Sydney University Football Club’s Australian Sevens representative Ed Jenkins has a signed a new two-year contract with the Sevens program.

Jenkins, who will captain the Australian Sevens team at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, will be contracted to the Australian program until 2018.

The significance of the contract extension is Jenkins, Australia’s most capped Sevens player with 45 appearances, will be available for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, to be held on the Gold Coast.

Jenkins, 30, is already a dual Commonwealth Games medallist. After making his debut in the national Sevens side in 2008, he won a silver medal at the 2010 Games in Delhi, where Australian finished second. He was also a member of the team that won bronze at the 2014 Games in Glasgow.

“It’s a brilliant time for Rugby Sevens with the Olympics fast approaching but even after that it’s just as exciting with the Commonwealth Games in 2018 on home soil and the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco too,” Jenkins said.

“We’re looking to build depth in the program and I’m looking forward to being able to pass on my knowledge to the new players looking to make their mark over the next two years.”