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Injury forces change to Aussie Thunderbolts team for uprising Fiji International Sevens

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By ARU Media Unit

Aussie Thunderbolt’s coach, Michael O’Connor, has been forced to make two changes to his squad for the Uprising Fiji International Sevens Tournament, being held in Lautoka Fiji this weekend.

Charlie Clifton comes in for the injured Jordan Tuapou, while Ben Adams replaces Nick Malouf. 
Coach Michael O’Connor believes the side, which will leave for Fiji today, has a good balance of youth and experience. 
“We’re bringing players back from injury, the likes of Shannon Walker and Lewis Holland are coming back from some time on the sideline,” O’Connor said. 
“We’re also blooding new players in an attempt to build our playing depth. 
“Tom Cusack will be playing his first major tournament along with Charlie Clifton. 
“Ben Adams returns from almost two years out of the game after suffering a major injury in Samoa in 2011 and I’m pleased he’s worked his way back into the side.
“The Fiji tournament serves two purposes for us, to bring players back from injury and provide them with game time and to further develop the depth in our Men’s side.” 
The Thunderbolts will feature five members of the Qantas Men’s Sevens side that claimed the Bowl in Port Elizabeth, with Cam Clark, Con Foley, Pama Fou, Laloifi Junior Laloifi and Peter Lee named in the squad.
Returning from injury are Lewis Holland and Shannon Walker. 
Meanwhile, Australian Under-20 player Thomas Cusack and former Gold Coast Titans development prospect Lausii Taliauli have also been brought into the squad.
The Uprising Fiji International Sevens, runs 18-19 January in Lautoka Fiji, an opportunity to provide game time to a number of key players ahead of the resumption of the HSBC Sevens World Series, in Wellington, New Zealand on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 February.

Aussie Thunderbolts for Uprising Fiji International Sevens


Cam Clark


Thomas Cusack


Con Foley


Pama Fou


Lewis Holland


Laloifi Junior Laloifi


Peter Lee


Ben Adams


Will Miller


Lausii Taliauli


Charlie Clifton


Shannon Walker

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