Key returns and losses for Australia Sevens
Australia Sevens coach, Michael O’Connor, has welcomed the return of two regulars from injury as his side prepares for the penultimate round of the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series in Glasgow, Scotland.
The Australians are currently ranked eighth in the World Series, after a third-place finish in Tokyo gave them a crucial boost ahead of the final rounds, and Allan Fa'alava'au and Jordon Tuapou are both included for an important tournament ahead of the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow.
“With the World Cup so close and with the relegation system in place, sides are playing desperate footy and the gap between the top and the bottom has narrowed significantly,” O’Connor said.
“This is such an important tournament. These last two are critical for our standings and to keep that momentum going into the World Cup.
“We were really under the pump to do well in Tokyo and we jumped from 11th to eighth in the World Series standings.
“To finish third was a great result especially considering we had three guys who were on debut.”
Foley to captain Australia
While Fa’alava’au and Tuapou both return from injury for the first time since the Wellington Sevens in February, Australia will be without forwards Tom Cusack and Jesse Parahi, who both received injuries in Tokyo.
“Allan and Jordan are both a bit rusty, but having them back is obviously good, they’re experienced players,” O’Connor added.
“It’s disappointing to lose Tom and Jesse. Tom was our best player in the last two tournaments, so that’s a big hit, and Jesse is our current captain so that’s a big loss for us.”
The side features two other changes to that which finished third in Tokyo, with Nick Malouf and Laloifi Junior Laloifi recalled for the first time since Port Elizabeth late last year.
Meanwhile, Peter Schuster and Sam Figg have retained their spots in the squad after making their debut in Tokyo.
Con Foley will captain the Australian Sevens for the third time this season, after also leading the team in Dubai and Port Elizabeth.
Australia face Argentina, Fiji and Spain in pool play at the Glasgow Sevens.
Australia Sevens squad: Cam Clark, Con Foley, Pama Fou, Allan Fa'alava'au, Jordon Tuapou, Peter Schuster, Will Miller, Lewis Holland, Nick Malouf, Sam Figg, Laloifi Junior Laloifi, James Stannard