Aussie men rotate side for Paris

Mens - Paris
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by Beth Newman

Coach Tim Walsh has made three changes to his Aussie men's side for the final World Series leg in Paris this weekend.

Walsh has brought rookies Brandon Quinn, Jeral Skelton and Dylan Pietsch into the main 12 for the French leg, as Australia looks for redemption after a disappointing seventh-placing in London.

Liam McNamara will also make his return from an ACL in the tournament, his first in the 2017-18 season.

“It was unacceptable, parts of our game (in London), and we know that as a group, so it's just - we've got the opportunity now to turn it around and go out there and do what we love here in Paris, we're preparing and parking that and moving on to the next job," Walsh said,

Porch has been one of the standouts for Australia in the 2017-18 series, but Walsh said it was important to give opportunities to their entire squad, especially with the Sevens World Cup just over a month away.

“We have a really good squad and we're building it and it's important that players are always getting experience and we're doing what's right for the team,” he said.

“You got guys coming in - Brandon Quinn in Singapore, I thought he had a fantastic tournament and just to bring him in fresh in a back-to-back second tournament, is just benefit to the team.

“That's the way we operate - we're going to have a really strong squad of 20 who we can turn to, whoever it is and when there's niggles or there's some fatigue or something like that, there's someone there to jump in and do it.”

Quinn said he hoped he and the other inclusions would be able to step up in Paris.

“I guess that's the idea - fresh faces, a week in you can get the same kind of thing happening, so I guess having an impact is probably the key focus for us three coming into this weekend,” he siad.

The Aussies will take on Ireland, Spain and Wales in their Paris Sevens pool, kicking off with Wales at 5pm AEST Saturday.

TEAM

IN: Brandon Quinn, Jeral Skelton, Dylan Pietsch

OUT: Triston Reilly, John Porch, Tom Connor 

1. Jeral Skelton, 5 caps, Brothers

2. Dylan Pietsch, 10 caps, Randwick

3. Sam Myers, 36 caps, Norths (Sydney)

4. Lewis Holland (c), 37 caps, Queanbeyan

5. Ben O'Donnell, 9 caps, Randwick

6. Brandon Quinn, 8 caps, Gordon

7. Tim Anstee, 19 caps, Eastwood

8. Liam McNamara, 8 caps, Sunnybank

9. Boyd Killingworth, 18 caps, Warringah

10. Tom Lucas, 26 caps, Sunnybank

11. Maurice Longbottom, 7 caps, Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team

12. Lachie Anderson, 16 caps, Eastwood

13th man Joe Pincus, 1 cap, University of Queensland

FIXTURES

Aussie Men's Paris Sevens pool matches

All times AEST. 

Saturday June 9

Australia vs Wales, 5pm

Australia vs Spain, 7:56pm

Sunday June 10

Australia vs Ireland, 1:48am