Injury ends Ed Jenkins Aussie 7s career prematurely

Former Australian Men’s Sevens captain Ed Jenkins has been forced to retire from the game as he battles a shoulder injury.

Jenkins became the first, and only, Australian to notch 50 Sevens caps, when he ran out in Hong Kong last year.

“I’d like to say I came to the decision but I think it was the two surgeons that rammed it home to me that continuing to play wouldn’t be great for my health and wellbeing,” Jenkins said.

“I have loved Sevens and the aspect that you get to travel around the world with a small group of guys and get to know them really well. That’s something that I’ll miss, putting on that jersey and running out to a full house is something I’ll definitely miss.

“I would have loved to have played a few more years for my little girl Indiana, for her to be able to have those memories when she’s old from when Dad was a rugby player. So I’m upset that she won’t get to see that but when I look back at what I’ve achieved and what I’ve done, I can’t really be upset.

The 31-year old will retire having amassed 547 points and 52 tournament appearances, over a glittering 10-year career that also includes a Commonwealth Games Silver medal from Delhi in 2010 as well as a Bronze from Glasgow four years later.

Jenkins captained Australia for six seasons, including at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro before stepping down from leadership duties ahead of the 2016/17 Sevens World Series in order to usher in the next generation.

“Looking back on it, the Commonwealth Games, medalling at both of them in 2010 and 2014 was special. I was hoping to get the other medal that’s missing on home soil this year but that’s not meant to be.

“The Olympics was very special and I’ve had a few Cup wins along the way, which will always stand out as great memories for me,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins will undergo shoulder surgery next month but won’t be entirely lost to Sevens, with the keen businessman to transition to life post-Rugby with a role within Rugby Australia’s administration.