John releases Liam Gill to Reds for Tahs clash

  
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7/10/2014
By ARU Media Unit


Australian Mens Sevens Head Coach has agreed to release Liam Gill to the Queensland Reds this weekend for the team's Asteron Life Super Rugby clash with the New South Wales Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium.

Flanker Gill stands to earn his 50th cap for the Reds from the bench.

The 22-year-old has been training with the Sevens squad in preparation for the Commonwealth Games, but has been named in the Reds’ reserves after dialogue between Head Coach Richard Graham and Mens Sevens coach John.

Welshman John said: "The Reds came to us earlier this week requesting Liam's services for this weekend. The fact we were able to support this request demonstrates that both parties are keen to collaborate to ensure the best results for Australian Rugby.

"We have been in regular dialogue with the Reds and the Melbourne Rebels [regarding Sean McMahon] since the players joined us from their Super Rugby franchises at the start of last week, providing them with a full report on everything they have done in training.

"Liam has trained exceptionally well since he's been with the Sevens squad, showing leadership and no little skill."

Graham welcomed Gill’s return to the Reds for their final match of the season.

“Getting Gilly back from the Australian Sevens program is a significant boost to the squad,” Graham said.

“He is a class footballer and his desire to play for the Reds illustrates how much the playing group care. He understands the risks associated, but is willing to accept those in order to play for the Reds.

“I would like to thank Geraint John (Australian Sevens Head Coach) for his support in this matter. Geraint has been outstanding to deal with and I wish him well in the upcoming Commonwealth Games."