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By ARU Media Unit
Australia’s Rugby Sevens team is looking to end the 2010/11 HSBC Sevens World Series on a high with a strong performance in Edinburgh this weekend.
Eventual champions South Africa knocked Australia out of the race for the London Sevens title on Sunday as coach Michael O’Connor’s side went on to finish sixth, while New Zealand secured the World Series title with a tournament in hand after a semi-finals appearance gave them an insurmountable lead on top of the overall standings.
The battle for who finishes second on the ladder behind the Kiwis (150 points) will be hotly contested at Murrayfield, with England (121) holding just a five-point lead over the third-placed South Africans (116) after failing to reach the Cup quarter-finals at their home tournament.
A strong performance from Samoa (112) or Fiji (110) could also see the Pacific Island nations claim a podium finish.
Australia (60) finished runners up to Samoa at the Edinburgh Sevens last year and skipper Bernard Foley says he’s confident of a strong performance this weekend.
“I think the team really started to gel in London, it was disappointing to fall to South Africa in the quarter-finals and then Samoa in the Plate Final after beating them on day one,” Foley said.
“But it’s an experience that we can learn from, I’m confident we will show improvement this weekend and we all want to finish the season on a high.
“Murrayfield is a pretty special stadium and being the spiritual home of Sevens, it’s a tournament that all teams are looking to win.”
Australia has been drawn in a tough pool with South Africa, who are looking for back-to-back titles, Canada and Kenya.
Fox Sport will telecast highlights of the finals of the Edinburgh Sevens on 9 June and a replay of the London Sevens will be aired on 2 June.
Australia: Bernard Foley (capt), Ed Jenkins, (vc), Hamish Angus, Lewis Holland, Zack Holmes, Greg Jeloudev, Jono Lance, Jesse Parahi, Brian Sefanaia, Jacob Taylor, Henry Vanderglas, Dan Yakopo.
Edinburgh past winners
2008: New Zealand
2007: New Zealand
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