Rio lifeline for Speight, Kingston

Australia Sevens head coach Andy Friend has named Henry Speight and Tom Kingston as back-up players to his squad for the Rio Olympics.

The duo were not included in the 12-man squad, which was announced last week, but have now been named as shadow players for the Games.

Speight has struggled with a knee problem this season so this news will come as a boost to him, with the Rugby Sevens kicking off on August 9.

Australia are drawn in Pool B alongside South Africa, France and Spain.