Australia name a mix of veterans, young guns for men's, women's Olympic sevens squads

Australia have named their Olympic squads for the men's and women's sevens at the Rio de Janeiro Games with two surprise inclusions.

Gemma Etheridge and Nick Malouf both succumbed to what seemed season-ending injuries earlier this year, both rupturing their ACLs, but have returned in time for Olympic inclusion.

Ethridge, a sevens veteran, underwent LARS surgery to accelerate her recovery. While Malouf was monitored closely and he hadn't completely ruptured his ligament

Unsurprisingly, no XVs players made the squad with Nick Cummins and Henry Speight both out of the running through injury, while Quade Cooper had already dropped out of the race for the Olympics.

Ed Jenkins will continue to lead his side while Sharni Williams and Shannon Parry will again lead their World Champion women's side who enter the Olympics as heavy favourites.

The women's side includes star Ellia Green who played a major role in the side becoming the first Australian team to win the World Series title.

"It's so surreal for all of us and I don't think it will really sink in that we're going to be Olympians," Williams said in a statement. "Our goal is to go to Rio and win gold and it is something we speak about every day. The world series win has certainly given us the confidence to achieve that goal."

Young star Henry Hutchison, who won World Series rookie of the year for the 2015/16 season, was included alongside bolter John Porch, who made his sevens debut in February.

Australia's Men's sevens squad: Nick Malouf, Jesse Parahi, Henry Hutchison, Lewis Holland, James Stannard, Con Foley, Cameron Clark, Pat McCutcheon, Ed Jenkins, Allan Fa'alava'au, John Porch, Tom Cusack

Australia's Women's sevens squad: Shannon Parry, Sharni Williams, Nicole Beck, Gemma Etheridge, Emma Tonegato, Evania Pelite, Charlotte Caslick, Chloe Dalton, Amy Turner, Alicia Quirk, Emilee Cherry, Ellia Green