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Qantas Men's Sevens look to go one better in Dubai

  
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11/22/2013


Qantas Men's Sevens Coach, Michael O'Connor has announced a squad full of experience for the second 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series round in Dubai next Friday 29 and Saturday 30 November.

Nine players who starred in the Qantas Men's Sevens impressive opening 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series round on the Gold Coast will return for their next stint in Dubai.

The squad features a line-up of Australia's biggest Rugby Sevens stars, including Shannon Walker, Jesse Parahi, Cameron Clark and Sean McMahon.

Con Foley, who was awarded The Qantas Men's Sevens Player of the Year and Shawn McKay Award - Sevens Player of the Year at last month's 2013 John Eales Medal has also been named in the team.

Former Qantas Wallaby and Super Rugby dynamo, Luke Morahan has been included, with Sevens regulars, Lewis Holland, Sean McMahon and Greg Jeloudev.

With two Rugby World Cup Sevens campaigns and a Commonwealth Games silver medal under his belt, Morahan is a timely bonus for the Men's 2013/14 World Series campaign.

Lewis Holland and Greg Jeloudev will further bolster the team's ability, having each amassed an impressive 440 points between them since they debuted for Australia in the 2010/11 World Series.

Stalwart Sevens crusader and 2013 Gold Coast Sevens Player of the Tournament, Ed Jenkins will remain at the helm as captain as the team looks to go one better than their first round runner-up spot on the Gold Coast.

O'Connor said he's assembled one of the most experienced squads for Dubai.

"We've put together our best possible squad. Sometimes it's difficult with players out with injury, but this time we've managed to put together a good collection of players.

"It's a well-balanced team, with a lot of those who played on the Gold Coast. In my opinion, it's the best squad we could have going into the next round," O'Connor said.

The Qantas Men's Sevens will play against Wales, Scotland and Spain in Pool B at next week's tournament.

Asked about the Aussies' pool, O'Connor said the team has enormous respect for the teams Australia will face in their pool matches.

"I never make predictions about these tournaments; it's certainly not an easy field. I don't think we can take away from the sides we play as they're all very good."

Strong performances in this season's HSBC Sevens World Series, next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the 2014/15 Sevens HSBC Sevens World Series will  be part of Australia's quest to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Both days of the HSBC Sevens World Series tournament in Dubai will be broadcast live on Fox Sports on Friday 29 from 3.30pm and Saturday 30 from 4:00pm.

All matches will be streamed live at http://www.irbsevens.com/index.html

The Qantas Women's Sevens will kick off their World Series campaign in Dubai in the opening round of the 2013/13 IRB Women's Sevens World Series on the 28th and 29th of November.

Follow the Qantas Men's and Women's Sevens and their progress in Dubai with live match updates on Twitter @Aussie7s.

Qantas Men's Seven's squad for the second round of the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series:

Name

Club

Hometown

Paul Asquith

Southern Districts, NSW

Wollongong, NSW

Cameron Clark

Northern Suburbs, NSW

Sydney, NSW

Con Foley

University of Queensland, QLD

Brisbane, QLD

Lewis Holland

Queanbeyan Whites, NSW

Braidwood, NSW

Greg Jeloudev

Sydney University, NSW

Sydney, NSW

Ed Jenkins (c)

Sydney University, NSW

Sydney, NSW

Tom Lucas

Sunnybank, QLD

Rockhampton, QLD

Nick Malouf

University of Queensland, QLD

Sunnybank, QLD

Sean McMahon

GPS Rugby, QLD

Brisbane, QLD

Luke Morahan

University of Queensland, QLD

Gold Coast, QLD

Jesse Parahi

Northern Suburbs, NSW

Avoca Beach, NSW

Shannon Walker

Easts, QLD

Kyogle, NSW

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