Retired rugby sevens men's star, James Stannard will continue to be involved in the game after being announced as the Assistant Coach of the Women’s Sevens squad until 2020.
Stannard joins Head Coach John Manenti’s coaching staff as he builds a squad, two years out from the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Stannard was forced into retirement this month after he was the victim of a tragic one-punch attack in March which sidelined him the Commonwealth Games and left him with a fractured skull.
He had hoped to return to the side for the World Cup next month after having returned to training but wasn't been able to recover enough to return to the team.
The 35-year-old has been looking into coaching and is excited to start the next chapter of his rugby career.
“John and Tim Walsh are world class coaches and I know I will learn a lot from them," he said.
"Having seen what John has done at Eastwood and as an Australian Sevens coach, I’m looking forward to getting stuck in and working with him again.
“The Aussie Women’s Sevens is one of the most exciting prospects in Australian sport and I’m really looking forward to working with the team," Stannard said.
Stannard will also work across the Men’s program heading into the Sevens Rugby World Cup in San Francisco in July, as well as national youth and emerging male and female programs.
Stannard will officially start in the new role immediately.