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By ARU Media Unit
Qantas Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has caught a first-hand look at the Rugby talent in South Australia by attending the first training session of the 2010 Adelaide Sevens reserve pool.
Ten of South Australia’s best have been selected to sit on the reserve pool bench for the March 19-21 tournament and, if the 2009 event is any guide, they are a good chance to line up for one of the 16 competing countries.
In 2009, six South Australian players got a taste of International Rugby when they were selected to cover injured players from five countries – Argentina, Cook Islands, England, Portugal and South Africa.
The reserve pool players are selected by SA Rugby’s coaching staff based on performances throughout the 2009 SA Rugby season and, for some players, their performances at the 2010 Darwin Sevens tournament.
Deans was on hand to see the ten local players put through their paces at Bailey Reserve by coaches from SA Rugby, and has encouraged the players to make the most of their opportunity on the world stage.
“International Rugby Sevens Adelaide is a massive opportunity on the world stage for all of the Australian players involved, and that prospect is not limited solely to the players competing in the Australian team,” Qantas Wallabies coach Robbie Deans said.
“The South Australian-based players called up from the reserve pool are equally able to showcase their talent in front of the global audience via the international televised feed.
“For these players, International Rugby Sevens Adelaide is the chance of a lifetime, but one they have all worked hard for.”
The International Rugby Board (IRB) Sevens circuit returns to Adelaide for its fourth instalment on March 19-21.
Tickets are on sale through Ticketek (www.ticketek.com.au) with adult day passes starting from $17 and an adult three-day pass available from just $70.
Adelaide is the fifth stop on the eight-leg IRB Sevens World Series circuit, with tournaments already played in Dubai, George (South Africa), Wellington (NZ) and Las Vegas.
The Australian Rugby Sevens side recorded their best result in two years when they made the Cup semi finals in Las Vegas in February, and with a similar performance in Adelaide, could leapfrog England into fourth place on the IRB Sevens World Series standings.
Historically, the Australian Sevens achieve their best results on home soil, with their last tournament victory achieved in Brisbane in 2002.
Tom Kingston was nearly a Sevens player five years ago, just as he entered the professional rugby ranks.