RUGBY UNION: Former Sunshine Coast schoolboy and Queensland Country forward Conor Mitchell yesterday signed with the Australian men's sevens squad as it prepares to tackle the 2016-17 HSBC Sevens World Series.
A one-time Siena Catholic College student, Mitchell led his University of Queensland side to the Queensland Premier Grade Rugby Union grand final at Ballymore last month and recently captained the Queensland Country side in the National Rugby Championship.
He made his Australian sevens debut in 2016 at the Vancouver Sevens tournament in Canada.
Head coach Andy Friend said he was pleased to welcome Conor to the squad as the side continues to build ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
"Conor has already impressed in the Australian colours with his captaincy of the Australian University sevens team at the World University Games in 2016 where the side claimed the gold medal,” Friend said.
"The World Series is crucial for us, as we look to build more depth and become a regular top-four team on the world stage and we are looking forward to the challenge.”
Born in South Africa, Mitchell moved to Australia when he was 10 and played his junior rugby on the Coast.
He left Siena after Year 10 to take up a scholarship with Brisbane GPS powerhouse Anglican Church Grammar (Churchie) and was selected in the Queensland Schoolboys side in 2011.
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