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Qantas Men's Sevens Named For Penultimate Round Of The Sevens World Series In Glasgow

  
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4/26/2013
By ARU Media Unit


Qantas Men’s Sevens coach, Michael O’Connor, has welcomed the return from injury of two regulars as his side prepares for the penultimate round of the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series in Glasgow, Scotland.

 
O’Connor has named his squad ahead of the Glasgow based event, which runs 4-5 May.
 
The Australians are currently ranked eighth in the World Series, after a third-place finish in Tokyo gave them a crucial boost ahead of the final rounds.
 
O’Connor said Glasgow would be another tough tournament and another key step in his side’s Rugby World Cup Sevens preparation.
 
“With the World Cup so close and with the relegation system in place, sides are playing desperate footy and the gap between the top and the bottom has narrowed significantly,” O’Connor said.
 
“This is such an important tournament. These last two are critical for our standings and to keep that momentum going into the World Cup.
 
“We were really under the pump to do well in Tokyo and we jumped from 11th to eighth in the World Series standings.
 
“To finish third was a great result especially considering we had three guys who were on debut.”
 
While playmaker Allan Fa’alava’au and hardened forward Jordan Tuapou both return from injury for the first time since the Wellington Sevens in February, the Qantas Men’s Sevens will be without forwards Tom Cusack and Jesse Parahi, who both received injuries in Tokyo.
 
“Allan and Jordan are both a bit rusty, but having them back is obviously good, they’re experienced players,” O’Connor said.
 
“It’s disappointing to lose Tom and Jesse. Tom was our best player in the last two tournaments, so that’s a big hit, and Jesse is our current captain so that’s a big loss for us.”
 
The side features two other changes to that which finished third in Tokyo, with Nick Malouf and Laloifi Junior Laloifi recalled for the first time since Port Elizabeth late last year. 
 
Meanwhile, Peter Schuster and Sam Figg have retained their spots in the squad after making their debut in Tokyo.
 
Con Foley will captain the Australian Sevens for the third time this season, after also leading the team in Dubai and Port Elizabeth.
 
The Qantas Men’s Sevens face Argentina, Fiji and Spain in pool play at the Glasgow Sevens.
 
 
Qantas Men’s Sevens Glasgow squad
 
 
 
1 Cam Clark St. Ives, NSW Northern Suburbs, NSW
2 Con Foley (C) Fairfield, QLD University of Queensland, QLD
3 Pama Fou Gailes, QLD Wests, ACT
4 Allan Fa’alava’au Dandenong, VIC Endeavour Hills, VIC
5 Jordan Tuapou Cleveland, QLD Easts Tigers, QLD
6 Peter Schuster Liverpool, NSW Northern Suburbs, NSW
7 Will Miller Berry, NSW Northern Suburbs, NSW
8 Lewis Holland Braidwood, NSW Queanbeyan Whites, ACT
9 Nick Malouf Brisbane, QLD Sunnybank. QLD
10 Sam Figg Pymble, NSW Northern Suburbs, NSW
11 Laloifi Junior Laloifi Brisbane, QLD Sunnybank, QLD
12 James Stannard Perth, WA Souths, QLD
 
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