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Qantas Men's Sevens visit orphanage in Port Elizabeth

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By ARU Media Unit

The Qantas Men’s Sevens squad has taken time out of its training schedule to return to the Sinethemba Orphanage in Port Elizabeth ahead of the third round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

It is the second year the Australian squad has visited the orphanage and a tradition they hope to continue as they look to support the work the Sinethemba Orphanage does.
The team brought with them stationary, Australian children’s books and Australian pins and also shared their Rugby knowledge with young children during their visit.
Qantas Men’s Sevens team manager, Luca Liussi, said the visits were a highlight for the players, who enjoyed running through Rugby drills with the children.
“We showed the kids some Rugby skills and drills and played some games with them and in return they showed us their learning room and sung us some educational songs,” Liussi said.
“It was a truly humbling experience and the team enjoyed themselves as much as the kids.”
The visit offered perspective on the team’s performance at the Dubai Sevens last weekend, where the team was eliminated in the Shield semi-final.
Qantas Men’s Sevens coach Michael O’Connor says his team has worked hard to correct mistakes made in the lead up to Port Elizabeth’s Mandela Bay Sevens.
Just two days away from the kick-off of the third round of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Port Elizabeth, O’Connor said fundamentals and a lack of cohesion had let his side down in Dubai.
“We’ve been working hard this week,” O’Connor said.
“Practice makes perfect and we’ve just got to get more practice in.
“We have a young squad together, we need more time to gel and I think we’ll be a lot better this weekend.”
The Qantas Men’s Sevens arrived in Port Elizabeth earlier this week looking to make amends after their worst-ever finish in a HSBC Sevens World Series round in Dubai.
O’Connor said the entire team could learn from the mistakes of Dubai, including himself.
“We can all do better,” O’Connor said.
“I made a coaching error in our pool game against Canada.
“We were up 28-14 with a minute to go and I emptied the bench to give the new guys some experience and that really cost us.”
O’Connor’s squad for Dubai featured four debutants, after injury ruled out several key players including captain Ed Jenkins.
While he was happy to add further depth to the squad, O’Connor admitted Dubai wasn’t the ideal testing ground for the new players.
“It is a positive to get these guys exposure, but getting it on the circuit isn’t the best way to do it,” O’Connor said.
Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens runs 8-9 December, with the Qantas Men’s Sevens facing France at 10:34pm (AEDT) on Saturday 8 December, Samoa at 1:18am (AEDT) on Sunday 9 December and France at 4:36am (AEDT) on Sunday 9 December in pool play.
Qantas Men’s Sevens Dubai squad


Damon Anderson


Peter Lee


Sean McMahon


Will Miller


Jordan Tuapou


Con Foley (C)


Cam Clark


Greg Jeloudev


Nick Malouf


Jack Grant


Pama Fou


Laloifi Junior Laloifi

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