Opportunity aplenty for Aussie Sevens debutants: Foley

Mens - Hong Kong
by Sam Phillips

The Australian Sevens' Commonwealth Games campaign is just over a week away but for Con Foley and the Aussies in Hong Kong, all eyes are on a tournament opener against Spain.

After a year spent playing for Norths in the Shute Shield, Foley returns to the Sevens setup as captain of an inexperienced squad.

There are six debutants in the 12 man squad and the stand in skipper encouraged those players to take the opportunity afforded to them at what is Foley's favourite leg of the World Series.

"I haven't played for the Sevens in a while and it's been even longer since captaining," Foley told RUGBY.com.au.

"It's a bit of a different experience again.

"It's a massive event.

Foley will lead the Australians at the Hong Kong 7s. Photo: World Rugby"The whole city shuts down for a week and there is plenty going on.

"It's definitely a good place to come back to."

Among the debutants are the likes of Matt McTaggart, Nicky Price and Henry Clunies-Ross, who have been on the fringe of the squad for some time.

"It's a very young side but I think that's an exciting thing," Foley said.

"A lot of young guys get a chance to show what they've got that might not have had a crack.Nicky Price will make his Aussie Sevens debut in Hong Kong. Photo: Rugby AU Media"This week we've just been working on what the main squad has been working on.

"We are keeping the young guys nerves down but we are making sure they're very excited to get a good crack."

The Aussies kick off their campaign against Spain on Friday night before tackling Kenya and Canada in their other pool matches on day two.

"A lot of our focus has been going towards (Spain), making sure we get off on the right foot against those guys and chalking up a win against them," Foley said.

"After that we will worry about Kenya and Canada on day two."

The Aussie Sevens kick off their Hong Kong 7s campaign on Friday night against Spain at 9:32pm AEST, broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS.


Aussie Sevens pool matches at the Hong Kong 7s (all times AEST)

Friday, April 5

9:32pm - vs Spain

Saturday, April 6

2:48pmvs Canada

7:10pm - vs Kenya