Rugby Union: Former Wanderers player Daniel Martine in Fiji with Australian men's team for Oceania Sevens Championships | photos

A little over twelve months ago Daniel Martine was playing for Wanderers in the Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Union grand final.

By the end of this week the now-Warringah forward will wear the green and gold sporting colours of Australia at the Oceania Sevens Championships in Fiji.

The 22-year-old was one of eight uncapped players named in the national team on Tuesday.

“I haven’t got much sevens experience but I’m learning quickly being in the professional environment they’re running,” Martine said from camp in Suva.

Striving for a professional contract the former South Newcastle rugby league club member helped an Australian development squad take out the Central Coast Sevens late last month.

The Merewether High School graduate now gets an international opportunity with many of the country’s top-liners currently returning from US state California after winning the Silicon Valley Sevens on the weekend. 

Australian coach Andy Friend said the “global nature of rugby sevens” created chances for players like Martine.

“With eight guys to get their first cap for Australia, it gives our squad another opportunity to demonstrate the inroads we have been making across our entire squad following on from our success at the Central Coast Sevens,” Friend said.

“It is a massive year for our game and these guys know that we are still looking to secure some tier one contracts to enhance our squad.”

Australia plays Solomon Islands and Tonga in pool matches on Friday.

Play-offs will be contested on Saturday.

The Sevens World Series starts in Dubai on December 2 while the Commonwealth Games arrive on the Gold Coast in April.