Anstee aiming up in Singapore

Mens - Singapore
by Sam Phillips

Aussie Sevens young gun Tim Anstee wants to be one of Australia's go to men when the going gets tough, as preparations ramp up for the Singapore 7s.

Having made his World Series debut in Dubai 18 months ago, Anstee is now a regular part of the Australian fold.

His 192cm, 93kg frame is integral to Australia's structure through the middle of the field and in the mould of stand in skipper Jesse Parahi, Anstee wants to kick things up a notch.

"I want to take on a leadership role and take on that role on the field," Anstee said.Tim Anstee is ready to take his game to the next level. Photo: Getty Images"I want to impose myself on the other teams, put my hand up when the big moments come and if I can do that this weekend, that'd be great."

Anstee praised the role Parahi has played in Lewi Holland and James Stannard's absence, as the Australians prepare for their first tournament under the guidance of new coach Tim Walsh.

"Jesse's been great ever since he has taken on the captaincy role," Anstee said."He's had a few big tournaments in Vancouver, Las Vegas and even at the Comm Games.Anstee praised the role Parahi has played in the Australian squad. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart Walmsley"He's been working hard and we can't wait to get behind him this weekend."

Anstee will get his first chance to impress in a tough set of pool matches, with New Zealand, Scotland and Wales all awaiting the Aussies.

"It's a pretty solid, tough pool," Anstee said.

"The Kiwis won the Commonwealth Games and the Scots and Wales, they're no easy beats.

"We have to go out there, stick to our game plan, nullify their threats and get on top of them."

FIXTURES

Saturday April 28 - All times AEST

1pm - Australia vs Scotland

4:50pm - Australia vs New Zealand

7:54pm - Australia vs Wales