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Jenkins returns for London Sevens

  
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5/9/2013
By ARU Media Unit


 A single change has been made to the Qantas Men’s Sevens squad which claimed the Bowl at the Glasgow Sevens last weekend, with regular captain Ed Jenkins returning after a seven-month layoff due to injury.

This weekend’s tournament, the last of the 2012-13 HSBC Sevens World Series, will be Jenkins’ first tournament since injuring his shoulder at the opening round of the Series on the Gold Coast in October last year.
 
Qantas Men’s Sevens coach Michael O’Connor said having Jeknins back in the side would provide a boost to his young charges.
 
“Ed’s a player of tremendous experience and I have no doubt he’ll lift the players,” O’Connor said.
 
“He has been out of action for quite a while, so it was important for us to get him some game time before Rugby World Cup Sevens.”
 
Jenkins, who replaces Will Miller, was looking forward to his return to action after such a lengthy rest.
 
“It’s been tough watching most of the Series from the sidelines,” Jenkins said.
 
“A lot of guys have had to step up this season and they’ve done a great job, I’m just happy to be able to contribute to the team again.”
 
The Qantas Men’s Sevens face South Africa, United States and France in the pool stage of the London Sevens.
 
The Australians are currently ranked 10th in the HSBC Sevens World Series, while South Africa are second, France are seventh and United States are 12th.
 
The Qantas Men’s Sevens have faced South Africa three times this season, losing 17-7 and 21-12 in Port Elizabeth and Hong Kong, respectively, while beating them 28-12 in Wellington.
 
“South Africa are a very physical side,” O’Connor said.
 
“They had a slow start to season and have struggled with injury, but they turned things around and moved their way into second on the standings. There’s no doubt they’ll be tough.”
 
The Australians have met and defeated the United States twice this season, 19-12 in Dubai and 26-7 in Las Vegas.
 
“The USA are not to be underestimated,” O’Connor said.
 
“They might be ranked below us in the standings, but that doesn’t mean a great deal in the World Series and they were good enough to keep their core status. 
 
“We beat them at home earlier this year, so they’ll definitely be gunning for us.”
 
The results are split against France, with a 31-5 loss in Port Elizabeth and a 31-7 win in Tokyo.
 
“France have speed, flair and physicality to match. They’re always a handful and they’ve got some serious x-factor in their team,” O’Connor said.
 
The Qantas Men’s Sevens kick off pool play on Saturday 11 May against South Africa at 6:52pm (AEST), followed by United States at 11:02pm (AEST). They then meet France at 1:24am (AEST) on Sunday 12 May.
 
Day two of the London Sevens will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 3HD from 7:00pm (AEST), Sunday 12 May.
 

Qantas Men’s Sevens London squad

View the Qantas Men’s Sevens squad for London here

1

Cam Clark

Fairlight, NSW

Northern Suburbs, NSW

2

Con Foley

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

Ed Jenkins (c)

Sydney, NSW

Sydney University, 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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