SUFC 1st Grade player from 2015, Tom Kingston, made his Australian Sevens debut

Sydney University Football Club had two players in the 12-man squad who contested in the opening round of the 2015-16 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai on Friday and Saturday.

Australia’s most capped Sevens representative, Ed Jenkins, captained the side, which includes his SUFC teammate Tom Kingston, who made his Sevens debut for Australia.

Jenkins has already competed in two Rugby World Cup Sevens campaigns and won a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and a bronze medal at the 2014 Glasgow Games.

A member of Australia’s Cup winning sides in London (2010) and Tokyo (2012), Jenkins missed most of the 2012-13 season with injury.

Former NSW Waratahs and Melbourne Rebels fullback Tom Kingston joined the national Sevens program last month after playing every game for the Sydney Stars in the 2015 National Rugby Championship. The Stars went from cellar-dwellers in 2014 to semi-finalists this year.

Kingston was an Australian Schoolboy representative in 2009 and an Australian Under 20 representative in 2011. He was a member of the NSW Waratahs in 2011-13 and Melbourne Rebels in 2014-15).

Injury prevented two other SUFC members, Pat McCutcheon and Greg Jeloudev, from selection for the Dubai tournament.

Australia headed to Dubai on the back of some fine form, having won the Central Coast Sevens last month and the Oceania Regional Olympic Qualifier in Auckland a fortnight ago, and were grouped in Pool D of the Dubai tournament with Kenya, Wales and England.

However, the team ended the tournament in sixth after narrow defeats to the countries that finished first and second in last year’s World Series.

Australia fell short against Fiji (19-12) in the Cup Quarter-Final before beating Samoa (28-10) in the Plate Semi-Final. Their campaign in the opening round of the 2015-16 HSBC Sevens World Series ended with defeat to South Africa in sudden death extra-time (19-14).