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Qantas Men's Sevens Glasgow Preview

  
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5/3/2013
By ARU Media Unit


The Qantas Men’s Sevens are preparing for another important tournament this weekend, as they look to improve on their standings in the second-last round of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Glasgow.

The Australians received a significant boost in standings following their third-place finish in Tokyo at the end of March, moving themselves into eighth place and away from the danger of having to qualify for a spot in next year’s series. 
 
Despite the relative safety of their current standing, coach Michael O’Connor said this weekend is just as crucial for his side.
 
“It’s very important that we do well in this tournament,” O’Connor said.
 
“We want to take the standings out of the equation because there’s teams that won’t have core status next year, so the pressure’s on. Sides will be desperate to win.”
 
The Qantas Men’s Sevens face Argentina (ranked equal eighth), Fiji (third) and Spain (15th) in pool play at the Glasgow Sevens.
 
Australia and Argentina have met three times in the current season, with the Aussies topping the ledger 2-1. Argentina won the first clash of the year, 17-14 on the Gold Coast, while Australia won 12-5 in Hong Kong and 31-0 in Tokyo. The Argentines’ best result this season is fourth in South Africa.
 
The Qantas Men’s Sevens have enjoyed a strong year against Fiji, winning three of their four matches this season. The Australians have beaten the third-place Fijians 15-14 on the Gold Coast, 21-12 in Wellington and 21-12 in Tokyo. Their one loss to them was 29-5 in Hong Kong. Fiji’s best result this season is two first-place finishes on the Gold Coast and in Hong Kong.
 
Australia and Spain have played just once this season, with Australia earning a 24-14 win on the Gold Coast. Spain’s best finish this season is seventh place on the Gold Coast.
 
The Qantas Men’s Sevens have welcomed Allan Fa’alava’au and Jordan Tuapou back from injury for Glasgow, while forwards Tom Cusack and Jesse Parahi were ruled out following injuries sustained in Tokyo.
 
Con Foley will lead the side for the third time this season, after also leading the team in Dubai and Port Elizabeth.
 
The Qantas Men’s Sevens kick-off pool play against Argentina at 7:30pm (AEST) on Saturday 4 May, followed by Spain at 10:30pm (AEST) on Saturday 4 May and Fiji at 3:15am (AEST) on Sunday 5 May.
 
Day two of the tournament will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 3 from 7:25pm (AEST) Sunday 5 May.
 
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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