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By ARU Media Unit
Australian Rugby Sevens captain Bernard Foley has caught a first-hand look at the Rugby talent in South Australian schools by co-hosting a skills and drills session for the Rugby-playing students of Adelaide’s Prince Alfred College.
More than 80 students at Prince Alfred College participate in their Rugby program which caters for Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18 age groups.
Joined by South Australia’s Sports Minister and fourth grade player for the Burnside Rugby Club, Tom Kenyon, Foley got up close and personal with about 40 teenagers while they were put through their paces by coaching staff from SA Rugby and Prince Alfred College.
A member of the silver medal winning team at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Foley took over the captaincy at the start of the current HSBC Sevens World Series, and is currently Australia’s second highest try-scorer behind flying winger John Grant.
Foley, 21, was in Adelaide to get a glimpse of South Australia’s local Rugby talent and to share his experiences from the Games and the Sevens World Series, ahead of the International Rugby Sevens tournament in Adelaide next month.
Looking ahead to the April 2-3 tournament at the Adelaide Oval, Foley said that the Australian players were looking forward to competing in front of a home crowd, after travelling the world for the past four tournaments.
“While traditionally an AFL stronghold, the people of South Australia really throw their support behind the Rugby Sevens when we come to town and that’s great,” Foley said.
“As a team, we’re really looking forward to being on our home turf and using the support of the crowd to get us across the line in those tight games.
“We tend to really cop it from the fans at the other tournaments overseas, especially in Hong Kong, so it will be a welcome change to have the home ground advantage, and we’ll be looking to make the most of it.”
Local frontbencher and halfback for Burnside, Kenyon said that as a Rugby fanatic he looks forward to the Adelaide Sevens each year.
"Rugby really is a great game, and the people who play it are great people,” Kenyon said.
“You can literally go anywhere in the world and get a game of Rugby, and South Australians are lucky enough to have the International Sevens in their own backyard.
“My first ever Rugby experience was playing in the Elizabeth Sevens – it’s great fun to play and a great game to watch.”
The HSBC Sevens World Series returns to Adelaide for its fifth instalment on April 2-3.
Tickets are on sale through Ticketek (www.ticketek.com.au) with adult two-day passes starting from $55.
Adelaide is the sixth stop on the eight-leg HSBC Sevens World Series circuit, with tournaments already played in Dubai, George (South Africa), Wellington (NZ) and Las Vegas.
Last season’s series saw the Australian Rugby Sevens side record their best result in eight years when they won the London tournament in May 2010, and will be out to equal that performance when they compete against 15 countries during the Adelaide Sevens.