Foley to captain Aussie Sevens in Hong Kong

Mens - Hong Kong
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by Beth Newman

2016 Rio Olympian Con Foley is making his Sevens return in Hong Kong, captaining a youthful Aussie Sevens side in the tournament.

Foley is playing in Queensland Premier Rugby with UQ, after a season with Norths in the Shute Shield last year, but will be back in the Aussie side next week.

"The Comm Games is coming up so the main squad will be heading away to there and Friendy gave me a call and thought I'd be a good person to come in, seeing I've been in the program a while ago, so we'll take a young team over to Hong Kong," he said.

"I've been in all this week, into the new facility at Moore Park there, so a bit of a change moving into there, which is really good, bit of an upgrade in facilities and trying to catch up in all the advancements that they've made."

Australia coach Andy Friend has picked just one player from his Commonwealth Games squad for the Hong Kong tournament, with Brandon Quinn the sole crossover.

Harrison Goddard stepped up for Mitch Short in Parramatta. Photo: SuppliedRebels' third-choice halfback Harrison Goddard has been released for the tournament, the only current Super Rugby player in the squad, while Sam Figg joins Foley in returning to the Sevens fold.

Foley finished up with the Sevens program ahead of the 2016-17 season, and said he hadn't thought about the possibility of a return to the group.

"I'm not really sure, I'm just looking forward to Hong Kong now and looking to have a good tournament there," he said.

Though the Hong Kong team is more of a development squad, Friend said he still expected strong results from the side.

"They're still representing their country, they've still got a big job for us to do," he said

"We're in fourth place at the moment and that's where we want to stay. "

The squad heads to Hong Kong on Monday, ahead of the tournament.

TEAM

Australian Men's Sevens team to play Hong Kong 

1. Jeral Skelton, 3 caps, Brothers QLD

2. Dylan Pietsch, 8 caps, Randwick NSW

3. Sam Croke, 1 cap, Randwick NSW

4. Brandon Quinn, 6 caps, Gordon NSW

5. James Armstrong*, Sydney University

6. Henry Clunies-Ross*, Sydney University

7. Nick Price*, Southern Districts

8. Con Foley (c), 42 caps, University of Queensland

9. Sam Figg, 6 caps, Randwick

10. Lachlan Miller*, South Cross University (Coffs Harbour)

11. Matthew McTaggart*, Easts

12. Triston Reilly*, Randwick

13th man. Harrison Goddard*, Randwick

FIXTURES

Friday April 6

Australia vs Spain, 9:32pm AEST

Saturday April 7

Australia vs Canada, 2:48pm AEST

Australia vs Kenya, 7:10pm AEST