STANNARD James < Back  
Sport Rugby Sevens, Rugby Union
CGA Australia   
Gender Men
Born 21 Feb 1983 in Brisbane, AUS
Height1.75 m
Weight 82 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Twin daughters Layla and Zara [2014]
Residence Sydney, NSW, AUS
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began playing sevens as a fly-half in 2003, while working part-time as a boilermaker.
Name of coach Andy Friend [national], AUS
Coach from which country? Australia
International Debut
Year 2010
Competing for Australia
Opponent Papua New Guinea
Location Wellington, NZL
General Interest
Nicknames Chucky, Stanners (Twitter profile, 17 Jul 2016; greenandgoldrugby.com, 21 Oct 2010)
Most influential person in career His parents. (rio2016.olympics.com.au, 15 Jun 2016)
Hero / Idol Australian rugby league [13-a-side] player Mick Potter. (greenandgoldrugby.com, 21 Oct 2010)
Injuries He suffered a muscle injury in March 2015 ruling him out of the Sevens World Series events in Hong Kong and Japan. (worldrugby.org, 30 Apr 2015)

He missed the opening two legs of the 2009/10 World Series after tearing his hamstring. (rugby.com.au, 16 Aug 2010)
Awards and honours He was awarded the 2010 Shawn Mackay Sevens Player of the Year at the John Eales medal ceremony. (greenandgoldrugby.com, 21 Oct 2010)
Other sports He has played rugby union [15-a-side] for the Western Force and ACT Brumbies in Super Rugby. (rugbynews.net.au, 2013)
Other information NATIONAL RECORD
In January 2016 he became the Australian sevens team's all-time leading World Series points scorer. (rugby.com.au, 11 Apr 2016)

FAMILY MATTERS
He had to fly home to Perth days before the Australian sevens squad left Sydney for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland as his wife was giving birth to their twin daughters nine weeks prematurely. "I didn't think about rugby at all for about five days, it wasn't a priority for me at that stage. The [Australian sevens] guys were great. They said 'come back when you need to.'" After his daughters were born he was able to return to the squad and travel to Glasgow to compete in the Games. (dailytelegraph.com.au, 24 Jul 2014; qt.com.au, 29 Jul 2014)