Jeloudev and Fa'alava'au return to the fold for Dubai

by staff

Qantas Australian Men's Sevens Head Coach Geraint John has named his 12-man squad that will travel to Asia for the Dubai Sevens (5-7 December).

The pacy duo of Greg Jeloudev (ankle) and Allan Fa'alava'au (ineligible) return after sitting out the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens World Series opener on the Gold Coast in October.

27-cap veteran forward Jesse Parahi misses out after breaking a finger in training last Thursday and will undergo surgery today (Monday). Afa Pakalani (shoulder) and Shannon Walker (foot) are also unavailable through injury.

Head Coach Geraint John said: "I've picked a squad that I believe has the attributes to really impress in Dubai. We have added some extra pace and dynamism with the inclusion of Greg [Jeloudev] and Allan [Fa'alava'au] and I feel we have the attacking capabilities to hurt the opposition.

“In my opinion we have a tough pool in Dubai and we will need to be at our very best if we are to progress to the Cup Quarters. Kenya and the USA both have experienced coaches at the helm and have some terrific athletes to choose from, while England have a nice balance to their squad this year and enjoyed some special wins on the Gold Coast.”

Australia opens its Pool C campaign at the 50,000 capacity 7he Sevens stadium against Paul Treu's Kenyan side before a clash against a USA side likely to feature the fastest man on the Sevens circuit in Carlin Isles. England provide the opposition for the final pool clash fresh off the back of a promising tournament on the Gold Coast that saw them finish third.

Australia currently sit joint-seventh on 10 points after the first stop of the 2014/15 series. Fiji are the early series leaders after thrilling their way to victory in south east Queensland last month.

Fans can watch all of the action live from Dubai on FOX SPORTS.

Australian Men’s Sevens fixtures for Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 5-7 December:

Australia v Kenya, Pool C, 6.36pm (AEDT), 5 December

Australia v USA, Pool C, 9.36pm (AEDT), 5 December

Australia v England, Pool C, 3.31am (AEDT), 6 December

Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens squad for the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens World Series in Dubai, United Arab Emirates:

Cameron Clark. Club: Northern Suburbs, NSW. Hometown: Sydney, NSW

Tom Cusack. Club: Canberra Royals, ACT. Hometown: Canberra, ACT

Allan Fa'alava'au. Club: Endeavour Hills, VIC. Hometown: Auckland, NZ

Con Foley. Club: University of Queensland, QLD. Hometown: Fairfield, QLD

Pama Fou. Club: South, QLD. Hometown: Brisbane, QLD

Alex Gibbon. Club: Southern Districts, NSW. Hometown: Lismore, NSW

Lewis Holland. Club: Queanbeyan Whites. Hometown: Queanbeyan, NSW

Greg Jeloudev. Club: Sydney University. Hometown: Sydney, NSW

Ed Jenkins. Club: Sydney University, NSW. Hometown: Sydney, NSW

Nick Malouf. Club: Sydney University, NSW. Hometown: Robertson, QLD

Sam Myers. Club: Northern Suburbs, NSW. Hometown: Grenfell, NSW

James Stannard. Club: Souths, QLD. Born: Brisbane, QLD