Ahead of the Sydney 7s rugby tournament this weekend, Men’s Style meets Australian captain Ed Jenkins in the TAG Heuer boutique on Pitt Street Mall.
We hear you won’t make it onto the field this weekend, Ed?
No, I was ruled out by the team doctor early this week which is a bit disappointing. I injured my shoulder at the tournament in Dubai eight weeks ago and it hasn’t healed in time.
Which means a lot of young guys get an opportunity – how will they go?
Yes, a lot of debutants playing this weekend. It’s a very young, inexperienced squad but I’m hoping performing in front of a home crowd of 40,000-odd will spur them on to going all the way. Our first game is against New Zealand who won it last year by beating us in the final last year so it’s a grand final rematch first up.
Did the Rio Olympics give Rugby 7s a real shot in the arm, with our women’s team winning the gold medal?
The build up to it all was great and our women definitely performed and put the spotlight on the game back home … and we are reaping the rewards of their achiement as well. It’s given a big boost to rugby 7s here in Australia and hopefully leading up to Tokyo 2020 as well the sport can reach new heights and we can see a lot more competition here in Sydney and Australia.
The 15-a-side format of the game is in the doldrums a bit so do you think rugby 7s with its carnival atmosphere is needed by the sport?
All sports are trying to adopt a shorter format of the game so I feel I’m in the sport at the right time. It’s great to see sevens expanding every single year I’ve been in the game and it’s been 10 years now. The longer format is suffering a bit so I’m glad I’m playing 7s at the moment where the crowds are turning up.
Is it a full-time gig?
I train pretty much every single day, all year round, and have maybe one month after competition finishes. We have Commonwealth Games and the World Cup coming next year so there’s always something going on.
You’re doing a promotion with TAG Heuer today – what’s your relationship with watches?
I’ve got a nice little collection at home. I tend to go for a more classic style with a smaller face and leather strap – more that vintage look which is back at the moment. Watches are a great accessory for a man to wear. It’s an expensive hobby but it’s a good one to have. I’m more a mechanical watch man. I like the Carrera range and also Aquaracer – because of the profession I’m in it’s handy to have something water-resistant and which can handle a bit of rough and tumble.