Trae Williams to be unleashed at Sydney 7s

Murray Wenzel
Speed merchant Trae Williams has been added to the Australian squad for rugby's Sydney 7s

Australia will look to free Trae Williams' shackles when the rugby sevens convert gets a shot at proving he's the fastest man in the code this weekend.

The former sprinter was impressive defensively in his Dubai debut late last year but never in a position to pin his ears back with ball in hand.

Coach Tim Walsh has since worked closely with him and is confident Williams, who clocked 10.10 seconds for 100 metres in 2018, will seize his chance at Parramatta's Bankwest Stadium in the Sydney Sevens from Saturday.

"To have the fastest player in world rugby there, ready to ignite the engine is pretty special," Walsh said.

"We have to, as a team, manipulate it and work out a way we can put him in that space and allow him to use his point of difference.

"We haven't got him into space. Sevens is a magnified game and it can be quite complicated, especially for someone coming in pretty fresh.

"To have speed in sevens is a huge asset and that's something we have to work out."

The addition of Williams to the Australian squad sets up a mouth-watering clash with fellow speedsters Carlin Isles and Perry Baker on Sunday when the hosts meet the United States.

Isles - sevens rugby's self-anointed quickest man - was a college standout in both track and field and American football, while Baker was cut down by injury after signing with Philadelphia in the NFL.

Both men have helped the United States become a rugby sevens powerhouse and Australia hope Williams' extra pace can be a weapon this weekend and later this year in Tokyo.

Former Wallabies flyer Luke Morohan has been added as 13th man, having joined the squad this week on release from club side Bristol as he chases a Tokyo berth.

Ben O'Donnell is a notable absentee after suffering a knee injury in last weekend's Hamilton Sevens, where Australia finished third.

The men will begin their campaign against Scotland and Japan on Saturday, with only the winner of the pool progressing to the semi-finals.

Australian men: Henry Hutchison, Dylan Pietsch, Jeral Skelton, Lewis Holland, Lachie Miller, Joe Pincus, Josh Turner, Jesse Parahi, Trae Williams, Nick Malouf (capt), Maurice Longbottom, Lachlan Anderson, Luke Morahan (13th man).