Lewis Holland knows body better after Glasgow miss

Queanbeyan Australian rugby sevens player Lewis Holland missed the Commonwealth Games due to injury.

Queanbeyan Australian rugby sevens player Lewis Holland missed the Commonwealth Games due to injury.

HE may be extremely disappointed in missing what would have been his first Commonwealth Games, but Queanbeyan Whites junior Lewis Holland has learnt where his body is at and is looking further afield.

Holland, born in Braidwood but raised as a footballer in Queanbeyan, was set to represent Australia in rugby sevens at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games but re-injured the same hamstring he has injured in the past back in May which has forced him on the sideline.

Having already played at the 2011 Youth Commonwealth Games in England, the 2012 under 20s world championships in South Africa and the 2013 world cup in Moscow, Holland had a Commonwealth Games debut locked and loaded.

He said he was extremely disappointed after working hard towards Glasgow, but said it was more important for him to recover his hamstring.

"The body was ready, and it would have gone, but unfortunately in the end the stars didn't align and it didn't work out [with hamstring]," said Holland.

"I'm working on understanding my body and working out what's not quite working and what works well, and that all takes time."

The 21-year old lives in Sydney nowadays and trains full time with the Australian rugby sevens squad, and is arguably their best scrumhalf that is considered a specialist seven-a-side player.

He played the regular 15-a-side format growing up, and represented the Australian Schoolboys in 2010, before making the big time in sevens in 2011.

He said still being young and having many years ahead of him gave him the confidence he would make the team to play in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, where rugby sevens will make its Olympic debut.

"We've got about eight weeks till the international season [post Glasgow] kicks off which is our Olympic qualifying, and that kicks off on the Gold Coast and I'll be getting back into training and building the fitness again for that," he said.

"Being young and having already played so much, I've got plenty of years to tick all the boxes."

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