – what got you involved in the sport?
I grew up playing rugby. During high school I represented my state and country as a member of the Australian Schoolboys team. After graduating, I joined the Brumbies Academy playing the 15-a-side game and then was lucky enough to be plucked out to play for Sevens.

It’s a pretty gnarly game – have you broken any bones?
I tore my hamstring in the opening match against France in the 2016 Olympics, which was a massive blow, and in October last year I snapped my Achilles.  I’ve been with Team Rehab since then and now am back to full form. I’m looking forward to playing again!

Lewis Holland (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

What’s your favourite thing about getting on the field?
Running out with your best mates alongside you knowing that you’ve got each other’s backs and are ready to take on whatever lays ahead. Sevens Rugby is so much faster as well, so you have to be able to adapt really quickly as opposed to XVs and I enjoy the challenge of that.

You’re quite young for having achieved so much, what big goals have you set for yourself in Rugby?
We’ve got a massive year ahead for Rugby Sevens with the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco in 2018, so that’s a big driver for the squad! We also want to be a consistent top four team on the HSBC Sevens World Series and that’s something that drives us to be better.

What’s the most challenging thing about playing this game professionally?
Rugby Sevens is a fantastic format of the game and takes you all over the World. The rise of the format has meant that there are no easy games anymore and our competition is constantly chasing us. Staying ahead of the pack is our big challenge!

What’s your coolest career moment so far?
Being made captain of the Aussie Sevens was a huge honour for me and something that really means a lot to me. I think our coolest career moments are yet to come, though.

What advice do you have to other Rugby players out there for them to play their best game possible?
In Sevens, the mental preparation is just as important as the physical. We play a lot of games over two days when we are in a tournament so you have to make sure your mind is up to the challenge every time you step onto the field. One moment of complacency could cost the game and when it is only seven minute halves

What do you like to do in your spare time?
One of my favourite hobbies is casting out the line and going fishing. My girlfriend and I recently went to the Top End where we had great time fishing. It’s how I like to relax.

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