GOOD TACKLE: Sunshine Coast youngster Tate McDermott gets Kenya's Eden Agero in the Challenge Trophy Final match at the Wellington Sevens.
GOOD TACKLE: Sunshine Coast youngster Tate McDermott gets Kenya's Eden Agero in the Challenge Trophy Final match at the Wellington Sevens. Hagen Hopkins

Coast teen earns praise after Australian sevens debut

RUGBY UNION: Sunshine Coast teenager Tate McDermott has made a significant impression on the national coach in his debut.

The 17-year-old was suddenly pitched into the Australian squad for the third stop of the Sevens World Series in Wellington after a strong performance for Tribe 7s at the recent Hottest Sevens in the World tournament in Darwin.

And he made the most of it, scoring tries and setting them up.

"Tate McDermott has been picked out of nowhere to represent his country and he has handled himself really well on the world stage,” coach Andy Friend said in an Australian Rugby Union press release.

"I was really impressed with the performance of the young guys.

"There is some really good youth coming through which is pleasing and it was impressive how they stood up this weekend.”

The team finished 10th at the Wellington Sevens, incurring several injuries and ultimately falling to Kenya 19-17.

The next venue for the globe's dominant sevens rugby competition will be Sydney.